Blu-ray Releases: January 24, 2012

Before I begin drooling over my all time favorite director, the full list of Blu-rays releasing during the week of January 24, 2012.

• 50/50 (Summit)
• Annie Hall (MGM/UA)
• The Apartment (MGM/UA)
• The Deadly Spawn: Millennium Edition (Elite)
• The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin – The Story of LA Woman (Eagle Rock)
• Fairy Tail: Part 3 (FUNimation)
• Fascination (Kino)
• Flash Point (Well Go USA)
• Godzilla (1954) (Criterion)
• Happy, Happy (Magnolia)
• Hell and Back Again (New Group)
• The Iron Rose (Kino Lorber)
• Lips of Blood (Kino Lorber)
• Manhattan (MGM/UA)
• Memphis: The Original Broadway Musical (Shout Factory)
• The Moment of Truth (Criterion)
• Motörhead: The World Is Ours – Vol.1 – Everything Further Than Everyplace Else (EMI)
• Mozart’s Sister (Music Box)
• Notorious (MGM/UA)
• The Nude Vampire (Kino)
• Paranormal Activity 3: Unrated Director’s Cut (Paramount)
• Queen: Days of Our Lives (Eagle Rock)
• Real Steel (Disney/Buena Vista)
• Rebecca (MGM/UA)
• Restless (Sony)
• Rifftrax: Live! Christmas Short-Stravaganza! – San Diego 2009 (Legend)
• See No Evil, Hear No Evil (Image)
• Shiver of the Vampires (Kino Lorber)
• Spellbound (MGM/UA)
• Stir Crazy (Image)
• Stripes (Sony)
• The Toy (Image)
• U2: From the Sky Down (Universal Music)
• The Whistleblower (20th Century Fox)
• Wings (Paramount)
• WWII in 3D (A & E)

My pick of the week is a tie. There are two Alfred Hitchcock directed classics releasing and both are amazing films.

Notorious, starring Cary Grant and the stunningly beautiful Ingrid Bergman, is a spy story topical during the time it was made (1946). Then there’s Rebecca with as strong a cast (if that’s even possible) featuring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Take all that and direct it masterfully and you’ve got my two picks of the week. Simple really.

Oh, and did I mention they both also have strong stories? Especially Rebecca based on the classic french novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Read that one in high school English class it’s so strong. The film adaption is even better thanks to Hitch.

Any other Hitch lovers out there? What do you plan to buy on Blu-ray this week?

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