The big summer flicks are starting to arrive on disc along with some classics and Blu-ray debuts. Here are this week's highlights:
Star Trek (2009): Director J.J. Abrams went a little crazy with the post-production lens-flare effect (is it sunny in the control deck?), but his reboot of the Star Trek franchise is also a thrilling origin story for James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). Due to a clever time-travel plot twist, original Spock Leonard Nimoy gets to meet his successor on-screen face to face. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray with exhaustive extras; Amazon’s exclusive gift set comes with a replica of the Enterprise.
Brüno: Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat is not as funny as that film, but watching the über-flamboyant fashionista Brüno try to convince a homophobic America that he should be a star has its moments. The Latoya Jackson scene—cut right before the film’s release due to Michael Jackson’s death—is included in the extras along with many other deleted scenes. (DVD and BD).
Gone With the Wind: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition: You’ll give a damn about this handsome set, available on both DVD and Blu-ray. The highest grossing movie of all time when adjusted for inflation (sink that, Titanic) comes fully restored in a limited and numbered velvet keepsake box. Inside are eight frameable art prints, a 20-page reproduction of the original 1939 souvenir program, a 40-page production history book plus extensive extras on the discs. If you require more, you’ll need a time machine.
Galaxy Quest: The important feature to highlight on the well-timed Blu-ray debut of this hilarious Star Trek spoof starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver is the inclusion of the Thermian language audio track. Be sure to check out if you were ever curious what a gargling chicken might sound like.
Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Blu-ray debut of the best Chuck Palahniuk film adaptation stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter and lot of punch-happy fellows. Don’t panic when you load the disc and a menu for a much gentler Drew Barrymore movie loads—it’s a gag and you’re still the man.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape: The Blu-ray debut of Steven Soderbergh’s indie sensation starring Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo features a 20-year reunion of the cast at the Sundance Film Festival.
Also new this week: Kevin Smith Box Set (BD), Rome: The Complete Series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas, The Open Road and Franklyn.