Both halves of Grindhouse—
Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror
and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof—
are already available separately as extended versions on Blu-ray. Still, fans of the theatrical double bill were disappointed that the movies were separated for home video and the hilarious trailers (Don't, Thanksgiving
and more) that ran between the features didn't make their way to disc. That will all change on October 5 when Vivendi puts it all back together again with Grindhouse: Special Edition.
Akira Kurosawa's landmark 1954 epic Seven Samurai makes its Blu-ray debut on October 19 from the Criterion Collection. The three-hour movie about a 16th-century village that hires warriors to protect itself from invading bandits is one of the most beloved (and drawn upon) Japanese films of all time. The disc is loaded with commentaries and behind-the-scenes extras, the best of which include a 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai and "My Life in Cinema," a two-hour (!) video conversation between Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan.
Mutiny on the Bounty, the 1935 Best Picture winner starring Clark Gable, debuts on Blu-ray on November 16 in celebration of its 75th anniversary. The original long-thought-lost nitrate camera negative was recently rediscovered and the movie has undergone a complete photochemical restoration for its high-def debut. The disc comes packaged in a handsome 30-page photo book and includes an Academy Awards newsreel and the vintage featurette "Pitcairn Island Today."
Lionsgate is gearing up for Halloween big-time with some Blu-ray debuts set for October 5. We're not sure how the no-budget indie blockbuster The Blair Witch Project is going to benefit from a high-def widescreen upgrade, but we're willing to go back into the woods to find out. The quality of Open Water—the chilling story shot on digital cameras about a couple left behind by their dive boat as sharks close in on them—is also a concern, but we're ready to dive back in. The other titles getting an upgrade on October 5 include Open Water 2: Adrift, 2001 Maniacs, the French horror film High Tension, Hard Candy, Secretary, Wonderland and the original Bad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel.
It seems like high-def horror fans will have to save their pennies on October 5. Also slated for release on that day is the Outback horror flick Wolf Creek, which is loosely based on the Australian "Backpack Killer" who murdered seven travelers in the '90s.
The next movie to get a 3D Blu-ray release is Sony's Monster House, scheduled to pop off store shelves on September 14. The PG-rated animated flick is optimized for full 1080p 3D and also contains a 2D version of the movie that will play on any Blu-ray player. This is great news for early adopters of 3D at home, but where are the 3D titles that feature actual flesh-and-blood actors in more adult settings instead of more CG cartoons?
Wes Anderson's oddball film The Darjeeling Limited, which is about three estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who reconnect on a train trip across India, arrives on Blu-ray on October 12. Extras include the short film Hotel Chevalier starring Natalie Portman, a behind-the-scenes documentary, audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, Anderson's American Express commercial and much more.
Also new on BD this week: Being Human: Season One, Black Narcissus, Cats & Dogs, Cop Out, Evil Aliens, Forbidden World, Galaxy of Terror, Just Another Day, Leaves of Grass, The Losers, Mother, The Red Shoes, The Runaways and Tin Man