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 occasional organ repossessions followed by bursts of singing, swords and sandals.
Human organs are easy to obtain but can easily be repossessed in the futuristic sci-fi thriller Repo Men starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. Universal brings the underrated film home in both a theatrical and unrated director’s cut on July 20. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary, deleted scenes, the Union commercials used in the film shown in their entirety and a featurette on the imaginative special effects.
Attention Gleeks—series creator Ryan Murphy is going to give you something to sing about when Fox releases the first season of Glee on DVD and Blu-ray on September 14. “When we developed the Blu-ray and DVD, we wanted to give those fans something special because they’ve been so great to us,” says Murphy. “There’s everything from a sing-along karaoke, to a behind-the-scenes look at our Madonna episode, to a dance lesson from our amazing choreographers. There’s even some all new Sue’s Corners which have never been seen before. It’s our ‘thank you’ to the Gleeks.”
In the erotic thriller Chloe, Julianne Moore plays a jealous wife who hires an escort (Amanda Seyfried) to test the faithfulness of her husband (Liam Neeson). This remake of the 2004 French film Nathalie got a limited theatrical release in March and comes home on July 13. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary with Seyfried, director Atom Egoyan and writer Erica Cressida Wilson as well as deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.
Do you like old gladiator movies? If so, you’ll be in sword-and-sandal heaven when Starz/Anchor Bay releases all 13 episodes of the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand on DVD and Blu-ray on September 21. Enhanced digital effects have been included on several of the episodes, and four episodes have been extended as special director’s cuts as a Blu-ray exclusive that feature content too risqué for cable TV. Both the DVD and BD also include several making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, bloopers and more.
Hugh Laurie’s misanthropic, limping doctor with the appalling bedside manner on TV’s House M.D. is still one of the most popular characters on television. Universal is making a house call with the sixth season of the acclaimed medical on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray on August 31. Both versions are loaded with extras, including a featurette on the episode that Laurie both directed and starred in.