• Bits editor Bill Hunt on two Comic-Con panels, plus a Terminator 2 4K update & a GKids/Ghibli BD update
    Bits editor Bill Hunt on two Comic-Con panels, plus a Terminator 2 4K update & a GKids/Ghibli BD update
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai, Terminator 2, Starship Troopers & E.T. are all coming to 4K Ultra HD
    The Bridge on the River Kwai, Terminator 2, Starship Troopers & E.T. are all coming to 4K Ultra HD
  • In honor of George A. Romero, The Bits presents a classic feature from 2001: “Telling Tales with John & George”
    In honor of George A. Romero, The Bits presents a classic feature from 2001: “Telling Tales with John & George”
  • Michael Coate & author Calum Waddell celebrate the 30th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop
    Michael Coate & author Calum Waddell celebrate the 30th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop
  • Disney makes James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 official for Blu-ray, 3D & 4K Ultra HD on 8/22
    Disney makes James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 official for Blu-ray, 3D & 4K Ultra HD on 8/22
  • Michael Coate and Bond experts celebrate Sir Roger Moore and The Spy Who Loved Me’s 40th anniversary
    Michael Coate and Bond experts celebrate Sir Roger Moore and The Spy Who Loved Me’s 40th anniversary
  • Michael Coate looks back at Steven Lisberger’s Tron on its 35th Anniversary with historian William Kallay
    Michael Coate looks back at Steven Lisberger’s Tron on its 35th Anniversary with historian William Kallay
  • Surprise! HBO sets Westworld: Season One for 4K UHD (w/BD & DVD) in November, plus more Lionsgate 4K
    Surprise! HBO sets Westworld: Season One for 4K UHD (w/BD & DVD) in November, plus more Lionsgate 4K
  • Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary BD. plus The Digital Bits presents our 2017 4K Ultra HD Release Update!
    Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary BD, plus The Digital Bits presents our 2017 4K Ultra HD Release Update!
  • Return to 2019 with Michael Coate and a panel of experts to celebrate 35 years of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
    Return to 2019 with Michael Coate and a panel of experts to celebrate 35 years of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with an updated look at the film’s original release
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with an updated look at the film’s original release
  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20!
    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20!
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July 20, 2017 - 3:27 pm   |   by

All right, today’s a bit of a catch-up day here at The Bits...

First, Tim has reviewed a trio of Blu-ray titles for you, including Kino’s Moving Violations, Grindhouse Releasing’s Gone with the Pope, and Arrow Academy’s Terror in a Texas Town. Do give them a look.

Now then... this will be our last post until Monday, as I’m headed down to Comic-Con in San Diego tomorrow. For the record, I’m scheduled to be on TWO panels at the Con this weekend.

First, I’m moderating the Breaking News from Shout! Factory and Scream Factory panel tomorrow (Friday) at 8-9 PM in Room 4 at the San Diego Convention Center (details here):

“Join Shout! Factory’s Jeremy Whitham (Development Director), Brian Ward (Senior Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production), and Jeff Nelson (Senior Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks. Moderated by Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits.” [Read on here…]


July 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve a LOT of ground to cover today: Tons of news and announcements, plus some good stuff here at The Bits for you too. Let’s start with the latter...

Tim has turned in new reviews of Meteor (1979) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and also Dave Parker’s It Watches on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment. Both are worth your time. And if you like It Watches, be sure to check out Dave’s Sweet Tooth from Tales of Halloween, as well The Hills Run Red and The Dead Reborn too.

Also today, in honor of the late George Romero, I wanted to share a special feature we did here at The Bits way back in 2001: Telling Tales with John and George. I had the honor of spending an afternoon with George and filmmaker John Harrison (Frank Herbert’s Dune) while they recorded the audio commentary for Paramount’s Tales from the Darkside: The Movie DVD. It really gives you a good sense, I think, of who George was as a person: Truly one of the kindest, warmest, and most engaging people I’ve had the pleasure to meet in my 30+ years in this industry. I hope you’ll enjoy it. [Read on here…]


July 17, 2017 - 9:00 am   |   by

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, all you have to do is click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to its Amazon.com pre-order page. Don’t forget, anytime you order literally anything at all from Amazon after clicking to them from any one our links, a portion of the order price goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. It makes a big difference in our being able to continue our work. So we thank you!

- Bill Hunt


July 14, 2017 - 9:13 am   |   by

All right, no official update yet from Disney on the HDR on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 4K. There are reports that Dolby is claiming Dolby Vision will only be on the 4K streaming version, but we haven’t been able to confirm that yet. So stay tuned.

Disney has however, officially just announced (at D23) that they’re releasing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/3, with the Digital release due on 9/19. We know that it will have HDR (so HDR-10, no word specifically of Dolby Vision) and that it will include Dolby Atmos audio. “Bonus material includes a collection of behind-the-scenes, making-of stories, including a conversation with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; a sit-down with the two young newcomers who play Henry and Carina; the secrets behind the menacing new villain, Salazar, and his ferocious ghost sharks; an on-set visit with Jack’s first mate from all five films; a chat with Sir Paul McCartney who appears as Uncle Jack; and a discussion about the franchise’s legacy; along with hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and memories from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s photo diary.” No other details are yet available. You can see the cover art at left.

Meanwhile, we have two new Blu-ray reviews for you today: Tim has checked out Vinegar Syndrome’s Psycho Cop Returns and Psychic Killer, both worth your time if you’re a fan of the genre. Do check them out. [Read on here…]


July 13, 2017 - 3:00 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a couple of things for you today, including a little bit of follow-up on this Disney/Guardians Vol 2 4K Dolby Vision thing. More on that in a moment...

First, Michael Coate has a great new History, Legacy & Showmanship column for you today that celebrates Sir Roger Moore and the 40th Anniversary of the classic Bond installment The Spy Who Loved Me. Michael is joined by another fine roundtable of Bond experts to discuss the film and I think you’ll really enjoy reading what they have to say. So you’ll find that here.

Now then... some announcement news: Universal has officially set The Mummy (2017) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 9/12, with the Digital HD release expected on 8/22. [Read on here…]


July 12, 2017 - 3:34 pm   |   by

All right, let’s get this out of the way right off the top: Yesterday, when Disney finally made the official announcement that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will arrive on 4K Ultra HD (as well as Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD) on 8/22, we made a point to contact the studio to confirm that the 4K Ultra HD disc would include Dolby Vision HDR. And we were assured that it would. So we added that update to our report.

Some context here: Our sources within the studio and around the industry have long told us that one of the reasons Disney has taken their time embracing the 4K format was that they’re bullish about Dolby Vision, and wanted to wait until more hardware manufacturers and consumers had embraced it. They wanted more Dolby Vision-capable displays and players out there in the hands of consumers. [Read on here…]


July 11, 2017 - 2:38 pm   |   by

All right, we knew it was coming but now Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has just made it official: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is officially coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/22, while the Digital HD release will happen on 8/8. Extras on the Blu-ray editions will include the 4-part The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 documentary, audio commentary with director James Gunn, 4 deleted scenes, the Visionary Intro featurette, a Guardians Inferno music video with David Hasselhoff, and a Gag Reel. There will also be digital exclusive features, including 3 Scene Breakdowns and a Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! Disneyland ride preview. The 4K Ultra HD version will feature English Dolby Atmos. We are working to confirm that it will also feature Dolby Vision HDR. [Editor’s Note: Disney has confirmed to us that the 4K Ultra HD release will feature Dolby Vision HDR.] The Blu-ray versions will include English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. [Read on here…]


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