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This week offers up many titles, but few worth owning... However, if you’re a fan of Japanese cinema (no, no the shock type, but a more poetical picture) Criterion has a little something for you... and they’re also releasing an underrated Nicolas Roeg headtrip for your viewing pleasure. For those with more mainstream tastes there’s a slew of recent theatrical films on Blu-ray, and Warner’s catches fans up with Harry Potter with more HD Ultimate Editions of the successful franchise.
This Sunday on Blu-ray, Paramount releases The Firm (1993) starring Tom Cruise... but is it worth buying or are we being asked to purchase something that, sooner or later, probably soon, will end up a lot cheaper after being dumped into a bargain bin? Let’s find out...
This week on Blu-ray Warner Bros is offering up some goodies worth of the format ("Papillon", "Grand Prix"). Criterion also puts two older titles on Blu-ray ("The Great Dictator", "Solaris"), and that’s always worth a mention for the loving care they give their releases; however, if you own the already awesome DVDs, you need to consider the extra spend for what amounts to minor improvements at best.
This week in Blu-ray brings us some Justin Bieber, a few Criterion releases as well as a solid classic from Fox. The rest of the bunch... well, it depends on what your interests are and if what you consider a value in Blu-ray titles that may or may not have a terrific transfer behind them (most don’t... so, caveat emptor).
This week on Blu-ray we've got the Alien set, now available as stand-alone Blu-ray discs, and a load of Digibook releases on BD that are definitely worth a purchase for your HD library. Also recommended are some Digibook releases, including Patton and Master and Commander. Other blu-ray discs to hit the shelves are Blue Valentine, one of the best films of 2010, and a Criterion release of a very fun Jonathan Demme movie, Something Wild, that may be worth a rental or even a buy. For Marilyn Monroe fans, a few classic films come your way and offer BD-quality transfers of old faves.
This week there's not a heck of a lot to recommend as must-own Blu-ray discs, though for dramedy you may wanna check out Ben Stiller in "Greenberg" as well as the newest Atom Egoyan film for rental. The standouts are "In Bruges" and Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia" remake.
This week is long on releases... check 'em out below. A few are recommended (The Crazies, The Leopard, The White Ribbon), and one is partially recommended (Predator), but the rest are a mixed bag, though the concert films should be outstanding on Blu-ray.
In the final analysis, Green Zone is a top-notch film with an interesting political thriller edge, though the action and chase sequences get the most attention. The Blu-ray release is a nicely packaged treat with a generally impressive picture and an extremely pleasing sound mix.
This week looks like a dump of lesser titles, tv/cable series offerings and some B-grade genre grinds, but there is one must-own title, for indie-fans (or fans of what was once called Independent Cinema) and one truly spectacular little gem of a horror film. There’s also a real stinker from the 80’s that somehow still has legs as trash cinema cult fave.
So, Disney decided to remake a classic... and sure it's their own property (essentially), but did we really need a CGIcandy-colored update of Lewis Carroll's classic tale of a girl on a wild trip through the looking glass? And is it any better than the their own animated film from 1951?
This week's picks offers one absolutely must-have disc for your hi-def library, three if you're a really keen cineaste with a yen for the experimental and if you don't mind a little digital dusting (aka DNR) marring an otherwise classic epic. The rest of the bunch are a mixed batch of titles you're probably better off renting.
Slim prospects for good Blu-ray releases this week, with only a few standouts amongst the bunch. Criterion is here, of course, but there’s nothing that could be called a must-own title for HD… though your opinion may vary especially if you like fine acting (and schlock) in high-def.