Blu-ray Releases: November 22, 2011

There are some great Blu-rays coming out this week, but I had no difficulty in choosing my pick of the week. I don’t get to the theater all too often but when I do it’s usually for something special. My “something special” from 2011 comes out this week.

Might have been a tough choice otherwise as there’s quite a few good Blu-rays hitting store shelves. First off, a super group of then popular comedians join forces in the 80’s classic Three Amigos. Not the best script but the funny premise and combination of these three guys make for a few laugh out loud moments.

Then there’s my favorite Wes Anderson film which was released in 1998, Rushmore. Josh mentions how whenever he flips television channels and lands on That Thing You Do he always ends up watching it even though he’s seen it a bazillion times. That’s how I am with Rushmore. No matter how many times I see it, I still enjoy the witty humor and the youthful plight of a teenager to win the love of an older, unattainable woman.

On with the list:

• The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas 1978 (Eagle Rock)
• 12 Angry Men (Criterion)
• Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World (Disney/Buena Vista)
• Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (Disney/Buena Vista)
• The Birth of a Nation (Kino)
• Carjacked (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• Conan the Barbarian (2011) (Lionsgate)
• Conan the Barbarian – 3D (Lionsgate)
• The Devil’s Double (Lionsgate)
• Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series (BBC)
• Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who: Deluxe Collection (Warner Brothers)
• Fairy Tail: Part 1 (FUNimation)
• Godzilla vs. Megalon (Media Blasters)
• Helldriver (Well Go USA)
• K-ON! Vol. 4 (Bandai)
• A Madea Christmas: The Play (Lionsgate)
• The Prophecy: Forsaken / The Prophecy: Uprising (Echo Bridge)
• Rushmore (Criterion)
• Sarah’s Key (Weinstein)
• Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World – 3D (Anchor Bay/Weinstein)
• Star Driver: Part 1 (Bandai)
• Super 8 (Paramount)
• These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America (PBS)
• Three Amigos! (HBO)
• Way Down East (Kino)

My pick of the week? Super 8. Say what you will about a story that borrows ideas from many other films, but the cast of children brings an amazing life and believability to the picture. They’re superb! I loved this film so much it might be my favorite of the entire year.

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