It’s Ellen Ripley vs. Marty McFly in the battle for your Blu-ray buying dollar. This week sees the release of two hugely-anticipated franchise box sets. Unbelievably, there’s even more coming out that may be worth a look, too. Prepare to empty those wallets, folks!
Here’s the full list:
- ‘Alice Cooper: Theatre of Death – Live at Hammersmith 2009 (w/bonus CD)‘ (Bigger Picture – October 25th)
- ‘Alien Anthology‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Altitude‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy‘ (Universal)
- ‘Elf: Ultimate Collector’s Edition‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘The Frighteners‘ (Universal)
- ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire‘ (Music Box)
- ‘Going the Distance‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘House (1977)‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Los Angeles Lakers – 2010 NBA Finals Series: Collector’s Edition‘ (Image)
- ‘Maniac (1980)‘ (Blue Underground)
- ‘Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K.581 / Horn Quintet, K.407 / String Quartet, K.169 – 3D‘ (AIX Records)
- ‘NFL: Ultimate NFL‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Paths of Glory‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express‘ (Acorn Media)
- ‘Santa Claus: The Movie‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Score‘ (Cult Epics)
- ‘Sex and the City 2‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Slings and Arrows: The Complete Collection‘ (Acorn Media)
- ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season Two‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Winter’s Bone‘ (Lionsgate)
Obviously, the ‘Alien Anthology‘ and ‘Back to the Future Trilogy‘ are major releases that tend to overshadow anything else coming out this week. Can any serious movie fan resist either one? I sure can’t. The ‘Alien’ set even comes with approximately 872,000 hours of bonus features. That’s just a daunting package. It will surely qualify as one of the best Blu-ray releases of the year, if not ever.
Nonetheless, there are other titles worth buying this week too. The Criterion Collection gives us both Stanley Kubrick’s war classic ‘Paths of Glory‘ and the insane 1977 Japanese horror film ‘House‘. What a strange pairing of movies to release together.
‘The Girl Who Played with Fire‘ is the first sequel to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘. (A third movie, called ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, will complete the trilogy.) I know that Drew here at the blog isn’t a fan of this series, but I liked ‘Dragon Tattoo’ a lot. Both sequels were originally produced as TV movies, and are reportedly a step down in production values from the first. I haven’t seen ‘Fire’ yet, but I hear (from sources other than Drew) that it’s a worthy continuation of the story.
Fans of the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ animated series will be happy to pick up the second season. Unfortunately, I just can’t bring myself to watch the show, even though I’m told that it’s pretty good. (Nate loved the first season when he reviewed it.) I saw that horrid theatrical feature and really can’t get over how astoundingly stupid it was. Seriously, Jabba the Hutt has a drag queen uncle who talks like Truman Capote. No, I’m sorry, I can’t do it…
The “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” of ‘Elf‘ also looks questionable to me. It’s not that I don’t like the movie (I do), but I’m not sure if the studio has bothered to remaster it. The original Blu-ray release was a smeary DNR mess. If this is the same transfer bundled up with new supplements, that will be truly disappointing.
Finally, I feel compelled to acknowledge ‘Sex and the City 2‘, only because my wife is a fan of the TV series and the first movie. And yet, even she couldn’t bring herself to go see the sequel, the trailers for which were truly ghastly. Something tells me that it will make its way into our home anyway, unfortunately.