Do you love the smell of napalm in the morning? Then you’ll be thrilled to find out that Apocalypse Now
will make its Blu-ray debut on October 19. The new transfers supervised by Francis Ford Coppola will come out in a two-film set that includes the original 1979 cut, the extended Redux
version with 49 added minutes, and over nine hours of bonus features. The three-disc Full Disclosure Edition
includes all that plus the making-of documentary Heart of Darkness
as well as a 48-page collectible booklet.
Studios are starting to dig through their horror catalogs to see which titles could use a high-def upgrade before Halloween. MGM/UA is releasing 1978's super creepy Invasion of the Body Snatchers and 1985's cult classic Return of the Living Dead both in Blu-ray/DVD combo packs on September 14.
MGM's barebones Blu-ray version of Robocop contained none of the fun extras the DVD version had. Now the studio has announced that Robocop Trilogy is on the way with a suggested list price of $59.99. Here's to hoping that this time fans are treated to decent transfers and generous supplements from all three movies.
Attention Gen Xers—the classic 1975 sci-fi series Space 1999: Season One starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain is coming to Blu-ray on November 2. The six-disc set will be "complete, uncut and restored in high definition," although extras have not been revealed yet.
The first-ever day-and-date 3D Blu-ray release is going to come from Warner Bros.’ German branch with an August 10 release of Clash of the Titans. Unfortunately for Americans, the movie is only being released on regular Blu-ray here this week. But for those with a 3D setup, you should know that Warner Bros. usually doesn't region-code its discs, so you might want to import the 3D Blu-ray from Deutschland.
In tech news…just as Sony is starting to get the public to embrace Blu-ray technology as the next step in home-theater evolution, the company invents a new blue-violet laser that can read discs with 20 times the current BD capacity. That means with a full terabyte of storage, you could get a complete season of a TV show in 1080p on a single disc someday. Don't get too excited, though—that "someday" is 5-10 years away.
Also new on BD this week: Repo Men, Clash of the Titans (2010), Accidents Happen, Battlestar Galactica: Season Three, Fanboys, Ip Man, Johnny Handsome, Lock Up, Operation: Endgame, The Prowler, Puppetmaster, Rambo: Extended Cut and The Secret of the Grain