Blu-ray Releases: June 28, 2011

Impressive . . .  Nostalgic . . .  Epic . . .  Diverse.  These are just a few words that describe this week’s Blu-ray release schedule.  It’s been a long time since we’ve had such a list – and I didn’t include every title available.  Sure, there may be some re-releases scattered in amongst the other titles but I think a week like this is a clear indication that the Blu-ray format isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  I’m a believer that the future will see a greater dependency on the digital download medium but, for now, Blu-ray is King!

Here are some of the releases for Tuesday, June 28, 2011:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Extended Edition (2001-2003)
  • Sucker Punch (2011)
  • Season of the Witch (2011)
  • Beastly (2011)
  • The Warrior’s Way (2010)
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
  • Van Helsing (2004)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • In Bruges (2008)
  • The Nesting (1981)
  • Zombie Holocaust (1980)
  • Bad Company: Live at Wembley (2010)
  • The Last Starfighter (1984)
  • Unleashed (2005)
  • Lord of the Dance (2011)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Deep Purple: Phoenix Rising (2011)
  • Uncle Buck (1989)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Darkman (1990)
  • Alpha Dog (2006)
  • Wake Wood (2011)
  • Burial Ground (1981)
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)
  • Out of Africa (1985)

I honestly don’t think I could choose just one title to recommend this week.  There are so many that are worthy.  I think there are a lot of people that have been patiently waiting for the extended version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to be released.  The extent of the extra features alone would keep even the most enthusiastic of Blu-ray fans busy for weeks.  That package, although tempting, is also very intimidating – what a beast!

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels turned me on to Guy Ritchie’s form of story telling.  I’ve had a DVD copy of this movie (and most of his others) in my library for several years.  An upgrade to Blu-ray might not be a bad idea here but I’ve been restraining myself from replacing my vast DVD library with Blu-ray.  I did that once already when VHS went by the wayside and promised myself I wouldn’t do that again.  Then again, promises are meant to be broken in some situations.

Sucker Punch was incredibly beautiful to look at, but lacked a story in every sense of the word.  Still, it would almost be a shame not to have that movie on-hand to use as source material when showing off ones high-definition system.  Tempting, very tempting indeed.

I was right.  I just can’t pick one title this week.  I would be doing a disservice to you all by limiting my selection to just one.  This week you’re on your own.  It’s time to make a decision people.  I wish you all the best of luck.

Written by Bill Braun

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