Blu-ray Releases: January 17, 2012

Criterion is known for the meticulous care they take in providing the highest possible quality audio and video which of course is a perfect marriage with the Blu-ray technology in my opinion. As an avid collector of all things Criterion during the DVD era (wow, that sounds weird), I’ve been anxiously awaiting some of their releases on Blu-ray.

That being said, I’m extremely pleased with the list of new Blu-ray releases for the week of January 17, 2012.

• Abduction (Lionsgate)
• America in Primetime (PBS)
• Bad Girls (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• Belle de Jour (Criterion)
• Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star (Sony)
• Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Edition (Warner Brothers)
• Courageous (Sony)
• Dead Poets Society (Disney/Buena Vista)
• Dirty Girl (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• Division III: Football’s Finest (Image)
• Dutch (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• First Squad: The Moment of Truth (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• The First Beautiful Thing (Palisades Tartan)
• Gantz II: Perfect Answer (Warner Brothers)
• George Gently: Series 1 (Acorn Media)
• Good Morning Vietnam (Disney/Buena Vista)
• The Ides of March (Sony)
• The Josephine Baker Story (HBO)
• Journey to the Center of the Earth – 3D (New Line Cinema)
• License to Drive (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• Picnic (Twilight Time)
• Project X (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• Redline (Starz/Anchor Bay)
• The Roots of Heaven (Twilight Time)
• The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (Universal)
• Star Driver: Part 2 (Bandai)
• Sunrise Earth: Alaska (Discovery Channel)
• Thurgood (HBO)
Traffic (Criterion)
• The Tuskegee Airmen (HBO)

I don’t normally purchase the Blu-rays I choose as my pick of the week, but this week I’ll be running to the store and buying Traffic.

Anything on the list interest you?

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  • Anonymous

    Nice pick this week with Traffic.  A very well told, and often disturbing story of the war on drugs.  Nothing else really noteworthy this week.  The Ed O’Neill comedy Dutch did catch my eye.  I enjoyed this title when it was first released. 

    • That was my next choice, ironically. Having a step father myself and sort of experiencing some father/son friction during my teen years, Dutch has always held a fond place in my heart. Hit very close to home back when I first watched it.

  • No love for the 70th Anniversary Edition of Citizen Kane?!?  What’s wrong with you people?
    The sad thing is, I think the technical brilliance of that movie is lost on a lot of people today but at the time, the choices Welles made and the sheer amount of will it took to bring that movie to the screen makes a fascinating tale on it’s own. 

    If you’re interested, check out RKO-281.  Netflix has it on Disc but not streaming.  Starring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, John Malkovich and more, it’s the story of how Citizen Kane came to be and it’s excellent.