This week’s new releases are completely different from each other. We have the action-thriller Jumper starring Darth Whiney and Sammy L. Then comes The Bucket List starring two of the finest actors the screen has ever known – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. And then comes The Other Boleyn Girl starring Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, and Scarlett Johansson.
This is just my personal opinion, but I think studios should get their act together and release the Blu-ray version at the same time they release the regular DVD version. I would have bought a Blu-ray version of Cloverfield, in fact I asked the kid at Best Buy where it was. But since I bought the regular version, thinking there wasn’t going to be a Blu-ray version, I’m not going to purchase the newly released Blu-ray version. There goes the extra $10 they would have made on the price of the Blu-ray disc.
Also out this week is the DVD version of The Andromeda Strain miniseries that aired last week, and that I failed to correctly schedule in my TiVo as a two-night event.
The action adventure flick National Treasure 2 comes out on DVD and Blu-ray this week. I highly recommend you pick it up. A rather timely release of 1986’s Short Circuit on Blu-ray comes out just a month before Wall-E, whose main character some believe looks like Johnny 5.
This week’s new releases include two very well placed releases, one thriller that I’m bummed I missed in theaters, and two movies that are probably not worth watching, let alone buying.
Indiana Jones – The Adventure Collection is perfectly timed to get fans ready for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, while The Chronicles of Narnia Blu-ray release is just in time for the release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
I’m quite looking forward to watching the Diane Lane thriller Untraceable, but I’m actually a little ashamed to have included Mad Money and The Great Debaters in this list.
This week there’s a very special Blu-ray release – the 1996 movie Twister. While I was living smack in the middle of tornado country at that time, I still loved this movie and was looking forward to the Blu-ray release.
Also available this week are the romantic comedy P.S. I Love You, the all-star biopic I’m Not There, and the super-weird Teeth.
I went out and bought Cloverfield on DVD on April 22nd like a good little DVD-buyer, despite the fact that it wasn’t released on Blu-ray yet.
Of course, now Bloody Disgusting has the news of a June 3rd release date for the Blu-ray edition. Was this a clever ploy to get those of us that still purchase DVDs to double buy, or were they just not ready to release the Blu-ray because they’ve added tons of extra features to it?
Now, I love Kate Beckinsale. And I love Hugh Jackman. But Van Helsing is a guilty pleasure movie. Not a buy a special collector’s edition movie. However, Bloody Disgusting has the details on the new release.
And while it does include a special feature titled “The Women of Van Helsing : Anna and Dracula’s Brides,” which is sure to include interviews with Ms. Beckinsale, I just don’t see why anyone needs more than the basic movie package for this one. Anyone disagree?