This week: Predators
are back; The Bates Motel is open for business again and Marlon Brando brings the crazy.
Predators Adrien Brody buffed up to play a mercenary stranded on a mysterious planet, where it turns out he and his fellow soldiers have been brought as prey for its alien inhabitants to hunt. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray): We all go a little bit mad sometimes…especially when a landmark film like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho slashes its way onto Blu-ray in time for Halloween. The story about Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), his unprecedented mother issues, and Marion Crane's (Janet Leigh) ill-fated shower at the Bates Motel are legendary, but the black-and-white film has never looked crisper or more vibrant than for this Blu-ray debut. Even better, the new DTS-HD 5.1 surround track has those screeching violins scored by Bernard Herrmann chasing you around the room for maximum impact. Best extras: New to this BD edition are an audio commentary by author Stephen Rebello, a Hitchcock interview by director Francois Truffaut, a 16-page collectible booklet, and a sound-remastering featurette. Other previously released bonus features include “The Making of Psycho” documentary, a vintage newsreel, lobby cards and photos. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Apocalypse Now: Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition (Blu-ray): "The horror, the horror," whispers Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) at the end of Francis Ford Coppola's surreal masterpiece set during the Vietnam War. The "horror" is all the more vivid in this impressive Blu-ray debut that features the 1979 theatrical cut, Redux and the acclaimed Hearts of Darkness documentary. Martin Sheen plays Captain Willard, who is tasked with making a dangerous river journey to take out Kurtz—a man who has gone off the deep end, murdered hundreds of innocents and assembled a bizarre kingdom for himself deep in the jungle. To date, no movie better explores the devastating psychological impact of war. Best extras: This set is packed with exhaustive extras, including hours of interviews, behind-the-scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, galleries and archive footage. The discs come packaged in a 48-page collectible booklet with a special note from Coppola. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray): For all you sweet transvestites out there itching to do the "Time Warp" again, this Blu-ray debut is enough to make you shiver with an-tic-i-pation. The 1975 musical starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf and many more remains a demented homage to B-movies, sci-fi horror and glam rock that has taken on a life of its own after decades of midnight showings that took audience participation to a new level by encouraging them to "don't dream it…be it." Pull up a slab and try to replicate the experience in your home theater with your friends. Best extras: "Rocky-oke," deleted musical scenes and outtakes, plus many more featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Mirrors 2: Recent direct-to-video sequels of successful theatrical horror releases (see 30 Days of Night: Dark Days and Lost Boys: The Thirst) are usually bottom-of-the-barrel affairs, but this follow-up to Mirrors surprises with some decent acting and shocking gore effects. Max Matheson (Nick Stahl), who lost his wife in a car wreck and blames himself, takes a job as a night watchman at his father's department store. Max has premonitions of his coworkers being killed in horrible ways and rightfully suspects it is the doing of a mysterious demon girl he keeps seeing in the mirrors. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain two making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and the entire original Korean film Into the Mirror; the BD adds a picture-in-picture feature where you can watch the movie with the Woman in the Mirror. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: Oceans, Holy Rollers, Please Give, Night of the Demons (2009), Agora, Wallander and The Bionic Woman: Season One