The biggest movie of the year comes out on Blu-ray this week. Unfortunately, beyond that, there’s not too much else of interest.
Here’s the release slate:
- ‘2010 World Series Film: Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants‘ (Shout Factory)
- ‘About Last Night…‘ (Image)
- ‘Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright‘ (Maya)
- ‘Alice in Wonderland (2010) – 3D‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Alice in Wonderland – 3D (2010) (4-Disc Combo Pack)‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Attack on Pearl Harbor – 70th Commemorative Edition‘ (Timeless Media Group)
- ‘Beyoncé: I Am… World Tour‘ (Sony Music)
- ‘The Big Hit‘ (Image)
- ‘Closer‘ (Image)
- ‘Cronos: The Criterion Collection‘ (Criterion)
- ‘The Deep‘ (Image)
- ‘Elvis Costello: Spectacle – Season Two‘ (Service Corp.)
- ‘Half Past Dead‘ (Image)
- ‘Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre‘ (Image)
- ‘Harsh Times‘ (Vivendi)
- ‘Inception‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Inception – Briefcase Gift Set (WBShop Exclusive)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Les Gamins‘ (Happy Chicken)
- ‘Lost in Translation‘ (Universal)
- ‘Mademoiselle Chambon‘ (Kino)
- ‘Music from the Twilight Saga – Videos and Performances: Volume 1‘ (Summit – December 4th)
- ‘Nature: Echo – An Elephant to Remember‘ (PBS)
- ‘Rush Hour‘ (New Line)
- ‘Shrek Forever After‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Shrek: The Whole Story‘ (DreamWorks)
- ‘St. Elmo’s Fire‘ (Image)
- ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Combo Pack)‘ (Summit – December 4th)
- ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Movie Only Edition)‘ (Summit – December 4th)
- ‘Videodrome‘ (Criterion)
- ‘The Year of Getting to Know Us‘ (E1)
Obviously, ‘Inception‘ is the week’s major “A” title. It was both one of the year’s biggest blockbusters and also one of its most critically acclaimed films. Drew’s thoughts on the movie are on record, and you can find mine as well. I wasn’t quite as in love with it as he is, but still found it to be one of the most interesting movies in a long time. I look forward to revisiting it on video. While the Blu-ray is being issued in a standard release that most viewers will find perfectly satisfactory, fans of elaborate packaging hopefully ordered the exclusive Briefcase Gift Set from WBShop.com in advance. Sadly, the site is sold out at this point. As a mid-way compromise, FYE has its own exclusive Steelbook edition. If you’re interested, be sure to grab that one while you can.
Next up in order of prominence (as far as day-and-date titles go) would be ‘Shrek Forever After‘, the latest (and supposedly final – until next year’s spin-off) installment in a franchise that went stale about 10 minutes into its first movie. Does anyone still care about Shrek at this point? I suppose so, since this was another pretty big box office hit. If you’ve got kids, you probably have no choice but to buy this.
Oh damn, it looks like I forgot for a minute there that ‘Twilight: Eclipse‘ was also released over the weekend, along with a separate music video tie-in Blu-ray. I have absolutely nothing to say about this. You can read Drew’s review if you really have any interest in this franchise.
The Criterion Collection continues to issue some of the most fascinating titles of the year. This week sees ‘Cronos‘, the debut feature from Guillermo del Toro, and David Cronenberg’s early masterpiece ‘Videodrome‘. I’ve seen the ‘Videodrome’ disc, and its video and audio quality are both excellent.
The only other catalog title this week that interests me is Sophia Coppola’s ‘Lost in Translation‘. However, I still have the HD DVD release, which will continue to suit me well enough unless word comes that Universal has sprung for a stunning new transfer. That seems pretty unlikely.
It looks like a handful of titles previously distributed by Sony have changed hands to Image Entertainment. This is the second time around for ‘About Last Night…‘, ‘The Big Hit‘, ‘Closer‘, ‘The Deep‘, ‘Half Past Dead‘, and ‘St. Elmo’s Fire‘. I have no idea whether any of these are different transfers than the earlier Blu-rays or just straight repackagings under the new label.