The Blu-ray Breakdown: August 14, 2012

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Last week was a decent week for Blu-ray releases just because of the release of several great John Cusack films in addition to a couple other fun 80s films but this week is even better.  Not only is the first blockbuster of 2012 being released but the first summer blockbuster ever made is hunting his way onto Blu-ray as well.  Almost as exciting is the release of one of Wes Anderson’s best films courtesy of Criterion, a Stallone box set just in time for The Expendables 2, more Warner Bros. catalog titles, and some very B-movie worthy Death Wish sequels starring Mr. Charles Bronson.

Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: Jaws-  I know The Hunger Games is going to be the best selling Blu-ray this week but that doesn’t mean it’s the best Blu-ray coming out this week.  Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws should take take a decent bite out of sales this week as well.  Jaws is still one of the most effective thrillers ever put to film and has been one of the most sought after titles since Blu-ray launched six years ago.  Amblin Entertainment and Steven Spielberg oversaw the video transfer and the 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack has been created from the original elements but the original mono track is also available for purists.  Those familiar with Spielberg won’t be shocked by the lack of a commentary track (he doesn’t do them) but that doesn’t mean there are some worth while special features included on this release.  The 1 hour, 41 minute The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws documentary is carried over from the 2007 DVD release, there is also a short restoration featurette, deleted scenes, a two hour vintage Making of Jaws documentary, trailers, and other assorted featurettes are included.  With this release plus the upcoming release of the Indiana Jones Collection in September and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in October this is a great time for Spielberg fans.

Other New Releases:

Theatrical Review(s): The Hunger Games

Throw Your Money Away Instead of Buying… Since most of the releases this week are pretty strong I’m switching things around this week and I’m throwing in an extra Pick of the Week which goes to Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums which is a film I absolutely adore.  The disc features a new 2K resolution scan of the film was used to create the video transfer that was supervised by Wes Anderson, a 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack, and extras include the 2002 commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, a behind the scenes featurette, trailers and more.  Criterion always releases top notch Blu-rays and honestly this is a must have for any Anderson fan.

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Nicholas Herum