The Blu-ray Breakdown: July 24, 2012

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This week’s Blu-ray release schedule is a little lighter than the past few but it does hold the special distinction of seeing the release of one of the greatest TV shows of all time.  Also being released is a new series starring TV nice guy Kelsey Grammer as a nasty politician, another crappy ‘style over substance’ horror mess, a silly George W. Bush related HBO re-issue, a music video pioneer’s live concert, and some other assorted catalog titles.

Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: Star Trek The Next Generation Season 1-  The wait is finally over, I’ve been waiting three years for TNG to arrive on Blu-ray and it’s finally here.  All twenty-five season one episodes are presented in 1080p high definition with 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks after being meticulously restored from the original film elements.  The restoration process reportedly cost over $9 million and the proof is seen in every aspect of this release from the remarkable video quality, the soundtrack, and the newly produced special features.  A full review is in the works but in the meantime check out my review of the sampler disc that was released earlier this year for proof of how much care went into this project.  If you are a Star Trek fan this is a must own set that reinvigorates a wonderful series in ways you’d never think were possible.

Other New Releases:

Theatrical Review(s):  Silent House

Throw Your Money Away Instead of Buying… The Island of Dr. Moreau-  The film’s production was so rife with problems that Val Kilmer demanded his role be cut by 40% so he was then given a supporting role, Rob Morrow was brought in to replace him, then the original directed was fired after three days of filming, the script was re-written, Morrow then quit and David Thewlis was hired to replace him.  Val Kilmer fought with Marlon Brando and the film’s new director John Frankenheimer so ferociously that Frankenheimer was quoted as saying, “There are two things I will never ever do in my whole life. The first is that I will never climb Mt. Everest.  The second is that I will never work with Val Kilmer ever again” and upon the completion of filming Kilmer’s scenes he said, “Now get that bastard off my set.”  The Island of Dr. Moreau is nearly un-watchable which makes you wonder why we’re seeing a release of it on Blu-ray now.  One of the film’s only saving graces is that the makeup is at least interesting.


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Nicholas Herum