Warner Bros. is looking at Blu, kid. Blu-ray Bob reported on Monday about the announcement of a huge Humphrey Bogart DVD collection, and two films from that set will get individual Blu-ray releases on October 5: John Huston's The Maltese Falcon
and The Treasure of Sierra Madre.
Both will include a time capsule's worth of behind-the-scenes and historical featurettes, including a feature-length documentary on Huston on The Treasure of Sierra Madre
Attention all you pinball wizards: Sony is bringing the Who's 1975 rock opera Tommy to Blu-ray for the first time on September 7. The Oscar-nominated film starring Roger Daltry as Tommy, Ann-Margret and Jack Nicholson remains one of the most lauded musical films of all time. No bonus features have been revealed yet, but we're hoping for recent interviews with the band, cast and director Ken Russell.
If you have the player and the HDTV you need to watch 3D Blu-rays but are confused by the choices of glasses out there, overpriced-cable manufacturer Monster will answer your prayers with its Monster Vision Max 3D glasses, available this September. You'll need an adapter with the first pair that will together set you back $249, but these glasses work with every 3D television available today and transmit data in a different way so that you don't lose the 3D signal when you turn your head. Additional glasses will be $169—still expensive, but the best choice for 3D eyewear in terms of quality.
In Cold Blood, the 1967 film based on Truman Capote's notorious book, will get an individual Blu-ray release on September 7. The film was previously only available on BD bundled with Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
After 1978's Halloween, it seemed like there was no stopping the endless parade of slasher flicks that mimicked John Carpenter's horror classic but amped up the gore. One notorious offering that achieved a cult following is William Lustig's 1980 film Maniac, which featured makeup effects by the legendary Tom Savini. Blue Underground will release the uncensored, uncut version on Blu-ray on October 26, just in time for Halloween. The BD debut will contain an audio commentary by Lustig, Savini and others; an interview with star Caroline Munro; an interview with Savini; interviews with the composer and songwriters; "Maniac Publicity;" and a featurette on the film's continuing controversy over its graphic violence.
Speaking of horror, studios are dusting off their scary flicks and slapping as many on Blu-ray as possible before Halloween. Expect Hatchet starring slasher icons Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Tony Todd in an unrated cut on September 7 along with Pulse; the Project Greenlight winner Feast on September 14; Prey on September 28 and the 2006 Black Christmas remake on October 19. Here's a scary thought for you studio home video VPs—how about putting out some good horror films before October 31?
Also new on BD this week: The Crazies (2010), Don McKay, The Eclipse, Everlasting Moments, Hot Tub Time Machine, Kill Switch, The Leopard, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition, Stolen, Uncle Sam, The Warlords, When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors, The White Ribbon and Wicked Lake.