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 uneasy dreams punctuated by carnivorous fish and a Swedish spitfire.
Christopher Nolan's mind-bending smash hit Inception will invade your dreams on December 7. The surreal sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page and Michael Caine was one of the most talked about—and seen—movies of 2010, taking in over $289 million at the domestic box office. Although Inception will be available on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo back, it appears only the Blu-ray will have any supplements, which include "Extraction Mode," "Dreams: Cinema of the Unconscious," selections from Hans Zimmer's terrific score, art galleries, and BD-Live access to some "confidential files" about dream-share technology.
Those angry fish that chewed up dozens of idiotic sunbathers and Jerry O’Connell’s nether regions in Piranha 3D will leap out of your TV on December 27. The super-fun, cheesy remake starring O'Connell, Elisabeth Shue and a bunch of hardbodies, with cameos by Christopher Lloyd and Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss, will be available on the 3-D Blu-ray format for those that have the capabilities and would like something a little more extreme to watch on their 3-D setups than animated kid flicks. No word if the DVD will contain a 3-D version to use with those old anaglyph red-and-blue glasses.
If you're into The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the sequel The Girl Who Played with Fire, then you'll be first in line for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest on January 4 on both DVD and Blu-ray. The final installment of the "Millennium Trilogy" starring Noomi Rapace as the titular girl doing all the kicking has enough of a cult following that Social Network director David Fincher is filming an American remake of the Swedish phenomenon.
From writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (HBO's Big Love) comes the acclaimed independent drama Mother and Child on DVD and Blu-ray on December 14. The story about three women and the unbreakable bond between mother and children stars Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington. Extras on both versions include deleted scenes, "Creating the Family Tree," and "Universally Connected: Cast and Crew Discuss the Universal Themes in the Film."
Although we think the casting director was smoking something potent by casting Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as a married couple who open the first legal brothel in Nevada, we're intrigued by director Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch. The seedy drama arrives on both DVD and Blu-ray on November 9 with deleted scenes and audio commentary by Mirren and Hackford.