We’ll all go a little bit mad when Universal releases the Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray on October 19. Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful masterpiece and unintentional godfather of the slasher genre is remastered in high definition and features discrete 5.1 channels of surround sound for the first time (purists can still choose the mono track if they desire). This Blu-ray debut contains all the extensive extras found on the already available special edition DVD (the feature length documentary “The Making of Psycho,” interviews with Hitchcock, newsreel footage, a featurette on the infamous shower scene and much more) as well as “Psycho Sound,” a never-before-seen piece that looks at creating a 5.1 mix from the original mono elements.
The Player, director Robert Altman’s satire of the Hollywood machine starring Tim Robbins, gets the Blu-carpet treatment on September 7. This pre-Entourage poke at the corruptibility of the movie industry has commentary by Altman and writer Michael Tolkin, additional scenes, “One-on-One with Robert Altman” and the theatrical trailer.
When Fox released Predator on Blu-ray the first time, everyone knew a double dip would be coming since the barebones BD had no extras of note. Now Fox has announced Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition Blu-ray for release on June 29. The two-disc set will contain over five hours of bonus material, including an audio commentary, deleted scenes and other featurettes. The BD will also contain movie cash to see Predators, which is not so coincidentally being released in theaters on July 9.
In another uncanny coincidence (insert snicker here), Lionsgate is releasing Sylvester Stallone’s 1989 action thriller Lock Up on Blu-ray on July 27 just before Sly’s much-anticipated action ensemble The Expendables hits theaters on August 13.
Mickey Rourke has a face only a mother could love today, but back in 1989 he was Johnny Handsome. Lionsgate is bringing the gangster flick co-starring Morgan Freeman home on Blu-ray for the first time on July 27 with three featurettes: “Noir in Nawlins” (about how the cinematographer created a modern film noir in modern New Orleans), “Double Crosser” (a new interview with Lance Henrikson on his role), and “Dark Notes” (a profile on composer Ry Cooder).
If you bought one of the bunk copies of Saving Private Ryan with the sound-sync defect (see yesterday’s Disc-y Business), more details have emerged about getting a replacement Blu-ray. You can return it to the store you bought it from after Tuesday, May 18, when replacement copies will be available, or call Paramount's hotline (888-370-8621) to find out how to receive a corrected copy of the disc.
Also new on BD this week: Daybreakers, The Edge, Edge of Darkness, Hang ‘Em High, High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part 2, Legion, M, The Magnificent Seven Collection, The Man in the Iron Mask, Marked for Death, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Rock ‘N’ Roll High School