Streaming or downloading movies is a convenient way to rent a flick even though the picture and sound quality are not as good as Blu-ray, but those fun behind-the-scenes extras are not usually available digitally. To keep you spinning physical discs for years to come, studios are including innovative and often immersive bonus features on the DVDs and Blu-rays of your favorite movies and TV shows. Read all about this month's best extras served up on shiny silver platters that take you beyond the feature presentations.
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
This must-own collection contains all four Indiana Jones adventures—Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—the first three of which make their Blu-ray debut in this set. Raiders benefits from a new 4K restoration, and it shows, while the next two sequels have also been remastered beautifully and feature DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks.
"The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark": This previously unavailable 58-minute documentary has vintage footage of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg discussing the plot and characters. There is some precious footage of Spielberg on the set interacting with cast and talking about the challenges of location shoots.
"On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark": This new two-part featurette can be watched separately or all at once. "From Jungle to Desert" has random interviews, deleted scenes, outtakes and alternate takes. "From Adventure to Legend" also is compiled of behind-the-scenes footage and concentrates on the second half of the film before finishing with a peek at the sequels.
All of the other extras are ported over from previous DVD releases, including a four-part retrospective documentary and individual featurettes on the series' sounds, stunts, music, critters and special effects.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray is a pop-up trivia track on the film's locations. Also upgraded to HD for this set are "Iconic Props," "The Effects of Indy," "Adventures in Postproduction" and the original theatrical trailers.
All 22 James Bond movies—from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace—are included in this massive box set that should leave 007 fans deeply shaken and stirred. Nine films—Goldeneye, Octopussy, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, Diamonds Are Forever, A View to a Kill and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service—make their high-def debuts here. The set comes out just prior to the latest Bond movie, Skyfall.
"The World of Bond": This exclusive featurette highlights the cars, women, gadgets, cars, music and villains that make Bond unique. There is also a pop-up trivia track that will challenge even the most rabid 007 fans.
"Being Bond": A closer look at the six actors (Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig) that have played the British secret agent over the past half century.
"Skyfall Video Blogs": A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Skyfall from the cast and crew.
This set has over 130 hours (!) of supplemental material to keep Bond fans busy, including audio commentaries, documentaries, vintage footage and much, much more.
The exclusive bonus disc in this set has a lot of promo featurettes, including one on "Fifty Years of Bond Style" as well as others on the Bond Girls, villains, locations, gadgets and more. The best exclusive is "Title Sequences," which is one hour of all the Bond opening sequences in order.
Titanic 3D Collector's Edition
If your heart still goes on for James Cameron's tragic romance starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as two passengers from different social groups who meet onboard the doomed Titanic, you're going to want this loaded collection that includes a Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet digital copy.
Best Extras: This handsome box has some physical extras that fans will treasure, including a hardback glossy art book, a passenger dossier, sketch postcards and collectible packaging.
Extras Extras: There are over six hours of bonus features, including 30 deleted scenes and 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes, many with never-before-seen footage.
Blu-ray Bonuses: This ultimate Titanic collection sets sail with two comprehensive brand-new documentaries: "Reflections on Titanic" and "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron." Well, the final word from the "king of the world" about this movie for at least a few years, anyway.