Nu to Blu: Bambi, Once Upon a Time in America, Backdraft and More

Nu to Blu: Bambi, Once Upon a Time in America, Backdraft and More

Sep 30, 2010

Disney will release another classic from the vault with Bambi, which gets a high-def makeover in early 2011 as part of the Diamond Collection. The Oscar-nominated 1942 animated weepie (No! Not Bambi's mama!) will come in a Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo pack for a limited time like the rest of the Diamond Collection films before it is locked away again, perhaps until the next leap in technology occurs. Holographic Bambi, anyone?

Sergio Leone's epic 1984 crime drama Once Upon a Time in America will be a collector's dream on Blu-ray when it is released on January 11. The acclaimed film about a Prohibition-era Jewish gangster who returns home to Brooklyn 30 years later to face his ghosts stars Robert De Niro, James Woods and Joe Pesci. Since it is currently ranked number 87 on IMDb's top 250, fans won't mind sitting through the uncut 229-minute epic or checking out the disc's historian commentary and making-of documentary.

Another HD DVD exclusive goes up in flames this January 4 when Universal releases Ron Howard's Backdraft: Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray for the first time. The 1991 thriller about Chicago firefighters stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro and Donald Sutherland and includes an introduction by Howard, deleted scenes, "Igniting the Story," "Bringing Together the Team," "Explosive Stunts," "Creating the Villain: The Fire" and stories about real-life firemen.

If you were excited to get Adam Sandler's highest-grossing film, Big Daddy, on Blu-ray on November 9, don't toss out your DVD copy just yet. Sony has yanked the comedy about Sandler's crash-course in parenting from the release schedule with no reason given and no new date.

Spoil yourself with the glossy, high-def makeover of the 1957 advertising industry spoof Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, on Blu-ray October 25. The frothy flick by director Frank Tashlin stars Tony Randall and Jayne Mansfield and comes packaged with a 44-page booklet with essays, interviews and photographs. Other bombshell extras include an intro by director Joe Dante, a vintage short showing Mansfield promoting the film, alternate music and effects track, and the original theatrical trailer.

Prints of Jen Jorgen Thorsen's 1970 adult comedy Quiet Days in Clichy were seized by the U.S. government on charges of obscenity back in the day. Now, 40 years after its initial release, Blue Underground is bringing the controversial "adults only" cult film home on January 25 in a completely uncut form with the original soundtrack by Country Joe McDonald. Supplements include "Dirty Books," "Dirty Movies: Barney Rosset on Henry Miller," "Songs of Clichy" and "Midnight Blue."

Also new on BD this week: Babies, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Frozen, Get Him to the Greek, Good, Iron Man 2, The Killer Inside Me, King Kong (1933), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Prey, The Private Eyes, Rock & Rule, Suck and The Thin Red Line

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