• Warner Archive reveals that The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) is coming to Blu-ray!
    Warner Archive reveals that The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) is coming to Blu-ray!
  • Warner Bros. sets Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections for release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on 3/8
    Warner Bros. sets Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections for release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on 3/8
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s DUEL in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s DUEL in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
  • BREAKING: It appears that David Fincher’s PANIC ROOM (2002) is finally coming to 4K Ultra HD from Sony
    BREAKING: It appears that David Fincher’s PANIC ROOM (2002) is finally coming to 4K Ultra HD from Sony
  • Tim reviews David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE in 4K Ultra HD from The Criterion Collection
    Tim reviews David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE in 4K Ultra HD from The Criterion Collection
  • Criterion’s April slate includes Al Reinert’s FOR ALL MANKIND in 4K, plus ‘Round Midnight on Blu-ray & more!
    Criterion’s April slate includes Al Reinert’s FOR ALL MANKIND in 4K, plus ‘Round Midnight on Blu-ray & more!
  • Paramount sets Francis Ford Coppola’s restored THE GODFATHER TRILOGY for 4K Ultra HD release on 3/22!
    Paramount sets Francis Ford Coppola’s restored THE GODFATHER TRILOGY for 4K Ultra HD release on 3/22!
  • Disney confirms that Peter Jackson’s THE BEATLES: GET BACK will arrive on Blu-ray & DVD on 2/8
    Disney confirms that Peter Jackson’s THE BEATLES: GET BACK will arrive on Blu-ray & DVD on 2/8
  • Warner Bros. makes Frank Darabont’s THE GREEN MILE (1999) official for 4K Ultra HD release on 2/22
    Warner Bros. makes Frank Darabont’s THE GREEN MILE (1999) official for 4K Ultra HD release on 2/22
  • Kino Lorber Studio Classics is bringing Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING and KILLER’S KISS to 4K Ultra HD!
    Kino Lorber Studio Classics is bringing Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING and KILLER’S KISS to 4K Ultra HD!
  • Sony’s GHOSTBUSTERS ULTIMATE COLLECTION packs I, II and AFTERLIFE in 4K with HOURS of new extras!
    Sony’s GHOSTBUSTERS ULTIMATE COLLECTION packs I, II and AFTERLIFE in 4K with HOURS of new extras!
  • Stephen reviews Paul Morrissey’s FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973) in 4K & 3D from Vinegar Syndrome
    Stephen reviews Paul Morrissey’s FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973) in 4K & 3D from Vinegar Syndrome
  • Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE a magnificent pure-cinema epic & demo worthy 4K UHD from Warner Bros.
    Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE a magnificent pure-cinema epic & demo worthy 4K UHD from Warner Bros.
  • Arrow’s March slate includes American Werewolf in London, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein & RoboCop in 4K UHD!
    Arrow’s March slate includes American Werewolf in London, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein & RoboCop in 4K UHD!
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January 26, 2022 - 7:12 pm

We’ve got another new review for you today: Stephen has taken a look at Lewis Gilbert’s The 7th Dawn (1964), which stars William Holden and Susannah York. It’s now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Stephen has also posted a first for The BitsA Blu-ray Review Supplemental—this one for his review from yesterday of Allan Arkush’s Get Crazy on Blu-ray, also from KLSC. After reading Stephen’s review, Arkush himself was generous enough to provide some additional background information on the remastering work and the making of the disc and its special features. If you’re a fan of the film, I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Now then... some release news: Kino Lorber Studio Classics has officially set their 4K Ultra HD of In the Heat of the Night for release on 4/19. You can see the cover artwork on the left. Note that this is one of KLSC’s 4K titles that will have SDR only, along with 5.1 and the original 2.0 mono audio. Extras on the UHD disc will include a new audio commentary by film historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson, along with Robert Mirisch (nephew of Walter Mirisch, and son of the Mirisch Company founder Harold Mirisch). You’ll also get the existing commentary with director Norman Jewison, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and actors Rod Steiger and Lee Grant. [Read on here...]

January 25, 2022 - 6:50 pm

We have a couple more new disc reviews this afternoon and more release news for you as well. As always, reviews first...

Stephen has checked out a pair of Blu-ray titles today, including Craig Lahiff’s Black and White (2002) from Umbrella Entertainment—another Sunburnt Screens label title—and also Allan Arkush’s Get Crazy (1983) from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Both are well worth a look, and it sounds like Get Crazy in particular includes a bunch of great bonus content. So enjoy Stephen’s reviews.

Now then, our friends over at The Warner Archive Collection have begun to reveal some great new catalog Blu-ray titles that they’re working on for release in 2022 (they’re listed as “coming soon” at the moment) and the three they’ve mentioned so far are real gems.

First up is Michael Curtiz’s Captains of the Clouds (1942) starring James Cagney. This is mastered from a new 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives. Extras will include a 1942 Newsreel, the vintage 1942 color WB short Rocky Mountain Big Game, the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons What’s Cookin’, Doc? and Hold the Lion, Please (in HD), and the original theatrical trailer. [Read on here...]

January 24, 2022 - 8:44 pm

We’ve got a couple more new disc reviews to start the week with here at The Bits...

