The beginning of November is a big week for kids’ movies on Blu-ray. Whether you have children or are just a kid at heart yourself, there’s plenty to spend your money on. Don’t worry, even if you’re a grumpy old adult, you might still be able to find a thing or two of interest as well.
Take a look over this list:
- ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai‘ (Sony)
- ‘Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Centurion‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (DVD Packaging)‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Dinosaurs Alive! – 3D‘ (Image)
- ‘Disney’s WOW World of Wonder‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘ExTerminators‘ (Image)
- ‘The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition‘ (Warner)
- ‘Highlander‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Highlander 2‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘IMAX: Grand Canyon Adventure – River at Risk – 3D‘ (Image)
- ‘IMAX: Van Gogh – Brush with Genius‘ (Image)
- ‘Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax: The Big 4 – Live from Sofia, Bulgaria‘ (Warner Music)
- ‘Ocean Odyssey‘ (PBS)
- ‘The Pacific‘ (HBO)
- ‘Phil Collins: Going Back – Live at the Roseland Ballroom NYC‘ (Eagle Rock)
- ‘Salt (PBS)‘ (PBS)
- ‘The Sound of Music: Limited Edition Collector’s Set‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘The Sound of Music (DVD Packaging)‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘The Sound of Music (Digibook)‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘The Sound of Music‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Thomas Kincade’s Christmas Cottage‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Toy Story 3 (2-Disc Edition)‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Toy Story 3 (4-Disc Combo Pack)‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Toy Story Trilogy: Ultimate Toy Box Collection‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘V: The Complete First Season‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘White Christmas‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Wild Ocean – 3D‘ (Image)
Obviously, the biggest title of the week is ‘Toy Story 3‘, the final chapter in the Pixar’s blockbuster franchise. The movie made gobs of money in theaters, and will no doubt do so on video too. Disney offers up three separate Blu-ray editions, including one in a box set with the earlier two ‘Toy Story’ films, just in case you had enough will power to hold off purchasing them earlier this year. Be warned, though: a 3-D edition is inevitable eventually.
If that puts you in the mood to look back on your own childhood, Fox and Warner hope to cash in with catalog releases of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘ and ‘The Goonies‘ respectively. Although it’s not technically a kids’ film, ‘The Sound of Music‘ is a perennial family favorite. (And it has a bunch of kids in it.) I hear that Fox put some effort into remastering that one.
If you’re hoping for more mature fare, I would suggest David Lean’s classic war epic ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai‘. And if that gets you hyped up for more WWII drama, try ‘The Pacific‘, HBO’s miniseries sequel to ‘Band of Brothers‘.
Lionsgate appeals to the cult movie crowd this week with ‘Highlander‘ and its first (legendarily awful) sequel. I’ve never understood the appeal of this franchise, personally. I thought the first one was pretty laughably bad, and can’t believe it spawned so many sequels and even a TV series. I guess this is one of those things you either “get” or you don’t, and I feel left out. If you’re a fan, I’m sure you’ll enjoy all that decapitatin’ action in high-def.
Finally, we turn to the TV front, where Warner gives us the first season of its ‘V‘ reboot. I watched this show when it aired, and recapped it a little here in the blog. Honestly, I’m not sure why I stuck it out through the whole season. It’s not very good, and the terrible CG effects are just plain embarrassing in high definition.