Nu to Blu: The Original King Kong, Kalifornia, Escape from New York and More

Nu to Blu: The Original King Kong, Kalifornia, Escape from New York and More

Jun 03, 2010

“What ever happened to Fay Wray?” sings Tim Curry’s Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show about the King Kong actress. He’ll get his answer on September 28 when Warner Bros. releases the classic 1933 monster movie in its entirety and completely remastered on Blu-ray. It will contain scenes that were initially considered too shocking for theaters, which is quaint considering we now have movies like The Human Centipede. King Kong will come packaged with a 32-page digibook and includes commentary by stop-motion maven Ray Harryhausen and visual effects artist Ken Ralston with archival sound bites from Merian C. Cooper and Wray; “I’m Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper” 2005 documentary; trailers; and the seven-part documentary “The Making of Kong, Eight Wonder of the World.” This original Kong is considered one of AFI’s top 100 movies, so its arrival in high definition is a reason to beat your chest.

Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis bring the crazy in Kalifornia, which makes its Blu-ray debut on August 3. The film co-stars David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes, who recently made a lasting impression as Maryann the maenad on season two of True Blood. On the same day MGM is releasing the Coen brothers’ noir thriller <strong>Blood Simple starring John Getz, Frances McDormand and Dan Hedaya on Blu-ray for the first time.

Call him Snake—Snake Plissken. For those wondering why John Carpenter’s sequel Escape from L.A. got a Blu-ray upgrade instead of the superior Escape from New York, you can quit writing that protest e-mail. That cult favorite starring Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau and Donald Pleasence as the president escapes from DVD and onto Blu-ray on August 3.

Terry Gilliam is an auteur with a unique visual style. His bizarre 1981 film Time Bandits about a boy who is kidnapped by time-travelling little men for a crime spree makes its Blu-ray debut on August 24. The BD contains an all-new introduction by Gilliam and a full interview with the director.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shogun Assassin, AnimEigo is bringing the classic action-adventure film home on Blu-ray for the first time on August 24. The film is a condensed version of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub movies based on the manga series. The BD includes a commentary track and an interview with Samuel L. Jackson about his affinity for this and other samurai films.

Also new on BD this week: Absolute Power, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Bad Boys, Life, The Rookie (1990), Undisputed III: Redemption, War of the Worlds, Wild Things: Foursome, The Wolfman and a bunch of Clint Eastwood collections and BD debuts (read the June 3 Disc-y Business for all the details).

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