This Thursday’s high-def headlines:
Fox is celebrating its 75th
birthday by releasing a bunch of its classic titles on Blu-ray for the first time. We’ve already mentioned the Alien Anthology
, but also coming in the third and fourth quarter of 2010 is The Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary
(new extras include live cast reenactments and a karaoke feature), The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary
(digitally restored with new interactive features), Romeo + Juliet
(new HD transfer with BD-Live functionality), Moulin Rouge!
(new transfer with BD-Live features) and an all-new “Director’s Definitive Cut” of The Last of the Mohicans
(features interviews with Daniel Day-Lewis).
Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe for his performance in the 2008 black comedy In Bruges about two hit men hiding out in Belgium. The film’s screenplay won a BAFTA award and was also nominated for an Oscar. Now Universal is releasing In Bruges—co-starring Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson—on Blu-ray on July 13. Extras include deleted and extended scenes as well as a gag reel.
Blue Underground is unleashing The Prowler, which has been called “one of the cruelest body-count movies of the 1980s,” on July 27. The cult shocker is directed by Joseph Zito (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) and, like that movie, features the gristly makeup effects by master Tom Savini. Extras include a commentary by Zito and Savini, Savini’s behind-the-scenes gore footage and a trailer.
Do you know that Joe Pesci and Christian Slater teamed up in 1994 for a crime comedy called Jimmy Hollywood? If you do, you’ll be thrilled that Lionsgate is giving the film its Blu-ray debut on July 6.
All Rodney Dangerfield wanted was a little respect, but you decide whether to give him any for the 1992 soccer comedy Ladybugs, which makes its Blu-ray debut on July 6. The tagline is “Getting respect for one big goal.”
Universal is bringing two more holdouts from the shameful HD DVD period to Blu-ray on July 13: Alpha Dog, starring Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis, and the remake of Assault on Precinct 13 starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. Alpha Dog gets only one bonus feature: “A Cautionary Tale—The Making of Alpha Dog.” Assault on Precinct 13 is packed with several behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and commentary from the filmmakers.
If you are still rattled by how awesome Daredevil was, you probably couldn’t wait to see its spinoff, Elektra (insert laughter here). For those of you who just can’t get enough of star Jennifer Garner, Fox is answering your prayers by bringing Elektra: Director’s Cut home on Blu-ray on May 4. In addition to a little more Garner, buyers will get commentary, “The Making of Elektra,” “The Mythology,” deleted scenes, alternate and extended scenes, and “Showdown at the Well: Multi-Angle Dailies.”
Also new on BD this week: Apollo 13, Crazy on the Outside, Gone With the Wind: Scarlett Edition, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pirate Radio and The Slammin’ Salmon