The Blu-ray Breakdown: July 10, 2012

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Last week’s Blu-ray releases were on the paltry side with the holiday but this week’s schedule is packed mostly thanks to Warner Brothers releasing a large amount of catalog titles.

Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week:  This week I have two because I couldn’t make up my mind on just one.  First up we have Blade II, the popular sequel to 1998′s Blade starring Wesley “Tax Evasion” Snipes.  Warner Brother’s never said why Blade II is getting its Blu-ray release almost a month after the first and third films but nevertheless I’m excited to add it to my collection.  Up next is a largely forgotten film of the early 1980′s… Outland starring James Bond himself Sean Connery.  Essentially the film is a space western with Connery is the Sheriff and Peter Boyle is the corrupt mayor of a mining town.  The original DVD was released in the infancy of the format as a flipper disc (non-anamorphic widescreen on one side, pan & scan on the other), the transfer was terrible and even though the disc has be re-released the same abysmal transfer was carried over.  Finally after nearly 15 years Outland is getting a proper release with a new video transfer and even gets a newly produced audio commentary from Director Peter Hyams.

Other New Releases:

Theatrical Review(s):  American Reunion

Throw Your Money Away Instead of Buying…  The Astronaut’s Wife.  It’s mind boggling to me that there are numerous sought after classics that fans are still eagerly awaiting to get a Blu-ray release for but instead we get The Astronaut’s Wife starring Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron.  “Boring mess” is what comes to mind 13 years after its release with the high point of the film being Joe Morton (the black guy from Terminator 2 who creates Skynet) who seems to show up in more than his fare share of crappy sci-fi films.  Charlize Theron is easy on the eyes but it’s just another odd Johnny Depp movie that doesn’t even come close to working.


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Nicholas Herum