• BREAKING: Alita: Battle Angel, The Doors: The Final Cut, Pet Sematary (2019), Cinderella: 70th & more!
    BREAKING: Alita: Battle Angel, The Doors: The Final Cut, Pet Sematary (2019), Cinderella: 70th & more!
  • Michael Coate looks back at Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace for its 20th anniversary
    Michael Coate looks back at Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace for its 20th anniversary
  • Sony sets Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me for release on 4K Ultra HD on 8/27 (with a new Atmos mix)
    Sony sets Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me for release on 4K Ultra HD on 8/27 (with a new Atmos mix)
  • Alita: Battle Angel arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra HD on 7/23 (and the 4K will include Blu-ray 3D)
    Alita: Battle Angel arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra HD on 7/23 (and the 4K will include Blu-ray 3D)
  • Universal sets Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003) and Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld (1985) for 4K Ultra HD release on 7/9
    Universal sets Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003) and Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld (1985) for 4K Ultra HD release on 7/9
  • Criterion’s August slate includes Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, Jane Campion, Yasujiro Ozu & more
    Criterion’s August slate includes Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, Jane Campion, Yasujiro Ozu & more
  • Disney and Marvel’s make Captain Marvel official for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 6/11
    Disney and Marvel’s make Captain Marvel official for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 6/11
  • Bill reviews Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, a reference quality picture and sound upgrade on 4K Ultra HD
    Bill reviews Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, a reference quality picture and sound upgrade on 4K Ultra HD
  • Duncan Jones’ MOON is coming to 4K as a new 10th Anniversary Edition from Sony
    Duncan Jones’ MOON is coming to 4K as a new 10th Anniversary Edition from Sony
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is coming to 4K, along with Hellboy, Toy Story 1-3, Wizard of Oz & more
    Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is coming to 4K, along with Hellboy, Toy Story 1-3, Wizard of Oz & more
  • Bill reviews Todd Douglas Miller’s exceptional Apollo 11 documentary on Blu-ray Disc from Neon and Universal
    Bill reviews Todd Douglas Miller’s exceptional Apollo 11 documentary on Blu-ray Disc from Neon and Universal
  • Bill checks out Ridley Scott’s ALIEN in 4K Ultra HD, a gorgeous 40th Anniversary restoration with HDR10+
    Bill checks out Ridley Scott’s ALIEN in 4K Ultra HD, a gorgeous 40th Anniversary restoration with HDR10+
My Two Cents
May 21, 2019 - 12:51 pm

All right, I trust you all saw our new History, Legacy, and Showmanship column from last night featuring Michael Coate’s retrospective on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday. You’ll find that here and if you’re a Star Wars fan, I think it’s well worth your time.

Meanwhile, we have some major new Blu-ray and 4K announcements for you today, so read on...

First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just officially set Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD (with Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D) on 7/23. The Digital version will be available on 7/9. The 4K will include not only Dolby Atmos audio, but HDR in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+. Aspect ratio is 2.39:1, per the press release.

And there will be HOURS of special features, as follows... [Read on here...]

May 20, 2019 - 2:48 pm

We’re going to have a new Michael Coate retrospective today in his History, Legacy & Showmanship column here at The Bits, looking back at Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in honor of yesterday’s 20th anniversary for the film. That will be up later this afternoon, so be sure to watch for it.

In the meantime, we have a bit of 4K and standard Blu-ray news to report...

First up, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me for release on 4K Ultra HD on 8/27. Scanned from the original camera negative, the film will be presented with a new Dolby Atmos mix, along with the original theatrical mono audio and the previous 5.1 remix. Extras on the 4K disc will include never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes. The package will also include the previous Blu-ray with picture-in-picture video commentary with Reiner and the cast, the Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me documentary, and audio commentary with Reiner. You can see the cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

May 17, 2019 - 3:58 pm

Okay, this is just a very quick late Friday update to let you all know that director Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel will officially arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23, with the Digital release expected on 7/9.

And the great news is that the 4K Ultra HD package will include a Blu-ray 3D version of the film too. (It appears that the 4K package will be the only way to get the film in 3D in the States, unless there’s a retail exclusive SKU we don’t know about yet.)

This is official from the Fox Movies website, and we would expect the home video press release to go out at any time now.

You can see the 4K cover artwork at left, and we have artwork for all three versions below. [Read on here...]

May 17, 2019 - 3:02 pm

All right, we’ve got a news roundup and a couple of updates for you today...

First, Tim has posted a new review of Book of Monsters on Blu-ray from Dread and Epic Pictures. Also, Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997) on Blu-ray from Criterion. Enjoy!

The big news today is that Warner Archive has just officially announced the Blu-ray release of Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series (1964). We hear the set is expected next month (street date TBA). The 3-disc set will include all 26 original episodes newly-remastered in full HD from the original film elements. Audio will be 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras will include the Jonny Quest: Adventures in Animation featurette, a special version of the Double Danger episode with Quest Files facts and trivia, the Jonny Quest Video Handbook, and a Vintage P.F. Flyers Sneaker Commercial. You can see the cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

May 16, 2019 - 12:34 pm

All right, just some quick odds and ends in today’s post while I’m off to work on reviews...

Tim has posted his thoughts on Alexander Singer’s Psyche 59 (1964) from Powerhouse Films and Indicator as well as David Blyth’s Death Warmed Up (1984) from Severin Films. Both are available on Blu-ray, so do give them a look if you’re interested.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. has just officially set DC Universe animated film Batman: Hush for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/13, with the Digital release expected on 7/20. Extras will include the DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock animated short, the Batman: Love in Time of War featurette, audio commentary (with executive producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland, and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker), a sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and two From the DC Vault episodes of The Batman/Superman Hour (including The Underworld Underground Caper and Partners in Peril). You can see the over artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

May 15, 2019 - 2:52 pm

All right, we’ve got a couple things for you today...

First a couple of new Blu-ray reviews... Tim has looked at Cyril Frankel’s The Witches, aka The Devil’s Own (1966) on disc from Hammer Films by way of Scream Factory. Tim’s also reviewed Eddie Adlum’s Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) from Severin Films.

More reviews are on the way here too; I’m working on Hannibal 4K from Kino, Shout! and GKids’ new Princess Mononoke: Collector’s Edition, and more. So watch for those in the next few days.

The big announcement news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on 4K Ultra HD on 10/1. [Read on here...]

May 13, 2019 - 3:01 pm

So... did you guys happen to see/enjoy/rage at last night’s penultimate episode of Game of Thrones? It was doozy, that’s for sure. But more on that in a minute (and I assure you, there will be no spoilers).

First, we have some new Blu-ray reviews for you... Tim has posted his thoughts on Nicolas Roeg’s Track 29 (1988) in a new Region B Blu-ray release from Indicator and Powerhouse Films. Meanwhile, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Tom O’Horgan’s Rhinoceros (1974) from Kino Classics.

Now then, in release news, Lionsgate has just announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital debut of Claire Denis’ new high-concept science fiction film High Life on 7/9. I actually hope they’ll consider releasing this in 4K, because the film’s visuals certainly deserve it. In the meantime, the Blu-ray will include 2 featurettes (Audacious, Passionate, and Dangerous: Making High Life and Visualizing the Abyss: The Look of High Life) with audio in 5.1 DTS-HD MA. You can see the cover artwork at the left and also below. [Read on here...]

May 13, 2019 - 1:00 am

This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

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