This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: May 31, 2011


Barry Lyndon and Lolita
I can’t tell you how happy I was to learn Amazon was exclusively selling the Barry Lyndon and Lolita Blu-ray singles. Warner Home Video wasn’t sending out review copies of the two Blu-rays and I already own the rest of Stanley Kubrick’s available films on Blu-ray so it made no sense for me to order the “Essential Collection” which I’ll detail below. So, last night, I ordered these two from Amazon and the order ended up totaling just over $30. Worth it in my opinion even though Lolita is the only Kubrick film I have never seen… something I will be remedying very shortly.
Buy Barry Lyndon and Lolita
Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
If you don’t already own Stanley Kubrick’s films on Blu-ray then you should look long and hard at this collection or ask someone to buy it for you for Christmas or your birthday because it’s never too late to own the majority of films from what I believe to be one of the best directors of all-time and this set includes pretty much everything, including non Warner releases Dr. Strangelove and Spartacus. If you want Paths of Glory and The Killing you’ll have to opt for the Criterion editions, but don’t worry, I included them in the Buy Now button below if you’re interested in adding almost all of Kubrick’s entire oeuvre to your collection all at once.
Buy Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
A Clockwork Orange (40th Anniversary Edition)
Kevin just reviewed this, which you can read right here, and it sounds like he believes it is a solid buy, but at the same time perhaps not if you already own the 2007 Blu-ray, which is what I own and why I won’t be buying this new release even though I really want that second disc and the snazzy Blu-ray packaging.
Buy A Clockwork Orange (40th Anniversary Edition)
True Blood – The Complete Third Season
I haven’t watched this yet, but I will. It seems like forever since I watched “True Blood” and I have been missing it, and to have the complete season where I left off at my disposal is quite exciting. However, buying TV shows on Blu-ray and/or DVD can be a costly venture. Looking through my collection I have only a few TV shows I would actually say are worth keeping, so before you go spending your money, consider just how many times you think you’ll watch this show.
Buy True Blood - The Complete Third Season
American Graffiti (Special Edition)
A solid film and another Blu-ray I’ve yet to watch as I have been catching up on Criterion Blu-rays that started piling up after my Cannes Film Festival trip. I’ve only seen this film once and the previous DVD release wasn’t exactly of the highest quality so I am interested in checking this out and the included George Lucas picture-in-picture video commentary.
Buy American Graffiti (Special Edition)
Once Upon a Time in the West
I’m regretting not requesting for review, but sometimes you have to weigh out just how much time you have to dedicate to full on Blu-ray reviews and this is a long flick and not one you want to handle lightly. So, it may be added to my Christmas list as it is one hell of a film as I’m sure any Sergio Leone will quickly tell you.
Buy Once Upon a Time in the West
An excellent film, but one I would never recommend you buy. I’ve seen it once, at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and haven’t had a desire to see it since. It is too sad and when I’m at home watching movies the last thing I want to do is wallow in depression.
Buy Biutiful
Drive Angry
It made me sad to look at the top selling Blu-rays and DVDs at Amazon for this week’s releases and see this one was beating Lolita and A Clockwork Orange and the Stanley Kubrick Collection on a whole. Why waste your money on a junk film instead of investing in a collection of films you will be able to cherish forever? At least Barry Lyndon is beating it in sales, that’s something to be happy about.
Buy Drive Angry