Blu-ray Breakdown: August 21, 2012

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This week is a little slower than the past few with only one major new release coming courtesy of Borat himself.  On the catalog front is where the magic is really at because there are some really interesting titles making their way onto Blu-ray including several Disney classics that have finally escaped the vault, a couple horror sequels starring a murder in a Shatner mask, a skinny Stephen King adaptation, a bearded Robin Williams double dip, and an eighties classic starring a pre-Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick and a computer named after a fast food sandwich.

Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: The Dictator-  is probably my favorite comedy so far in 2012.  Granted the competition has been pretty light but nevertheless I thought Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical shock comedy was enormously funny.  Audiences with delicate sensibilities should probably steer clear of this one completely.  With the ‘Banned & Unrated’ Edition you’ll get two cuts of the film; the theatrical 83 minute cut and the unrated cut clocking in at 103 minutes.  Extras include 15 deleted scenes, a Larry King interview, and a music video – “Your Money’s on the Dresser”.



Other New Releases:

Theatrical Review(s): The Dictator

Throw Your Money Away Instead of Buying… Pocahontas/Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.  I don’t have any particular ill will towards Disney’s Pocahontas, it’s harmless enough aside from it glossing over a lot of unpleasant history in favor of romanticizing how the colonization of North America began.  What does bother me is Disneys insistence on packaging some of their big name releases with their crummy Direct-to-VHS/DVD sequels.  Last summer Disney released The Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound II and if you’re over the age of 8 you’ll know how miserable the sequel is.  Forcing consumers to add a crappy film to their collection just to get access to the original film is irritating and its forced me to dig in my heals and not buy a film I might otherwise be interested in owning.  Disney should give their customers a choice and release the films together or separately.

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Nicholas Herum