Nu to Blu: Beauty and the Beast, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, Three Mel Brooks Favorites and More

Nu to Blu: Beauty and the Beast, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, Three Mel Brooks Favorites and More

Apr 01, 2010

This Thursday’s high-def headlines: The next classic Disney animated film to get a Diamond Edition is 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, scheduled for release as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on October 5. The movie has undergone “state-of-the-art picture restoration” according to the studio and will feature hours of bonus material, including behind-the-scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks, immersive games and more.

Fox is slapping two catalog thrillers on Blu-ray on May 11 just in case you don’t want to buy Dad another tie for Father’s Day. First up is Marked for Death, which pits Steven Seagal against a deadly Jamaican drug posse in his hometown. On the same day we also get The Edge, which pits Anthony Hopkins against Alec Baldwin after a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness. Both appear to be barebones Blu-rays.

Mel Brooks fans will be laughing all the way home on May 11 when Fox releases High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I and Robin Hood: Men in Tights on Blu-ray. High Anxiety—an outrageous homage to Hitchcock thrillers that is considered one of Brooks’s best—contains “Hitchcock and Mel: Spoofing the Master of Suspense,” “The ‘Am I Very, Very Nervous?’ Test” and a trivia track. History of the World: Part I includes a trivia track and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. Robin Hood: Men in Tights has “Funny Men in Tights: Three Generations of Comedy,” an HBO special on the movie, and Mel Brooks’s LaserDisc commentary.

If you wanted to own Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on Blu-ray in this country you had to buy it bundled with The Curse of the Golden Flower and House of Flying Daggers, or import the all-region steelbook edition from the UK—until now. The version from the three-pack is finally now available for purchase individually.

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School will be the first film from the Roger Corman Library to get a Blu-ray release on May 11. The cult classic featuring P.J. Soles as a frustrated student who just wants to rock and the Ramones as her musical heroes contains a gymnasium’s worth of bonus features, including audio commentaries, a retrospective, an interview with Corman conducted by Leonard Maltin, a new interview with director Allan Arkush, a roundtable with P.J. Soles and others, original trailers and radio spots, and audio outtakes of the band at the Roxy.

If you wanted to see Wolfgang Petersen’s soggy remake of Poseidon starring Kurt Russell in high definition, you had to have picked up the now-discontinued HD DVD. All that will change on April 6 when Warner Bros. brings Poseidon home for its Blu-ray debut with a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

All of Middle Earth started to rumble when one French website suggested that the extended versions of The Lord of the Rings movies would arrive on Blu-ray by the end of the year, which is much earlier than anticipated. Don’t party like a Hobbit just yet—the post appears to be an April Fools’ Day joke. The theatrical versions debut April 6 in high-def in a 9-disc box set.

Also new on BD this week: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Collateral, An Education, House Broken, IMAX: Under the Sea, Red Cliff International Edition, Sherlock Holmes, Tromeo and Juliet and Vampyres.

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