This week: A haunting vampire story, a heartbreaking dystopian drama, plus a Disney animated classic and a Bette Davis Best Picture winner both debut on Blu-ray.
Let Me In: The world doesn't need another remake or more vampire fiction, so this American remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In is already doubly unnecessary. Still, the story about an old vampire trapped in a little girl's body and the young boy she befriends will really get under your skin. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Never Let Me Go: This award-winning British drama is about three best friends (Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield) who grow up together at an idyllic boarding school. When they find out the horrible truth that they are genetically engineered clones created to be organ donors, they confront their feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal before their lives are cut short by the dystopian society in which they live. This beautifully filmed exploration of children who are damned is emotionally demanding for any audience. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "The Secrets of Never Let Me Go" — a 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition: Follow Alice down the rabbit hole again to Wonderland in the high-def debut of Disney's 1951 animated classic. This is as gorgeous as Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts are ever going to look at home—colors are bright and pop, the sound has been remastered in DTS-HD 5.1, and viewers have the option of watching the film in "Disney View" mode, which adds beautiful border artwork that fill the black bars on the sides of the screen. "Curiouser and curiouser!" Best extras: Several behind-the-scenes featurettes included on the previous DVD release have now been upgraded to HD, plus "Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland," "Painting the Roses Red" game, "Walt Disney Color TV Introduction," "Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob," and "Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
All About Eve (Blu-ray): This 1950 Best Picture Oscar winner starring Bette Davis as aging Broadway legend Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington—the titular hungry actress eager to replace Margo onstage—has one of the best screenplays of all time. This classic tale of the hunger for fame also features the film debut of a young Marilyn Monroe, who plays—what else?—a young starlet who'll do anything for her big break. "Fasten your seatbelts" for this high-definition debut that features a gorgeous restored black-and-white picture as well as DTS-HD 5.1 sound. Best extras: Audio commentaries and several illuminating documentaries that explore the parallels between the movie's plot and the lives of the lead actors. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: 10 (BD), An Affair to Remember (BD), Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Boys Don't Cry (BD), Chain Letter, Conviction, The Cove (BD), Dead Man Walking (BD), Monsters, Pleasantville (BD), Ray (BD), The Rules of Attraction (BD), You've Got Mail (BD), Hatchet II, The Tillman Story and Mean Girls 2