Blu-ray Alert: March 31-April 6

The first week of April offers scant Blu-ray pleasures, although most of the genres are covered: drama, comedy, horror, music and action.

The high school horror with attitude, Jennifer’s Body, which goes on sale Wednesday, earned high marks from High-Def Digest for not only the movie but also the HD video, audio and exclusive extras.

In addition to two commentaries, there are deleted scenes (14 minutes), a gag reel, two making-of shorts, and a 56-second “leery compilation” of star Megan Fox looking “hot”.

Other reviewers weren’t as hot on the movie but concurred about the video and audio.

Also out Wednesday is another high school hoot, Glee. Although TV3 broadcast the series in HD, 20th Century Fox is releasing it only on DVD. The good news (of sorts) is Fox is doing this worldwide, and not offering Glee on Blu-ray in only, say, North America, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is doing with Weeds, Breaking Bad and Nurse Jackie.

Also new on Blu-ray this week are the first movie Ricky Gervais has directed, The Invention of Lying, which has largely lacklustre extras (and all in SD), the best picture Oscar nominee, An Education (which was in the running for actress and adapted screenplay trophies), and the video game-driven, Halo Legends.

Of more niche appeal, but indicative of Blu-ray’s growing reach, are Brahms – Piano Concerto No 2, Rossini: Il Turco in Italia, Verdi: Falstaff, Franz Lehar: The Merry Widow, and WWE Royal Rumble 2010.

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