Every Monday Blu-ray Bob gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what discs will be spinning in your DVD player in the upcoming months. This week’s forecast calls for time traveling and classic cinema.
It's been rumored for months but Universal finally announced that October 26 is the official release date for the DVD and Blu-ray debut of Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy. Director Robert Zemeckis's beloved sci-fi adventure starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd has been restored and comes loaded with more than two hours of all-new bonus features, including a six-part retrospective documentary with never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew. Now if only Doc could transport us back in time to when we bought Universal's previous DVD release of the trilogy so we could save ourselves the double dip.
If you're a Humphrey Bogart fan, Warner Bros. is looking at you, kid. On October 5, the studio is releasing the 24-film set Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection on DVD, which includes Black Legion, Marked Woman, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, The Treasure of Sierra Madre and more of the icon's finest films. The set is stuffed with bonus features like historical featurettes, interviews with film historians, vintage radio shows, classic cartoons, newsreels, bloopers and more, but the real find is the comprehensive Bogart documentary The Brothers Warner, which is included on a bonus disc.
You can run, but you can't hide from the train of Tyler Perry movies barreling your way. The latest one to be announced is Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? starring Michael Jai White, Janet Jackson and, natch, Tyler Perry. The comedy about four couples on their annual reunion vacation in the Bahamas returns home on DVD and Blu-ray on August 31, although it has not yet been revealed what souvenirs in the form of extras will be included.
Some pretty details have emerged about Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, scheduled for release on October 5. Three versions of the animated classic will be included, as well as an alternate opening, deleted scene, three documentaries, a new music video, and the previous DVD bonus features. The BD has some flashier additions, including the interactive "Enchanted Musical Challenge" and a BD-Live phone message app called "Bonjour, Who Is This?"
Brittany Murphy's final film is a psychological thriller called Abandoned, which co-stars Dean Cain Dean Cain and Mimi Rogers. The dark story about a woman searching for her boyfriend after he vanishes from a hospital arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on August 24 from Starz/Anchor Bay. Sadly, neither version appears to have any supplements, even though fans would have surely appreciated some final interviews with the young actress.