Whit Stillman on Criterion and ‘Star Trek: Next Generation’ Blu-ray Lead New DVD and Blu-ray Releases


This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: July 24, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One [Blu-ray]
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season One [Blu-ray]
As far as “Star Trek” is concerned, I’m a big fan of the original series and the films spawned from those characters. I was never a fan of “The Next Generation”. However, Paramount did send me a Blu-ray copy of this first season of “The Next Generation” and I am hoping to give a few episodes a watch this weekend and perhaps have a change of heart. Just as they did with the original series, this series has been remastered and contains updated effects. I loved what they did with the original series and I hope I can get just as excited about this one.

Buy Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season One [Blu-ray]


The Last Days of Disco & Metropolitan
Criterion Collection Blu-rays
Criterion is delivering a double dose of Whit Stillman this week with what I believe to be his two best films. Metropolitan is probably the least accessible for general audiences while the Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny starrer The Last Days of Disco is more of a straight forward watch, but I think both will excite major film fans. The dialogue in both features is snappy and a joy to listen to, but I will say that while watching the Blu-ray for Metropolitan, the visuals didn’t do a whole lot for me. There was a lot of visible grain and it tended to wash the image out more than crystallize it. If you’d like to see what I’m talking about, just check out the first screen capture over at DVD Beaver, it pretty much says it all. While the colors definitely pop a bit more, that grain is a bit overbearing.

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The Deep Blue Sea
The Deep Blue Sea
I skipped watching this to watch Butter at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and have still yet to see it though people that did check it out were very impressed. One of these days I hope to give it a watch as I’ve never seen a film from Terence Davies, something I’m sure I should probably remedy.

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Footnote on DVD Blu-ray today
This was Israel’s Foreign Language entry at last year’s Oscars where it found itself earning a nomination. I’ve heard good things, but have yet to see it.

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Silent House
Silent House on DVD Blu-ray today
The fact this Blu-ray release doesn’t come with a making of featurette is a bit disappointing considering the film itself isn’t worth buying, but I would be interested in seeing some kind of behind the scenes feature given the “all in one shot” aspect of the filmmaking. There is an audio commentary with directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, but I doubt I’ll be diving into that right away. If you’d like to check out my theatrical review of the film you can do that here.

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