We’ve got a pretty weak slate of new Blu-ray releases coming out today, if you ask me. Is there anything worth buying? Let’s take a look and see what we can find.
Here’s the list of discs being released:
- ‘36th Precinct‘ (Palisades Tartan)
- ‘Band Baaja Baaraat‘ (Dancing Dolphin)
- ‘Battle: Los Angeles‘ (Sony)
- ‘Battle: Los Angeles (Combo Pack)‘ (Sony)
- ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Boondock Saints: Truth & Justice Edition‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Camille 2000: Extended Edition‘ (Cult Epics)
- ‘The Cincinnati Kid‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Dance In the Vampire Bund: Complete Series‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Dare to Cook, Seasonal Italian Cuisine‘ (Bennett-Watt)
- ‘Dare to Cook, Seasonal Italian Cuisine: Fall‘ (Bennett-Watt)
- ‘Dare to Cook, Seasonal Italian Cuisine: Spring‘ (Bennett-Watt)
- ‘Dare to Cook, Seasonal Italian Cuisine: Summer‘ (Bennett-Watt)
- ‘Dare to Cook, Seasonal Italian Cuisine: Winter‘ (Bennett-Watt)
- ‘Hall Pass‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Hall Pass (Enlarged Edition)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Ultimate Edition‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Ultimate Edition‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Haven: The Complete First Season‘ (E1)
- ‘The Image‘ (Synapse Films)
- ‘Insignificance‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Johnny Mnemonic‘ (Image)
- ‘Kill the Irishman‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Kingdom of War: Part 1‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Kingdom of War: Part 2‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Kingdom of War: Part I & II‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Last Exile: The Complete Series‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen‘ (Well Go USA)
- ‘Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen: Collector’s Edition‘ (Well Go USA)
- ‘The Makioka Sisters‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Marvel Knights Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. / Iron Man: Extremis‘ (Shout Factory)
- ‘N-Secure‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Point Break (Reissue)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Red Riding Hood‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Red Riding Hood: Alternate Cut (Combo Pack)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Supernatural: The Complete Second Season‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘When They Were Young‘ (Image)
The only marginally interesting day-and-date title is the sci-fi actioner ‘Battle: Los Angeles‘, which by all accounts is cliché-ridden and thoroughly mediocre. But at least it has lots of visual effects and stuff blowin’ up. That might be worth a rental.
Otherwise, we have to deal with the Farrelly brothers’ latest comedy flop ‘Hall Pass‘ (yawn), that ‘Red Riding Hood‘ movie from the director of ‘Twilight’ (ugh), or – god help us all – Martin Lawrence’s third dragsploitation-fest ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son‘. No, just no. These do not ever need to be watched.
Can’t get enough of Johnny Knoxville and the boys? (I sure can, and have.) Well, you’re in luck. They shot so much unused extra footage for ‘Jackass 3‘ that they’ve managed to put together a whole separate movie of stunt-making stupidity: ‘Jackass 3.5‘. As far as I know, there’s still no 3D on this Blu-ray. If you can’t watch a guy taking a sledgehammer to the nuts in 3D, then what’s the point of watching it at all?
It’s double-dip time yet again for the ‘Harry Potter‘ series. This week gives us the Ultimate Editions of the franchise’s fifth and sixth movies. The films have not been extended, to the best of my knowledge. All we’re getting here is fancier packaging and some extra bonus features. But, if you’re a completist, here are two more discs to spend your money on.
Now let’s dig up some cult films. The dopey-but-fun ‘Boondock Saints‘ gets a totally superfluous Truth & Justice Edition double-dip. Keanu Reeves’ idiotic cyberpunk thriller ‘Johnny Mnemonic‘ finally makes its way to these shores. (The movie had previously been released on Blu-ray in Japan.) And Radley Metzger’s softcore cheesefest ‘Camille 2000‘ gets a new extended director’s cut and a high-def makeover, so you can ogle those boobies in HD and listen to that glorious lounge music in pure lossless quality.
The Criterion Collection gives us two obscure ’80s movies that I’d honestly never even heard of before. Our reviewer Steven feels that ‘Insignificance‘ has an intriguing premise that doesn’t quite come together. All I know of ‘The Makioka Sisters‘ is that it’s a Japanese family drama.
On the TV front, fans of ‘Supernatural‘ can finally fill in the gaps in their collections with the release of the show’s second season. For some reason, Warner Bros. has been releasing the show’s seasons in totally random order, starting with the third, then progressing to the fourth, then first, then fifth, and now second. What’s up with that? The recently-completed sixth season has still not yet been given a firm release date, either.