Blu-ray Releases: February 28, 2012

Before the Academy Awards this past weekend, I quickly watched as many of the Oscar nominated films I could. Some were still in theaters while others were already available for rent or purchase. Fortunately quite a few were just a quick download away using my PlayStation 3 and the video store.

One of the films I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to see, releases on Blu-ray tomorrow. It took home five Oscars last night most of which lead me to believe the Blu-ray release should be visually stunning with fantastic audio. I will definitely be picking up the 3D version considering.

Here are a few of the Blu-rays hitting store shelves tomorrow (week of February 28, 2012):

• Baba Yaga (Blue Underground)
• Beneath the Darkness (Image)
• Bettie Page: Dark Angel (Cult Epics)
• The Buccaneer (Olive Films)
• Fairy Tail: Part 4 (FUNimation)
• How the Universe Works (Discovery Channel)
• Hugo (Paramount)
• Hugo – 3D (Paramount)

• I Melt with You (Magnolia)
• Jack Kerouac – King of the Beats (Kultur)
• Johnny English (Universal)
• Johnny English Reborn (Universal)
• Justice League: Doom (Warner Brothers)
• Mandrill (Magnolia)
• Midsomer Murders: Set 19 (Acorn Media)
• The Mountain (Olive Films)
• Nijinsky (Olive Films)
• Scarlet Street (Kino)
• Top Gear: The Complete Season 17 (BBC)
• Triad Trilogy (Palisades Tartan)
• Vanya on 42nd Street (Criterion)
• Where Love Has Gone (Olive Films)
• WWE: Royal Rumble 2012 (Vivendi)

So I’m taking a stab in the dark with my choice this week but check out the pedigree. Hugo, my pick of the week, won Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. I’m optimistic the transfer to Blu-ray will go well, so I’m charging my 3D glasses in anticipation.

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