Blu-ray Highlights for 9/20/11 – Have Any Money Left?

Last week’s Blu-ray release slate had the potential to bankrupt anyone foolish enough to buy every title worth owning. While this week may not be quite as financially devastating, the studios haven’t let up releasing some great titles.

Here’s what we’re up against:

The two best releases of the week are both catalog titles. Paramount offers the Audrey Hepburn classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘, while Disney gives ‘Dumbo‘ a 70th Anniversary Edition.

Of the day-and-date titles, ‘Bridesmaids‘ is by far the most appealing. The R-rated comedy was a big hit over the summer for writer/star Kristen Wiig.

Back to catalog titles for a minute. Despite being a fairly obvious ‘Sixth Sense’ knockoff and having a twist ending that’s pretty easy to figure out in advance, ‘The Others‘ is still a classy and atmospheric ghost story starring Nicole Kidman. Beyond that, a pair of campy ’80s cult flicks also make their high-def debuts: ‘Dead Heat‘ and ‘Vamp‘.

The second season of ‘Modern Family‘ leads the TV offerings this week. HBO’s ‘Hung‘ is perhaps an acquired taste, but I enjoy it. On the other hand, I just couldn’t get into ‘How to Make It in America‘ and had to give up after the first couple of episodes. I’m really surprised that HBO renewed that one for a second season.

Finally, the Criterion Collection brings out two Claude Chabrol classics from the 1950s: ‘Le Beau Serge‘ and ‘Les Cousins‘.


  1. bruce

    Picked up, breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Others and Dumbo.. No shit this is an expensive month.. Last week was killer.. Had a Star Wars marathon over the weekend..

  2. EM

    At the risk of sounding like yet another member of the chorus of dreamland Timothy Q. Mouses, I’m going to say, “Dumbo!” I’ve been deferring a lot of my Blu-ray purchases for budgetary reasons, but this one should be one of the less expensive ones, and so I might pick it up sooner instead of later.

  3. Yeah, I am broke. That being said, the only thing that really interests me is The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Kinda disappointed that we don’t get Melancholy, though.

    I am debating on giving Breakfast at Tiffany’s another chance. I got it on Laserdisc, and only watched about the first 15 minutes of it because it was not at all what I was expecting. I may revisit again now that I have a realistic expectation of what the movie is.