Still recovering from last week’s onslaught of terrific Blu-ray releases? Have any money left? Fortunately, things slow down a bit this week to provide a little breather before some of the major titles coming out at the end of the month. Even so, there are a few things of note waiting to claim what little cash remains in your wallet. Let’s take a look.
As you can see, the release slate this week isn’t quite as daunting as last week’s.
- ‘Bangkok Adrenaline‘ (Image)
- ‘The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection 2‘ (BBC)
- ‘Callas Forever‘ (Image)
- ‘The Darjeeling Limited‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Dio: Holy Diver – Live‘ (Eagle Rock)
- ‘Dollhouse: Season 2‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘The Hangover: Extreme Hangover Edition‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘I Am Love‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Jonah Hex‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Kevin Hart: I’m a Little Man‘ (Image)
- ‘Ladies and Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones‘ (Eagle Rock)
- ‘The Lost Boys: The Thirst‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘The Magician‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Mega Piranha‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘The Original Christmas Classics Collection‘ (Vivendi)
- ‘The Oxford Murders‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Red Dragon‘ (Universal)
- ‘Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer‘ (Classic Media)
- ‘S&Man‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Score: Uncut & Uncensored‘ (Cult Epics)
- ‘Sex and Lucia‘ (Palm)
- ‘Three Kings‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Warren Miller’s Dynasty‘ (Shout! Factory)
- ‘Wolverine and the X-Men: The Complete Series‘ (Lionsgate)
The only major day-and-date title on the docket is this past summer’s box office bomb ‘Jonah Hex‘, which proved once again that not every obscure comic book character needs his own movie. After the similar failure of ‘Jennifer’s Body‘ last year, ‘Hex’ may have also proved that Megan Fox doesn’t have much of a career in front of her now that she’s been dumped from the ‘Transformers‘ franchise.
On a drastically different note, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton drew some rave reviews for the art house melodrama ‘I Am Love‘. I didn’t get a chance to catch this one in theaters, but have a feeling that its location shooting in Italy will make for some nice high-def visuals.
On the catalog front, The Criterion Collection comes on strong with Wes Anderson’s ‘The Darjeeling Limited‘ and Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Magician‘. These are my two must-buy discs this week, personally.
Also notable: ‘Three Kings‘, ‘Sex and Lucia‘, and the second (and final) season of Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse‘.
One disc I won’t be buying is the pointless re-release of ‘The Hangover‘. The previous Blu-ray edition was more than sufficient. This isn’t a movie that will benefit at all from extra bonus features. What new things of interest are we expected to learn – just how much awesome fun everybody had working with everybody else, and how it was the most incredible experience of their lives? Yawn.
I think I’ll also skip over ‘Red Dragon‘, Brett Ratner’s uninspired prequel to ‘The Silence of the Lambs‘. It’s based on the Thomas Harris novel of the same name that was written prior to ‘Lambs’. Michael Mann previously adapted the same story under the title ‘Manhunter’ to vastly superior results. (That one is available on Blu-ray as part of the ‘Hannibal Lecter Collection‘ box set.)