Blu-ray Releases: August 9, 2011

I’m still recovering from the better than average list of releases from last week.  Like taking a much needed breather from some of the better gaming months we’ve had this year, I’m OK with this week’s list of mostly un-notables.  Although many of these titles will result in rentals, there are still a few (albeit limited) that caught my attention.

Here are some of the releases for Tuesday, August 9, 2011:

  • Paul (2011)
  • Super (2010)
  • The Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound 2 (1981-2006)
  • Your Highness (2011)
  • Dead Man (1995)
  • Mars Needs Moms 3D (2011)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Jumping the Broom (2011)
  • The Battle of Algiers (1966)
  • Tactical Force (2011)
  • Bikini Girls on Ice (2009)
  • The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)
  • The Lookout (2007)
  • Twin Dragons (1992)
  • Venom (2005)

Following up on my assertion last week that pretty much anything Danny McBride does is golden we have Your Highness – a short-lived theatrical release that appeared to mix fantasy with some potentially raunchy comedy.  I’m sure there’s a reason why this movie received less than stellar reception at the box office but I’m still willing to sacrifice a few hours of my life to find out why.

Looking at the rest of list I get the feeling many of these titles would have been better released during the week of April 20th.  Starting with Your Highness and coughing/hacking your way over to Dazed and Confused, none of these would have been possible had it not been for the instant classic –  Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  Head on over to iMDb sometime and check out the impressive list of actors associated with this movie.  For me it starts and ends with Phoebe Cates and the song that made the Cars what they would eventually become:

Life’s the same I’m moving in stereo
Life’s the same except for my shoes
Life’s the same you’re shakin’ like tremolo
Life’s the same it’s all inside you. . . .

Can’t get that scene out of your head, can you?

You’re welcome.

Written by Bill Braun

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  • The Criterion version of Dazed and Confused – one of my personal favorite top 10 movies of all time – hits this Fall. I think in October. I’m waiting for that one. As far as this week’s releases Paul has me the most curious.

  • One bluray release for this week that I’m really tempted to grab is Johnnie To’s 2004 judo drama “Throwdown” which comes out to bluray this week in Hong Kong.  I’ve bought the DVD and even had it autographed by the star of the film, Aaron Kwok.  But for $95 Hong Kong dollars (that’s about $15-20 bucks), it’s practically a steal!

    It’s actually not a bad tribute to Akira Kurosawa.

  • One bluray release for this week that I’m really tempted to grab is Johnnie To’s 2004 judo drama “Throwdown” which comes out to bluray this week in Hong Kong.  I’ve bought the DVD and even had it autographed by the star of the film, Aaron Kwok.  But for $95 Hong Kong dollars (that’s about $15-20 bucks), it’s practically a steal!

    It’s actually not a bad tribute to Akira Kurosawa.

  • Good stuff, Bill. Wish you had a short BluRay segment on the podcast.

    The Big Lebowski next week. Can’t wait!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks man