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 a superhero, vampire slayers and some singin' in the rain.
In a summer filled with mostly disappointing sequels, Iron Man 2 was one of the few blockbusters that seemed to satisfy fans and also make bank at the box office. Robert Downey Jr. is rocketing home to you in that red-and-yellow metal suit on September 28 as either a Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo pack, a two-disc DVD or a single-disc DVD. Both the BD and two-disc DVD editions contain commentary by director Jon Favreau, deleted scenes with optional commentary by Favreau, several behind-the-scenes featurettes and the AC/DC music video "Shoot to Thrill." A movie like this is made for Blu-ray, however, and the BD edition has many more HD exclusives, including several more making-of featurettes and ones on femme fatale Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), "Working With DJ AM," creating the Stark Expo as well as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault feature that allows you to access case files, dossiers, training films and tech details while you watch the movie. If you're crazy about collectibles, Target will have a limited edition (30,000 copies) of the Blu-ray set in a protective metal case.
If you checked out the direct-to-video sequel to The Lost Boys entitled Lost Boys: The Tribe, you have our condolences. Now vampire hunter Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) returns in Lost Boys: The Thirst on October 12 on both DVD and Blu-ray. Both versions contain "Charisma Carpenter Hosts the Art of Seduction: Vampire Lore," but the BD adds "What Is the Thirst?" "How to Kill a Vampire With Edgar Frog" and "The Return of the Frog Brothers Hosted by Corey Feldman." The original The Lost Boys is still a terrific vampire flick, so here's to hoping this latest sequel recaptures some of the fang-y fun.
Dollhouse: Season 2, the final season of Joss Whedon's sci-fi TV series starring Eliza Dushku, comes home on DVD and Blu-ray on October 12. Those who pre-order the BD at Comic Con will also receive a limited edition lithograph, a special treat for fans of the failed series. Special features include two retrospective featurettes, commentaries on three episodes, outtakes and deleted scenes.
Burt Reynolds fans will race to stores on October 12 when Universal releases Smokey and the Bandit: The 7-Movie Outlaw Collection on DVD. The set includes the three theatrical movies (the first two of which starred Reynolds) as well as the four made-for-TV sequels.
Do you long for the glitz, glamour and razzmatazz of Old Hollywood? If so, you'll tap your feet to TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Busby Berkeley Musicals when it is released on DVD on September 28. The set includes Dames, Gold Diggers of 1937, Footlight Parade and 42nd Street. On the same day you'll also get TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Astaire and Rogers on DVD, which includes The Gay Divorcee, Swing Time, Top Hat and Shall We Dance. Either set is perfect for that special friend who just can't get enough of 4:3 aspect ratio films on his or her vintage tube television. They (literally) don't make 'em like they used to.