4 items from 2010
The Criterion Collection rebooted two of their early releases these past two weeks, re-releasing Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout on DVD and Blu-ray...and bringing us another amazing restoration of Fritz Lang's M on Blu-ray. One of these films, I had never seen before. The other film, I have seen...but I have never seen it look or sound so good. »
- Brian C. Gibson
For the most part, this week's DVD releases consist of a handful of forgotten releases from the beginning of the year including Daybreakers, Edge of Darkness and Legion... it's open to debate whether or not they were overlooked or just plain bad. There's also a dose of late '90s nostalgia in the form of Daria: The Complete Animated Series, and some '80s memories as well with both The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II out on Blu-ray. Other Blu-ray releases include the Criterion Collection for Fritz Lang's M, and a trio of Mel Brooks flicks. Do you see anything worth buying or renting this week? Daybreakers  (+ Blu-ray ) Edge of Darkness  (+ Blu-ray ) Legion  (+ Blu-ray ) North Face  Malice in Wonderland  Tidal Wave  (+ Blu-ray ) Legend of the Tsunami Warrior  (+ Blu-ray ) Art & Copy  P-Star Rising  Daria: The Complete Animated Series  The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Complete Fifth »
Just as the Internet gets excited for a 3D Blu-ray release of Avatar this November, Fox Home Entertainment comes along to shut down that excitement... for now.
Yesterday director James Cameron told The Wall Street Journal to expect a bare bones DVD and Blu-ray release of Avatar on Thursday, April 22, which coincidentally enough also happens to be Earth Day. He then added, "And then we'll do a value-added DVD and a 3D Blu-ray in, I think, November sometime."
Such a move looks to take advantage of upcoming home theater 3D technology with companies like Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba announcing 3D Blu-ray players at this year's CES and Sony's PlayStation 3 rumored to be releasing a firmware upgrade later this year enabling 3D Blu-ray playback. But don't get too excited, an update to the WSJ article reads, "A spokesman for Fox Home Entertainment said on Thursday night that the '3D »
- Brad Brevet
The Criterion Collection is bringing out the big guns in May 2010. No, Hausu has not been announced yet, but another big Japanese release is forthcoming. Specifically, Criterion is releasing a 5 DVD box set of Nagisa Oshima films from the 1960s. Oshima's earlier works are very difficult to find in legitimate form so this announcement is very exciting.
The good news doesn't stop with Oshima. The second volume in the Stan Brakhage anthology will finally see the light of day, and both volumes will be collected on a 3 disc Blu-Ray set. Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout makes an appearance for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Fritz Lang's M will receive the Blu-Ray treatment. Finally, John Ford fans (there are a few) can look forward to Stagecoach on DVD and Blu-Ray. As usual, full details on the new titles have been added to the 2010 release calendar at the bottom of this post. »
4 items from 2010
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