Stop-motion maestro Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
) solidified his cinematic legacy with 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts
. Long before directors got CG fever, Harryhausen created a towering Talos the Bronze Giant that blended in with the actors on the beach as they did battle as well as an army of sword-swinging skeletons. Now Sony is bringing Jason and the Argonauts
home for its Blu-ray debut on July 6 with Harryhausen-heavy extras, including interviews with 89-year-old Harryhausen, “The Ray Harryhausen Chronicles,” “The Harryhausen Legacy” and commentary by Harryhausen, film historian Tony Dalton and Peter Jackson.
G.I. Joe takes on a 40,000-year-old race of warrior snake people in 1987’s animated favorite G.I. Joe: The Movie, which makes its Blu-ray debut on July 27. The BD/DVD combo pack will include audio commentary with story consultant Buzz Dixon, the final eight "Knowing Is Half the Battle" PSAs that were not on the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Complete Series DVD box set, the original printable screenplay and art gallery. The Blu-ray also allows users to choose between the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio or the previously unreleased 1.78:1 letterbox version.
The supernatural SyFy series Sanctuary is about Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her Sanctuary team whose mission is to study and protect the Earth’s bizarre and frightening creatures. You can already find the series on DVD, but E1 Entertainment is giving Sanctuary: The Complete First Season and Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season a Blu-ray upgrade on June 15. Each episode will have its own commentary track.
The latest Roger Corman cult classic to get the royal Blu treatment is 1981’s Galaxy of Terror, which shares uncanny plot similarities to Alien, which came out two years earlier. Galaxy of Terror stars a young Robert Englund before he became the man of our dreams, Freddy Krueger, in 1984.
Avatar, which was just released on April 22, has already become the top-selling Blu-ray of all time. The barebones BD sold over 2.7 million units in four days. The previous champion, The Dark Knight, sold 2.5 million copies in 18 months. Expect that record to hold until the Avatar double dip with special features arrives sometime in November. The power of Blu compels them.
Also new on BD this week: Armageddon, Dark Nature, Disgrace, District 13: Ultimatum, Dogora, Dune, Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Five Minutes of Heaven, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, It’s Complicated, The Jackal, Out of Africa, Ride With the Devil, Tombstone and Traffic