Nu to Blu: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Amityville Horror Remake and More

Nu to Blu: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Amityville Horror Remake and More

Aug 05, 2010

Want to do the "Time Warp" again? How about in high definition? Fox will help you when it releases The Rocky Horror Picture Show on a 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on October 19 with a lot of new bonus features. The video is sourced from a brand new master taken from the original camera negatives, so expect Brad, Janet and that sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter to look the best they have since the movie debuted in 1975. One of the best new features is "The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture Show," which will let viewers peek in on what goes on at those midnight screenings of the film. Other brand-new supplements include "Mick Rock (A Photographer)," "Mick Rock's Picture Show (A Gallery)," "Don't Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadow Cast, Part I," "An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadow