Nu to Blu: The Color Purple, Malcolm X, You've Got Mail, Pleasantville and Much More

Nu to Blu: The Color Purple, Malcolm X, You've Got Mail, Pleasantville and Much More

Oct 14, 2010

Warner Bros. is readying Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple and Spike Lee's Malcolm X for handsome Blu-ray Digibooks on January 25, just after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Details about supplements are unknown at this time, but—like all Warner Bros. Digibook titles—expect both to have classic photographs from the movies and informative essays about the production of each.

Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon played a pair of teens that were magically transported to a 1950s TV sitcom in 1998's Pleasantville. The Oscar-nominated fantasy makes its Blu-ray debut on February 1 with commentary by writer-director Gary Ross, an isolated score track with commentary by composter Randy Newman, "The Art of Pleasantville," Fiona Apple's music video "Across the Universe" and more.

Still feeling romantically nostalgic? Also on February 1 comes the 1998 hit rom-com You've Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The Blu-ray contains a commentary by director Nora Ephron, several behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes, Carole King's "Anyone at All" music video and the bonus movie The Shop Around the Corner, which is included on a separate DVD.

Bo Derek still scores a perfect 10 on Blu-ray. The 1979 Blake Edwards romantic comedy starring Dudley Moore as a songwriter infatuated with Derek includes the vintage featurette "A Dream…a Fantasy…a Ten!"

What happened to Adam Sandler's Big Daddy? The hit comedy was announced for Blu-ray and then yanked from the release schedule. Now Sony has announced that Big Daddy will indeed get a high-def makeover as well as the Sandler flick Mr. Deeds with Winona Ryder on November 9. The catch: both titles will only be available at Best Buy for an undetermined time.

Speaking of Best Buy exclusives, the big blue store is the only retailer to carry the Thir13een Ghosts/House of Wax double feature Blu-ray. House of Wax, the selling point of which is getting to watch Paris Hilton die a violent death, is already available on Blu-ray and all of those extras are carried over to this double feature. This Blu-ray debut of Thir13een Ghosts starring Matthew Lillard has all the supplements from the previous DVD release as well.

Go on a Bender when 13 episodes of Matt Groening's cult-favorite animated series get a high-def upgrade with Futurama: Volume 5 on December 21. A couple seasons of Groening's The Simpsons are already available on Blu-ray, so it's good to see Futurama playing catch-up. Extras include include episode commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, "Bend it Like Bender," "Previously On...," "Fry's Crudely Drawn Comic Book - The Crudely Animated Edition," "Fry's Crudely Drawn Comic Book Alternate Design," "Behind the Fungus: Makin' a Hit Song," "The Prisoner of Benda Table Read," and a Bender audio outtake.

Hip-hop is about to enter the third dimension with Step Up 3D on December 21. The film about a tight-knit group of New York City street dancers that find themselves pitted against hip-hop's elite will be available on both regular Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray, and both versions will include a DVD and a digital copy. It's also worth nothing this Step Up was shot in native 3-D; it's not an 11th-hour conversion job like Clash of the Titans.

The 1969 Western True Grit won John Wayne an Oscar and has just been remade by the Coen Brothers with Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. In what is surely not a coincidence, Paramount is ready to Duke it out for the original True Grit's Blu-ray debut on December 14. Extras will include a commentary track, "True Writing," "Working with the Duke," "Aspen Gold: Locations of True Grit," "The Law and the Lawless" and the original trailer.

Also new on BD this week: The Darjeeling Limited, Dollhouse: Season 2, The Hangover: Extreme Edition, I Am Love, Jonah Hex, Lost Boys: The Thirst, Mega Piranha, Red Dragon, Sex and Lucia, Three Kings and How to Train Your Dragon (more on the week's big releases here.)

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