2/22/11 for Highlights Blu-ray

This is another slow week in Blu-ray land. In fact, the most interesting disc on the docket is the re-issue of a title that was one of the first Blu-rays ever released. That’s a sad state of affairs, isn’t it?

For what it’s worth, here’s the full list of what we’re looking at this week:

As mentioned, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece ‘Memento‘ was one of the earliest Blu-ray releases back in 2006. It was a decent enough disc for the time, though it suffered from being a MPEG-2 encode crammed onto a single-layer disc with PCM sound, and had no bonus features. The movie’s rights have since moved from Sony to Lionsgate. The new studio tries to right those wrongs with a new 10th Anniversary Special Edition, which is weird given that the film is actually eleven years old. In any case, the disc boasts a brand new transfer approved by Christopher Nolan that’s a little sharper, a little more saturated, and a lot contrastier. Sadly, it’s also a little more teal. The new disc brings over some (unfortunately not all) of the supplements from that infamous Limited Edition DVD (the one with the impossible-to-navigate menus). It does not include the chronological version of the movie.

I’m looking forward to ‘Get Low‘, the period piece dramedy starring Robert Duvall as a crazy old coot who decides to stage his own funeral to see who will show up. Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek are also in the cast. I’ve heard good things about the film. It generated a lot of buzz on the festival circuit a couple years ago, but then just sort of disappeared in general release. I have high hopes.

If you have kids, then you probably have no choice but to buy a copy of ‘Megamind‘ when it streets on Friday. I haven’t seen it. The trailers did nothing for me. In his review (follow the link above), Aaron says that the movie is pretty mediocre, and he was also surprisingly disappointed by the problematic Blu-ray transfer. It sounds like somebody at the studio screwed something up pretty badly.

Given that I’ve already seen both ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ and ‘The Hangover‘, I have little interest in ‘Due Date‘, which appears to slam them both together into one high-concept package. Aaron liked it well enough (we’re both on the same page about how overrated ‘The Hangover’ was), mostly for Robert Downey, Jr. He didn’t seem bowled over by it, though. This looks like rental fodder to me.

David Guggenheim, director of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, tackles the sad stage of the American educational system in his latest documentary, ‘Waiting for Superman‘. It sounds incredibly depressing. I don’t know that I can handle this right now.

48 Hrs.‘ is a classic ’80s buddy action movie that set the template for that genre in the decade. According to E’s review, the Blu-ray is a mediocre affair all around, unfortunately.

Finally, the Criterion Collection cranks out three new releases this week: ‘Fish Tank‘, ‘Senso‘, and ‘Sweet Smell of Success‘. I know next to nothing about any of them, though I’ve heard good things about the performances in ‘Fish Tank’.