New to Blu: Movies > December 4-10

The third in the “Cornetto Trilogy”, The World’s End, which can be bought separately or in a box set with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, looks tip-top on Blu-ray.

“If you love the look of clean and clear celluloid films, then get ready for greatness. The video quality is so close to perfection that you can barely be upset by it’s minor nit-picky flaw.”

“Universal’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track doesn’t play by standard comedy rules.

Big, bold and bombastic, the film takes any and every advantage of the entire soundfield, firing off directional shots and launching sonic attacks as if the end of the world really was imminent.”

“The presentation is excellent and you couldn’t ask for more, or better quality bonus content.”

“We get three excellent commentaries; the first includes Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg who, as past commentaries have illustrated, always provide a funny and informative listen.

“The second is a technical commentary with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope, and the third is a most hilarious one with Pegg and co-stars Nick Frost and Paddy Considine.”

The extras on the belated Blu-ray release of Boy are the same as the special edition DVD’s while The Look of Love  “offers an excellent presentation of the film and an interesting, if not entirely satisfactory, collection of extras”.

“Like many other animated films on Blu-ray, The Croods looks incredible.

“The animation is so good, in fact, and the Blu-ray so strong, that there are a few shots in the movie that nearly pass for photorealistic.”

“The 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack supports the ruckus with immersive effects and a deep, weighty score. The sound design is wonderful here.”

The week’s other ‘toons include the anime titles Blue Exorcist 03Fairy Tail – Collection 6, Guilty Crown – Collection OneLast Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing – Collection 1 and Porco Rosso.

Going direct to disc are: John Dies at the End (“gets a solid 1.78:1/1080p HD transfer that’s sure to satisfy fans”); The English Teacher (“has a kind of uninspiring visual style that never really is able to amount to much on Blu-ray”); Forbidden Ground (the DVD was “nothing less than a flawless transfer” so expect even better on Blu-ray); The Last PassengerThe Human Race; and Ass Backwards.

Being dusted off for Blu-ray are The Buddy Holly Story, Hellraiser IV: Bloodline and Deep Red  (“can’t be claimed as the greatest transfer”).

Lastly, Army of Darkness – The Definitive Collection comes with the theatrical cut, director’s cut and bootleg director’s cut.

If that sounds like overkill, next month the director’s cut will be released separately on Blu-ray.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: Movies > December 4-10”

  1. Another Army of Darkness? How does this new one differ from the Screwhead edition?

  2. According to the distributor, The Director’s Cut is 15 minutes longer – 1hr 35 v 1hr 20. Director’s Cut also has some deleted scenes as well whereas Screwhead edition has an alternate ending and Creating the Deadites special feature.

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