The beginning of November is apparently Pixar week on Blu-ray. The month starts off with the studio’s latest blockbuster new release, plus reissues of some of its classics.
The following discs come out this week:
- ‘11-11-11‘ (Asylum)
- ‘Another Gay Blu-ray‘ (TLA Releasing)
- ‘Becoming Jane‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition‘ (Acorn Media)
- ‘Cars 2‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Cars 2 (DVD Packaging)‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Cars 2 – 3D‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Cars: Director’s Edition‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Chicago: Live in Concert‘ (Image)
- ‘Christmas with a Capital C‘ (Virgil Films)
- ‘A Christmas Carol: 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition‘ (VCI)
- ‘The Complete 3D Toy Story Collection‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Cop Land: Collector’s Edition‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Crazy Stupid Love (Combo Pack)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love (Movie-Only Edition)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Despair‘ (Olive Films)
- ‘The First Nudie Musical: 35th Anniversary Edition‘ (Kritzerland – Nov. 5th)
- ‘Going Places‘ (Kino)
- ‘The Grateful Dead Movie‘ (Shout Factory)
- ‘Hook‘ (Sony)
- ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: Collector’s Edition Gift Set‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Jethro Tull: Aqualung – 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition‘ (EMI)
- ‘Life / Planet Earth Special Edition Collection‘ (BBC)
- ‘Lindsey Buckingham: Songs from the Small Machine – Live in L.A.‘ (Eagle Rock)
- ‘Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon‘ (Universal)
- ‘Michael McDonald: Live‘ (Image)
- ‘The Nutcracker: The Untold Story‘ (Universal)
- ‘The Phantom of the Opera (1925)‘ (Image)
- ‘The Prophecy‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘Scrooged‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Steve Winwood: Live‘ (Image)
- ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three‘ (MGM/UA)
- ‘Tom Cruise Collection‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Toy Story – 3D‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Toy Story 2 – 3D‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Toy Story 3 – 3D‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Trespass‘ (Millennium)
- ‘Trespass (Combo Pack)‘ (Millennium)
- ‘The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series‘ (Image)
- ‘Usher: OMG Tour – Live from London‘ (Eagle Rock)
- ‘Warren Miller’s Wintervention‘ (Shout Factory)
- ‘Water for Elephants‘ (20th Century Fox)
The critical consensus has it that ‘Cars 2‘ is the film that finally broke Pixar’s winning streak. It’s the first Pixar production to be openly savaged in reviews. It currently sits at a lowly 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Like many others, Luke here hated, hated, hated it. Nevertheless, the movie grossed almost $550 million and is comfortably sitting among the year’s Top 10 earners. I couldn’t bring myself to see it in theaters, but I have to admit that I’ll still pick up the Blu-ray anyway – first, out of some misguided urge to be a completist Pixar collector, and secondly, because I’m sure that the 3D disc will make splendid eye candy. The first movie practically begged for 3D. Those race scenes have got to look incredible. I’ll just be sure to set my expectations really low.
For really big fans of the franchise, Pixar also offers up a “Director’s Edition” box set that contains both ‘Cars’ features, the ‘Mater’s Tall Tales’ series, and a bunch of collectible swag. I can live without this, personally.
Harder to resist (for 3D fans, anyway) will be the new 3D reissues of all three ‘Toy Story‘ movies. The third film was of course natively created in 3D. Pixar re-rendered the animation for the previous two, which should yield much better results than a typical 2D-to-3D conversion. You can buy these separately or in a box set.
The other big day-and-date releases this week include the romantic comedy ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.‘, which got some pretty great reviews, and the Robert Pattinson/Reese Witherspoon drama ‘Water for Elephants‘, which didn’t. At all. Oh, there’s also ‘Trespass‘, the latest crapfest from director Joel Schumacher. This one reunites him with Nicolas Cage (from ‘8mm’) and Nicole Kidman (from ‘Batman Forever’), both of whom have Oscars now and really ought to know better. Everyone who’s seen the movie says that it’s awful, awful, awful.
Among the notable catalog titles, we have George Clooney’s directorial debut (with screenplay by Charlie Kaufman) ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind‘, and the 1925 adaptation of ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘, which features a legendary performance from Lon Chaney. When I was a teenager, I thought that Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan tale ‘Hook‘ was just fantastic. When I saw it again as an adult, it really made me cringe. Even so, I’m sure that the movie has some nostalgic fans who’ll want it on Blu-ray.
The studios continue to churn out Christmas-themed movies as well. The best of them this week would be Bill Murray’s take on ‘A Christmas Carol’, the hilarious ‘Scrooged‘.
If you happen to have a lot of cash on hand and didn’t buy any of the five individual season box sets, Image Entertainment will be happy to sell you a Complete Series collection of the original ‘The Twilight Zone‘. That’s over 150 episodes!
Which discs are you picking up this week?