After three very expensive weeks in a row, the Blu-ray release schedule takes a bit of a breather this week before gearing up for the next barrage in October. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing worth buying, of course. The studios have rolled out a bunch of interesting catalog titles, including some great classic comedies.
Here’s the list:
- ‘Airplane!‘ (Paramount – Sept 25th)
- ‘Aspen: The Complete Mini-Series‘ (Timeless Media Group)
- ‘Basket Case‘ (Image)
- ‘Battling Butler / Go West‘ (Kino)
- ‘Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition‘ (Warner)
- ‘The Blood Trilogy‘ (Image)
- ‘Bored to Death: The Complete Second Season‘ (HBO)
- ‘Carlos (2010)‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Christmas Lights 2: Bigger Dazzling Displays‘ (Music Distribution)
- ‘Dead Cert‘ (Shout Factory)
- ‘Dragon Crusaders‘ (Asylum)
- ‘Extract‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Footloose‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris‘ (Mill Creek)
- ‘The Gamera Trilogy‘ (Mill Creek)
- ‘Good Neighbors‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Heathers (Image Entertainment)‘ (Image)
- ‘Horror Express‘ (MPI)
- ‘The Hour‘ (BBC)
- ‘The House by the Cemetery‘ (Blue Underground)
- ‘Inside Out‘ (Vivendi)
- ‘Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos‘ (Comedy Central)
- ‘The Kennedys‘ (New Group)
- ‘The Ledge‘ (MPI)
- ‘The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions (Double Feature)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Mimic: Director’s Cut‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Mutant Girls Squad‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!‘ (Paramount – Sept 25th)
- ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 : Freddy’s Revenge / A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Double Feature)‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘Ocean’s Twelve / Ocean’s Thirteen (Double Feature)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘The Phantom Carriage‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Pink Floyd: The Dark Side Of The Moon – Immersive Edition‘ (Capitol Records)
- ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles‘ (Paramount – Sept 25th)
- ‘Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky‘ (Tokyo Shock)
- ‘The Stool Pigeon‘ (Well Go USA)
- ‘Torso‘ (Blue Underground)
- ‘Trigun Badlands Rumble‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Viva Riva!‘ (Music Box Films)
- ‘The Weird World of Blowfly‘ (Indieblitz)
- ‘Yu Yu Hakusho: Season 3‘ (FUNimation)
The late Leslie Nielsen finally gets his due on Blu-ray, as Paramount releases his two most hilarious comedies, ‘Airplane!‘ and ‘The Naked Gun‘. Although not a Nielsen film, the studio also offers up another terrific ’80s comedy with ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles‘. How much any of these movies will actually benefit from high definition remains to be seen, but I’ll take any upgrade I can get. [Note that all three of these discs are apparently Best Buy exclusives.]
If you’re in the mood for something a little more serious, Warner gives us its new 50th Anniversary restoration of ‘Ben-Hur‘ in one of those deluxe box sets that will eat up a ton of shelf space. I believe that Best Buy is getting an exclusive edition in smaller packaging.
‘Mimic‘ is one of the weaker movies from director Guillermo del Toro, but our reviewer Michael says that the new Director’s Cut is an improvement over the badly-compromised theatrical cut.
Conveniently timed to benefit from promotion for the new remake, the original ‘Footloose‘ is also being released today.
I used to own the 1990s ‘Gamera Trilogy‘ on DVD from ADVision, and all the discs were totally crap quality. The first movie was obviously sourced from a VHS tape. The fact that Mill Creek has crammed two of the films onto one disc doesn’t give me a lot of hope for the Blu-rays either, but anything will be an improvement over what I used to have. The films themselves are good, cheesy fun.
On the TV front, we get HBO’s ‘Bored to Death‘, which is one of my favorites, and the British production ‘The Hour‘. I saw the first episode of that one, and it was pretty intriguing.
Finally, the Criterion Collection unveils ‘Carlos‘, Olivier Assayas’ epic 5 ½ hour biopic about the notorious international terrorist, plus the 1921 Swedish silent film ‘The Phantom Carriage‘. What an odd double-bill those will make.
Which discs are you buying this week?