Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.
Star Wars on Blu-Ray – STAR WARS IN HIGH DEFINITION!!!!! There may as well be nothing else coming out this week. And, as usual, there are three different flavors of this set you can buy. The above is the complete saga with tons of bonus stuff. But you can also buy the original trilogy and the prequels (why?) separately. However there are a bunch of bonus features on the saga collection you won’t get on the individual releases. Amazon has the saga for $79.99, which, for 6 movies and a ton of bonus stuff, isn’t really that bad. Plus, you know, IT’S STAR WARS. Not really loving the cover art, though.
Thor – Thor on Blu-Ray; Prepare to get HAMMERED! That should be the slogan of this movie. This was actually better than I was expecting it to be. I totally thought this movie would be the weak link in the Avengers chain and while it’s not as good as Iron Man or Capt America, it’s thoroughly entertaining on its own.
Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Edition – I have the huge 2 disc DVD release of this from several years ago. All the critical praise and “greatest movie ever” trappings aside, this movie is really good. And the story around it is even better. The awesome documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane is included in this release and it’s awesome. It tells the real life battle of wills between William Randolph Hearst and Orson Welles. Amazing story. Plus, also included in this Blu-Ray release, you get the 1999 movie RKO 281 starring Liev Shreiber, John Malkovich and James Cromwell. It’s a pretty good movie that tells the story of Orson Welles making Citizen Kane (RKO 281 was the name given to Citizen Kane during production). This is a truly solid release and I can’t wait to see it all in High Def.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Wow, this is such a good movie. Action and suspense. It stars Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris in one of his final roles and a very young Henry Cavill who will be the new Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel next year. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.
The Frighteners 15th Anniversary Edition – Imagine if Walter Peck had been right about the Ghostbusters and they were conning people into seeing ghosts. That’s the basis of this movie. And it’s great. Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Michael J Fox, this is a surprisingly dark ride. But fun. I really enjoy this movie.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Wow. The original 1992 movie that started the entire Whedon Buffy-verse franchise has finally hit high def. This movie was written by Joss Whedon, but the studio re-wrote a lot of the plot which forced Whedon to completely disown the movie. The Buffy TV series was written as a sequel to Whedon’s original script, not this movie. I’ve actually reviewed this movie and the book novelization on my blog. SPOILER ALERT: It’s terrible. I saw it in the theater and have watched it a few times since. Nothing’s changed. It’s awful. Starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer and Paul Reubens with small appearances by Hilary Swank and David Arquette. Oh, and during the basketball game at the end, if you look closely, one of the ball players is Ben Affleck.
True Legend – This movie looks bad ass. Directed by legendary martial arts coreographer/director Woo-ping Yuen who has been involved in scores of martial arts films like Drunken Master, Tai Chi Master, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey, Game of Death, The Matrix and Kill Bill. Yuen is also slated to direct The Hands of Shang-Chi movie in a few years which is based on a Marvel Universe character. So yes, Marvel will be releasing a super hero martial arts movie and I’m so excited. Hopefully they can get Iron Fist in there as well, maybe even Ray Park as he’s been trying to portray Iron Fist for like 10 years.
The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection – How great is that DVD cover art? This is supposedly some lost horror movie from the 80s. However true that is, it’s looks terrible yet fantastic at the same time. But I still can’t get over how great this cover art is.