Blu-ray Breakdown: May 7, 2013

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All of this week’s new Blu-ray releases are semi successful films.  None were monster hits but they all did respectably well including Tom Cruise’s ‘Super Detective’ film, a horror film where the villain bears a creepy resemblance to “Corky” Thatcher, and another Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation that’s is sure to drive men to drink.  Catalog titles include one of the greatest prison escape films ever made, one of Richard Gere’s best, an adorable pig’s trip to the city, and one of Robin Williams last good films.  Overall it’s not a great week but we’ve certainly survived worse.

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Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: The Great Escape is one of the greatest films ever made.  Not only does it feature an all star cast but is a rousing war time adventure.  Despite being a beloved classic Fox & MGM have not fully restored The Great Escape so you should have reasonable expectations going in regarding the video quality which unfortunately does not live up to the film itself.  The transfer not withstanding the audio track is serviceable and most of the special features from the 2004 DVD special edition have been ported over.  It’s not a grand slam, but the movie alone is worth adding to your collection even if the studio botched this release by not remastering the film from scratch.

Pick of the Week Runner-Up: An Officer and a Gentleman

This week’s releases:

Theatrical Review(s): Mama

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Nicholas Herum