This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: February 16, 2010

Clint Eastwood – 35 Films, 35 Years
This massive collection contains 35 of Eastwood’s films, all of which are listed directly below. The set is priced at $129.99 at Amazon right now.

Where Eagles Dare, Kelly’s Heroes, Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can, Honkytonk Man, Firefox, Sudden Impact, City Heat, Tightrope, Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge, Bird, The Dead Pool, Pink Cadillac, White Hunter, Black Heart, The Rookie, Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, Absolute Power, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, True Crime, Space Cowboys, Blood Work, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima and Gran Torino.

The special features are listed as:

  • The Eastwood Factor – an intimate short film from Richard Schickel offering a rare personal look at Eastwood
  • 24-page sampler booklet. An extract from Clint: A Retrospective by Richard Schickel published by Sterling Publishing Co Inc.
  • Rare and one-of-a-kind correspondence and photos
  • Hours of special features including commentaries and featurettes
  • Collectible DVD album packaging

Also releasing today are DVD and Blu-ray collections of Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films. Back in 2008 I reviewed the Blu-ray editions when they were first released as the Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which you can read here. It appears the only difference between the new set and the old sets is the lack of collectible goodies.

I have included all three collections in the “Buy Now” button below so give it a click and see if any of them interest you.

Buy Clint Eastwood - 35 Films, 35 Years
Criterion had to shelve their Blu-ray release of Kurosawa’s classic as the rights were now in the hands of Studio Canal, which teamed with Lionsgate to release Ran on Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. I did not (yet?) receive my review copy, but over at DVD Beaver they write, “So, this being my 9th edition of Kurosawa’s film, I must admit that this new Lions Gate [sic] Blu-ray is the best one I own. It is hard to accept, especially for films we reveres so highly, that this may be the best it will look with available elements.” Is that a glowing review? Does it entice those that already own Criterion’s DVD edition to run out and buy it?
Buy Ran
Revanche (Criterion Collection)
Of the three Criterion releases this week, this is my choice for the best of the bunch even though the meticulous Gotz Spielmann could have tightened this film up a smidge, which would have upped the intensity all while not losing an ounce of the intimacy. Still, a good film and I would say, for the most part, a worthwhile addition to your collection. You can read my full review here.
Buy Revanche (Criterion Collection)
Hunger (Criterion Collection)
You can read my Blu-ray review right here, but I am yet to be overwhelmed by this film and I think Criterion missed an opportunity to include some special features that would have made it a far more worthy purchase. As it stands, give it a rent and see what you think. I can’t imagine this is a film many will find themselves returning to over and over again.
Buy Hunger (Criterion Collection)
Lola Montes (Criterion Collection)
This is a film I can see my opinion improving on the more I see of Max Ophuls’s filmography. I liked this film plenty, but don’t think I was able to fully appreciate it based on everything I learned of the director in the included features and audio commentary, all of which are great. For Ophuls fans I think this is a must buy, but for the newly initiated (like myself) perhaps take it a bit more slowly and check out some of his other films to get acquainted with his style before diving in. You can read my full review here.
Buy Lola Montes (Criterion Collection)
Law Abiding Citizen
Unlike what appears to be most of the world, I actually had fun with this film, which is certainly absurd and admittedly has a terrible ending, but up to that point it’s a lot of reckless fun. That said, I would probably never buy it, at least not at full price. Find it in the bargain bin and pick it up. Otherwise give it a rent, shut down your logic alert and have some fun.
Buy Law Abiding Citizen
Black Dynamite
I know some people like this movie and others love it. Personally I have no interest in seeing it and most likely never will. These films that are “trying to be” something lose something in the translation, just look at The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra for my personal example, which is the reason I never checked out Alien Trespass. Black Dynamite may be an exception to the rule, but I’ll probably never find out.
Buy Black Dynamite
Coco Before Chanel
I decent little biopic that suffers from some editing problems, but is rather sweet overall.
Buy Coco Before Chanel



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