Nu to Blu: National Lampoon’s Vacation and European Vacation, Plus The Illusionist, Hamlet and Much More

Nu to Blu: National Lampoon’s Vacation and European Vacation, Plus The Illusionist, Hamlet and Much More

Apr 22, 2010

Who wants to go to Wally World? Warner Bros. wants to tickle your funny bone this summer when it brings National Lampoon’s Vacation, National Lampoon’s European Vacation and What’s Up, Doc? to Blu-ray for the first time. Vacation includes commentary by Chevy Chase and filmmaker Harold Ramis, and the “Family Truckster Featurette Gallery; European Vacation has commentary by Chase and “A Star of TV’s Community;” and What’s Up, Doc? has scene-specific commentary by Barbra Streisand, full-movie commentary by Peter Bogdonavich and a vintage featurette.

Joss Whedon’s demented—but enormously popular—musical comedy Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog starring Neil Patrick Harris come to Blu-ray on May 25 almost a year and a half after its DVD debut. Extras include commentary with the cast and creators, "Commentary! The Musical,” behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the movie and the music, the top 10 video applications submitted by fans who want to join the Evil League of Evil, and three Easter eggs: a blooper reel, rehearsal footage and up-close-and-personal interviews with the members of the Evil League of Evil.

In the most high and palmy state of Rome, Kenneth Branagh’s four-hour version of Hamlet finally falls on Blu-ray on August 17. This 1996 interpretation of the classic play stars Branagh, Kate Winslet and Richard Attenborough and comes packaged in a handsome digibook from Warner Bros. Extras include commentary by Branagh and Russell Jackson, an introduction by Branagh, “To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet,” and vintage footage from the Cannes Film Festival.

Fox pulls the magical mystery The Illusionist out of its hat on June 8 for a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Neil Burger’s mesmerizing drama starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti had previously only been available on Blu-ray via imports from Italy or Canada. Supplements have yet to be revealed, but buyers can at least expect all the extras on the DVD version to be ported over.

Troma is releasing the cult classic Surf Nazis Must Die on Blu-ray for the first time on May 25. The comedy takes in place in the future after an earthquake has destroyed California’s coastline and the beaches have been taken over by ruthless gangs. When her grandson is killed by the neo-Nazi undead, Eleanor “Mama” Washington becomes the gun-wielding grandma you don’t want to mess with if you’re wearing a swastika. Supplements have yet to be announced, but Troma always includes a bunch of oddball extras.

David Bowie sang “put on your red shoes and dance the blues” in his hit “Let’s Dance.” He could have been talking about the ballerina spectacle The Red Shoes starring Moira Shearer, which the Criterion Collection brings to Blu-ray on July 20. The exhaustive extras include audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, an introductory restoration demonstration with Martin Scorsese, a 25-minute documentary, many behind-the-scenes featurettes and a booklet featuring an essay by Christie.

Also new on BD this week: Avatar, 44-Inch Chest, The Basketball Diaries, Crazy Heart, The Lovely Bones, Minority Report, Summer Hours and The Young Victoria

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