9/21/2012

It's been a while since we let you know about the new releases, and I thought this was a good week to bring it back. There are four new Blu-Ray releases that are out that I thought were worth a mention, two of which doubly so. So let's get right to it.

Well, hang on a sec...am I the only one who still hasn't gotten used to saying "released on Blu-Ray?" It seems like only yesterday that we were saying "released on DVD" like it was a big deal. Technology...slow down, I can't keep up. Okay, moving on.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray] - The ultimate contemporary adventure hero and explorer Indiana Jones hits Blu-Ray running with The Complete Adventures. That's right, you can get the entire Indiana Jones series in one pop. It does include Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but you shouldn't hold that against it. As if the movies alone weren't enough, we get some bonus features including five-minute introductions to each film by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, new storyboards, and new documentaries.

The Game (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - If you haven't seen or heard of this movie, you should definitely buy or rent it today. Michael Douglas plays a frustrated and bored businessman whose brother signs him up for "the Game." What is the Game? That's what he wonders when the businessman's whole life turns upside-down as the Game's crew (employees? tormentors? pranksters?) begin staging bizarre events that bring him to the brink of ruin. And he can't make them stop. Truly one of the most mind-bending movies in the last twenty years.

Judge Dredd - With the new movie Dredd 3D out in theaters, it may be a good time to take a look back at the original Judge Dredd. Based on a British comic series and played with a wooden growl by Sylvester Stallone, Dredd portrays a future city so corrupt that it's turned its police officers into judges, juries, and executioners. When Judge Dredd gets framed by his criminal brother, he's forced on a journey to restore his name. I'll be the first to say it wasn't a great movie, but it did get a lot of things right in retrospect compared to the original comic. And it put the phrase "I am the law" into the geek lexicon.

Marvel Animated Features 8-Film Complete Collection [Blu-ray] - To me, this is the pick of the litter. All eight of Marvel's awesome animated movies (Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Invincible Iron Man, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, both Hulk Vs [Hulk vs. Wolverine and Hulk vs. Thor], Planet Hulk, and Thor: Tales of Asgard) in one collection, and all eight cost about what you'd pay for two of them. I can't really summarize all eight of them in one go, but I can tell you that all these movies were very well-written and vetted by Marvel to stay true to their comic origins. They're unrated, so the movies don't pull punches to make them kid-friendly. I think that Ultimate Avengers, based on the comic series that inspired The Avengers movie, is pretty awesome, and the Hulk Vs. movies were truly the Hulk at his Hulkiest.

Do you plan on getting any of these movies? Any other new releases we should know about? Let us know in the comments.

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4 comments:

Natasha Dythia said...

Indiana Jones - But I will be waiting for a sale.... I am hoping Amazon might have a sale on Black Friday

Pat Dilloway said...

Some of those you can watch on Netflix, so why pay for them?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just got back from seeing Dredd - puts that old one to shame! Do not take the kids - ultra violent and bloody. But very true to the comic book.
Might pick up the Indiana Jones set for the first and third movies.

Sci-Fi Gene said...

They won't leave me alone! I'm a goddamn human piƱata!

The Game is easily the best movie on this list. Anything new in this re-release other than it being in HD?

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