The week’s obvious top choice for purchase is Christopher Nolan’s latest crowd-pleaser. I actually have the “Extraction Mode” from the Blu-ray release playing as I write this up, but haven’t yet had a chance to take a look at the second disc. However, I am particularly interested in the 44-minute long “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious” featurette on the second disc. This feature explores dream research and I would think in conjunction with the film would be rather intriguing.
I can tell you the image is exceptional and the DTS-HD soundtrack is equally up to task and should prove impressive on the right systems. If there’s a 2010 film made for Blu-ray it’s this one. I should have a full review soon.
Cronos (Criterion Collection)
This one I am almost done with my review already. I had never seen this first feature from Guillermo del Toro, and it delivers as promised. Cronos is for fans of del Toro’s work from The Devil’s Backbone to Pan’s Labyrinth. And if what I’m talking about intrigues you, don’t even wait for my review, buy it now.
Shrek Forever After
There are several buying options for this one (as you can see to the left), and this film is right behind Inception as the week’s top seller at Amazon. This is to be expected, of course, but I was shocked to see the Blu-ray box set selling higher than the individual Blu-ray on its own. Then I saw the box set containing all four Shrek films is priced at $39.99, not bad for four Blu-rays if Shrek is your thing. Hit the Buy Now button below if you’re interested.
Videodrome (Criterion Collection)
I watched this one over the weekend and it was only the second time I’d seen it. Personally I’m not a huge fan, but Cronenberg’s work certainly attracts its admirers and Criterion’s Blu-ray presentation is flawless and comes with some nice supplements. I took a peek at the special features really quick and when I write my full review, on top of the effects features, there’s an interesting conversation regarding the MPAA between Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mick Garris from a 1982 interview I hope to fit into the conversation.
I have this screener, but wasn’t able to get to it this weekend. Bill, however, already did a nice write-up on it that certainly makes for an excellent conversation piece after you watch it.
Fox 75th Anniversary Collection
This set will run you $357.49 and includes the following films from the past 75 years of 20th Century Fox features from 1961 – 2009: Cavalcade (1933), Steamboat Around the Bend (1935), The Little Princess (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Blood and Sand (1941), How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), The Song of Bernadette (1943), Laura (1944), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Twelve O’Clock High (1949), All About Eve (1950), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), The Robe (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The King and I (1956), Love Me Tender (1956), An Affair to Remember (1957), South Pacific (1958), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), The Hustler (1961), The Longest Day (1962), Cleopatra (1963), Zorba the Greek (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Planet of the Apes (1968), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Hello Dolly! (1969), MASH (1970), Patton (1970), The French Connection (1971), Poseidon Adventure (1972), Phantom of Paradise (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974, Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), The Omen (1976), Star Wars (1977), Alien (1979), All That Jazz (1979), Norma Rae (1979), Cocoon (1985, Raising Arizona (1987), Wall Street (1987), Big (1988), Die Hard (1988), Working Girl (1988), Home Alone (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Speed (1994), Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Crucible (1996), Independence Day (1996), The Full Monty (1998), There’s Something About Mary (1998), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), Cast Away (2000), X-Men (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Ice Age (2002), Minority Report (2002), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Sideways (2004), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), Walk the Line (2005), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), Juno (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Avatar (2009).