Stephen has given Alfred Hitchcock’s Rich and Strange (1931) a look on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

He’s also offered his thoughts today on John Duigan’s Sirens (1994) on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment, recently released as part of their Sunburnt Screens label.

And we’ve got another new History, Legacy & Showmanship piece for you this afternoon from our own Michael Coate. Michael’s film retrospectives take a great deal of time and effort to produce, and as such they occasionally become bonus content. So here’s a fun “leftover” from 2021 in which Michael and film historian Gary Gerani celebrate the 50th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Duel. Enjoy!

Now then... the big announcement news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections for release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on 3/8 (SRP $29.99, $24.99, and $19.99), with the Digital release available on 1/25. [Read on here...]

January 20, 2022 - 4:30 pm

We’ve got a bunch of ground to cover today, including a TON of new and recent disc reviews, lots of 4K Ultra HD catalog and new release news, and some regular Blu-ray news as well. I’ve been so distracted over the last week or so, what with all of the major announcements and the time required to track down and confirm release rumors, that I’ve neglected to mention the many disc reviews that we’ve posted here at the site during that time. So, let’s tackle those first...

Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch (2021) and Scott Cooper’s Antlers (2021) from 20th Century Studios, James C Wasson’s Night of the Demon (1980) from Severin Films, and Dario Argento’s Trauma (1993) from Vinegar Syndrome, all on Blu-ray Disc.

Tim has looked at Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family (1991) from Paramount, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001) from Criterion, Dennis Donnelly’s The Toolbox Murders (1978) from Blue Underground, and William Lustig’s Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993) from Blue Underground, all in 4K Ultra HD, as well as the Nasty Habits: The Nunsploitation Collection from Severin Films, John Hancock’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) from Imprint Films, Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) from Paramount, and Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Turkey Shoot (1982) from Umbrella Entertainment, all on Blu-ray.

And Dennis has delivered his take on Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) as recently re-issued by Paramount, as well as Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude (1971), also from Paramount and both released on regular Blu-ray.

All of these titles are worth a look and there’s certainly something for everyone in that line-up. If you’re a fan of It’s a Wonderful Life, don’t forget that our own Michael Coate recently profiled the film for its 75th anniversary in his most recent History, Legacy and Showmanship column here at The Bits—it’s definitely worth a look if you missed at Christmas time. [Read on here...]

January 19, 2022 - 12:00 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

January 18, 2022 - 1:00 pm

First things first today: The Criterion Collection has just announced their April Blu-ray and 4K release slate and—as always—it’s another great list of titles.

Look for Alex Cox’s Walker (Spine #423 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/12, Vittorio De Sica’s Miracle in Milan (Spine #1119 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It (Spine #1120 – Blu-ray only) on 4/19, and Arie and Chuko Esiri’s Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) (Spine #1121 – Blu-ray and DVD), Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘Round Midnight (Spine #1122 – Blu-ray and DVD), and Al Reinert’s For All Mankind (Spine #54 – 4K Ultra HD – Blu-ray and DVD already available) on 4/26. You can see the 4K art for For All Mankind on the left, and we’ll post the rest of the cover artwork over the next few days as the titles become available for pre-order on Amazon.

Here’s some more great breaking news: Our friends at Powerhouse Films have just informed us that their outstanding Indicator label—which already delivers fantastic special edition Blu-ray titles to the UK and European market—is officially coming to the US!

The company has partnered with Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, to ensure that retailers throughout North America will be able to carry Indicator releases. These will include Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sunrise, Critics Choice, and DiabolikDVD. The first Indicator titles should start becoming available here in the US starting this week. [Read on here...]

January 13, 2022 - 12:06 pm

Well, this has been a bit of a head-spinning and confusing series of developments so far today (as I’m sure you’ll all agree).

You see... not long after we posted Paramount’s official press release for The Godfather Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD this morning (see our earlier post here), it quickly became clear that the text didn’t answer all of our questions.

So we’ve had multiple rounds of confirmation emails with the studio, not to mention forensic photo examinations, as well as a significant bit of retailer listing sleuthing to try to sort out all the important details of this 4K release. We originally thought that this Godfather Trilogy 4K release included 3-disc and 5-disc 4K SKUs.

Then surprise... not long after all that investigation, international retailer listings made the situation even more complicated, suggesting that it’s actually 5-disc and 9-disc 4K SKUs!

No kidding.

But... I just got off the phone with Paramount, and they’re now telling me that—at least here in the US—what’s actually coming is a 5-disc set, and the same 5-disc set just with more swag in the packaging.

SO… here’s what we now THINK is included in each version that’s coming to 4K Ultra HD on 3/22... [Read on here...]

January 13, 2022 - 8:19 am

Here’s Paramount’s official press release announcing the theatrical and home video release of The Godfather Trilogy...

Paramount Pictures Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s Cinematic Masterpiece

Experience the Acclaimed Classic in Theatres and on Home Entertainment Platforms

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – January 13, 2022 — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award®-winning* masterwork The Godfather, Paramount Pictures announced today that the film will have a limited theatrical release in Dolby Vision beginning February 25, 2022 exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the U.S., as well as in international territories around the world. All three films in the epic trilogy have been meticulously restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on March 22, 2022. [Read on here...]

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