This Thursday’s high-def headlines:
If you’re a Clint Eastwood fan, Warner Bros. will make your day this June. The iconic actor and director turns 80 on May 31 and, the day after, Warner Bros. will release a slew of Eastwood’s films on BD. There are two box sets: The Clint Eastwood Collection (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Kelly’s Heroes, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven, Where Eagles Dare) and Essential Eastwood: Director’s Collection (Letter from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven). There will also be two double features (Where Eagles Dare/Kelly’s Heroes and The Enforcer/Sudden Impact) and the three individual BDs of Absolute Power, The Rookie and Heartbreak Ridge.
Long before he was Locke on Lost Terry O’Quinn played the titular bad daddy in 1987’s The Stepfather. The cult thriller makes its BD debut on June 15.
Warner Bros. has meticulously restored 1954’s A Star Is Born and will debut the beloved Judy Garland drama on BD on June 22 in a two-disc deluxe special edition. Extras include a book with 40 pages of gorgeous photography and film history, alternate takes, deleted scenes, excerpts from Garland’s audio recording sessions, press materials and an essay by film historian John Fricke.
We can’t tell you what Ralph Macchio is up to today (his guest stint is over on the now-canceled Ugly Betty), but back in 1984 he was busting a move under the direction of Pat Morita in the box-office hit The Karate Kid. Sony is releasing the original and The Karate Kid, Part II on Blu-ray on May 11. The Karate Kid will have four featurettes and commentary by Macchio, Morita, writer Robert Mark Karmen and director John Avildsen, while Part II will have the original featurette “The Sequel.” You can also buy both films packaged together, but there is no word about The Karate Kid, Part III or The New Karate Kid with Hillary Swank.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Leonardo DiCaprio’s breakthrough performance as a promising athlete who becomes a homeless junkie in The Basketball Diaries, Palm Pictures will be releasing the film on Blu-ray for the first time on April 20. Bonus features include an interview with the real-life Jim Carroll and poetry reading, as well as interviews with the cast and director Scott Kalvert.
Chevy Chase fans will have to travel to their nearest Best Buy to get the funnyman’s Blu-ray two-pack of Funny Farm/Spies Like Us. Right now the films are exclusive to the big blue stores.
This Week: New on BD
2012, Where the Wild Things Are, Clash of the Titans (1981), The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Neverending Story, Ponyo, Gentleman Broncos and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee