Blu-ray Releases: December 6, 2011

Before I make my choice for pick of the week, look at what I had to choose from:

• Alien Armageddon (Phase 4 Films)
• Arabia – 3D (Image)
• Colin Quinn: Long Story Short (Music Distribution)
• Cowboys and Aliens (Universal)
• The Debt (Universal)
• Design for Living (Criterion)
• Devil May Cry: The Compete Series (FUNimation)
• Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Editions (Music Box Films)
• The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (RaroVideo US)
• The Hangover: Part II (Warner Brothers)
• The Help (Disney/Buena Vista)
• I Am Legend / The Omega Man (Warner Brothers)
• Is It Just Me? (TLA Releasing)
• Kung Fu Panda – 3D (DreamWorks)
• The Lady Vanishes (Criterion)
• Life, Above All (Sony)
• Medea (entertainmentone)
• Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy (Image)
• Mission Impossible: Extreme Trilogy Blu-ray Collection (Paramount)
• The Moon in the Gutter (Cinema Libre)
• Mr. Popper’s Penguins (20th Century Fox)
• Paul McCartney: The Love We Make (Eagle Rock)
• Point Blank (Magnolia)
• Portlandia: Season One (Service Corp.)
• Rapt (Kino)
• The Scarlet Worm (Unearthed Films)
• Scary Movie Triple Feature (Lionsgate)
• The Simpsons: The Complete Fourteenth Season (20th Century Fox)
• St. Louis Cardinals Official 2011 World Series Film (A&E)
• Tora! Tora! Tora! (20th Century Fox)
• Triple Tap (Well Go USA)

My all-time favorite director is Alred Hitchcock and with Criterion releasing The Lady Vanishes you’d think it would be an easy choice. For starters, I haven’t seen this Blu-ray release and I’m therefore unsure how well the source material has held up and how well the transfer was completed. It’s certainly a fantastic film but that doesn’t guarantee a worthy Blu-ray purchase. I’m sure we’ve all picked up at least one Blu-ray that looked only marginally better than the DVD counterpart (cough, Sleepy Hollow, cough), so as a consumer it’s important to sometimes do a little homework before “upgrading”.

Absolutely love the new trend of 20th Century Fox releasing the Simpsons seasons on Blu-ray, but to be honest, I stopped being a rabid fanboy around season 10 or so. Love the Simpsons, but I’m content having seen a few hundred hilarious episodes. Of course it’s a treat when I catch some of the newer ones as they’re still very well written however it doesn’t hold the same magic for me as it once did. At least not enough to run out and buy every season that releases in retail. I’ll be all over it however when I catch a good sale on it in a couple months.

Really want to see Cowboys and Aliens, but until I do I can’t necessarily pick that one either.

My pick of the week is a personal recommendation from Glenn which I’m sure you’ll hear him talk about it on the podcast this week (Ep245)- The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Editions (Music Box Films).

You’ll also be hearing more about this series later this month when the US adaptation releases in theaters. Being handled by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club), I have high expectations for the first film in the series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Oh, and the star of PS3’s James Bond: Goldeneye also stars in Fincher’s film. That ought to be reason enough. Check out the trailer below:

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