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 desert storms, bad dreams and some genetic mutations.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is probably the last summer blockbuster wannabe that will ever feature Jake Gyllenhaal as its leading man. The super-expensive Mike Newell-directed film didn't even cross the $100 million mark in domestic theaters, although it did perform well enough overseas to keep the people at Disney from having heart attacks. The studio will release the sandal-and-scimitar adventure about a magic dagger that can turn back time on DVD, Blu-ray and a DVD/BD/digital copy combo pack on September 14.
One, two, the new Freddy is coming for you. Warner Bros. is releasing the recent remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street starring Jackie Earle Haley as razor-gloved dream stalker Freddy Krueger on DVD and a BD/DVD/digital copy combo pack on October 5. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will contain the featurette "Freddy Krueger Reborn," but only the BD will have Maniacal Movie Mode, an alternate opening, an alternate ending and a deleted scene.
One of the more unsettling sci-fi films to come down the pike recently is director Vincenzo Natali's Splice starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as a pair of genetic engineers who make a dangerous new life form that they name Dren. Splice made a splash on the festival circuit but didn't really find the audience it deserved in theaters, so maybe it will thrill a new crop of viewers when it is released on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on October 5.
The Secret in Their Eyes is the Argentinean psychological thriller directed by Juan José Campanella that was the surprise winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2010 Academy Awards. The story about a retired criminal court employee who draws on his experience to write a dark novel comes home to DVD and Blu-ray on September 21. Both versions contain commentary by the director as well as behind-the-scenes and casting featurettes.
Do you remember the creepy sleeper hit Mirrors starring Kiefer Sutherland as a security guard who encounters some nasty ghosts behind mirrors? Fox is working on a sequel that is set to debut on DVD and Blu-ray on October 19. Mirrors 2 stars Nick Stahl, William Katt and Emmanuelle Vaugier and follows a new cast of characters as the supernatural murders continue. Both versions will contain Into the Mirror, the original Korean horror film on which both American films are based, as well as deleted scenes and two making-of featurettes. The BD will also have picture-in-picture functionality so you can watch the movie with the creepy "Woman in the Mirror."