Blu-ray collectors generally dread the so-called “double dip,” when a studio reissues a title previously released on the format in hopes of convincing fans to buy yet another copy. To justify this, the new disc had better offer either compelling new content or a significant improvement in quality over the older edition. This week, Sony launches a whole new product line of high-def reissues that have left many Blu-ray shoppers confused and skeptical. Will you bite?
This is a pretty good week to be a Tom Cruise fan. The actor’s new sci-fi flick ‘Oblivion’ is still doing well in theaters, and a movie of his from last year (that you probably haven’t seen) hits video on Tuesday. Also new on Blu-ray, we have an interesting assortment of horror, classics, musicals, guilty pleasures, forgotten treasures and existential mystery. Surely, there must be something in here for you?
Last week was a pretty stressful time in world events, particularly for those of us who live in Boston. (Rest assured, everything is fine at the Zyber household.) Now we must attempt to return to some sense of normalcy, which for this site means taking a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases. To that end, we have a couple of genre pastiches, a couple of dramas based on true events, the 3D re-release of a classic summer blockbuster and more.
The final week of March brings us a huge new slate of Blu-ray releases. Sadly, it’s mostly a case of quantity over quality. However, a recent Oscar winner, some classics, some cult flicks and a few TV box sets of note stand out above the rest.
Do you remember the days when movies wouldn’t come to home video until six months to a year after they finished their theatrical runs? Lately, the release windows have shrunken so much that even major, high-profile Oscar nominees hit Blu-ray barely eight weeks after their theatrical opening weekends. Is that a good or bad thing? For someone like me who rarely gets out to the theater anymore, I suppose it’s very nice indeed.
One of the year’s big Oscar winners comes to Blu-ray this week, along with another piece of obvious Oscar bait that failed to do its job. Beyond those, we also get a few more interesting titles, including a drive-in classic and the greatest fusion of live action and animation ever put to screen.
Perhaps due to a desire not to draw attention away from the Oscars, or perhaps simply due to a shortage of worthwhile product to release, the Hollywood studios have chosen to go light on notable new Blu-ray releases this week. However, at least a couple of acclaimed films and one cult comedy managed to slip through.