Nu to Blu: Jacob's Ladder, Stardust, the Individual Releases of the The Lord of the Rings Movies and More

Nu to Blu: Jacob's Ladder, Stardust, the Individual Releases of the The Lord of the Rings Movies and More

Jun 24, 2010

Tim Robbins loses his mind in Jacob's Ladder, one of the darkest, most twisted explorations of the effects of war ever filmed. Lionsgate is bringing this solid 1990 psychological thriller home on September 14 for its Blu-ray debut. Extras include commentary by director Adrian Lyne, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and a trailer.

Stardust, one of the last movies exclusive to HD DVD, will finally get the royal Blu treatment on September 7. The fantasy film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes will include the deleted scenes, blooper reel and trailer from previous versions. High-definition exclusives include a commentary track, "Crossing the Wall: The Making of Stardust" and "Nothing is True."

Did you like The Fellowship of the Ring but can't stand The Two Towers or Return of the King? Well, you're a weird one. If that’s the case, Warner Bros. is helping you out by making the theatrical versions of the three The Lord of the Rings movies available individually on September 14. Extras will be the same on each movie as if you bought them bundled all together in the Blu-ray trilogy box set, minus the digital copies. Still no word on a release date for the precious extended versions of the movies on Blu-ray, though.

Do you remember that demented 1974 stop-motion animated film The Year Without a Santa Claus in which Santa decides to take a vacation, leaving Heat Miser and Snow Miser to battle it out? It's a Gen X favorite, and all 125 minutes of it is coming to Blu-ray (without commercial interruptions, thank you) for the first time on October 5.

A man of the cloth and a man with a sword unite to save a South American tribe from colonial subjugation in 1986's The Mission starring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson and Aidan Quinn. Warner Bros. is committed to the mission of upgrading The Mission to Blu-ray on October 5, although no details about bonus features have been revealed just yet.

Maverick Albert Lewin's 1951 epic romance Pandora and the Flying Dutchman will fly onto Blu-ray on August 9 after a painstaking restoration of the film's glorious Technicolor cinematography. Extras include two original and one new trailer, alternate opening titles, production documents, a photo gallery and the 1946 short film Death of Manolete.

Also new on BD this week: Close-up, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3D, Death Race 2000, Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season, Green Zone, Hung: The Complete First Season, The Last Station, Red Desert, Remember Me, Riverworld, She's Out of My League, A Star Is Born and U2: 360°at the Rose Bowl

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