This week we have a Spielburg classic, one of this year’s most polarizing films, several box office disappointments, an 80s teen action flick, and the most interesting 3D release of the year. Rounding out the rest of this weeks releases are a handful of double feature discs, some Hitchcock classics, a hungry and singing plant, and a mostly forgotten Disney classic with a Sherlock Holmes twist.
Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: Steven Spielburg’s 1982 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is my single favorite children’s film of all time. There are many other films from around the same time that I like more, but strictly speaking E.T. is my favorite movie aimed at children. Unlike the 2002 DVD edition that was released to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary this Blu-ray edition only features the original 1982 cut and not Spielburg’s “Regretful Decision Cut” with the bad looking CGI and the removal of the government agent’s guns that were replaced with walkie-talkies. Instead the original version has been given a proper high definition upgrade to 1080P with a DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack. Extras include a two newly created HD featurettes/documentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, and most of the special features produced for the 2002 DVD release. Highly Recommended!
Other New Releases:
Throw Your Money Away Instead of Buying… Rock of Ages. It’s a mess; not an “it’s so bad, it’s good” mess either. Whether it be the cardboard acting of Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin trying to outdo each other on whose acting is more cringe worthy, Catherine Zeta-Jones trying desperately to stay relevant, Paul Giamatti looking like a pedophile, or Tom Cruse’s acting being sabotaged by a drunk monkey Rock of Ages is a disaster. It doesn’t rock, it doesn’t roll, and it’s definitely not for people that don’t want to commit cinematic suicide.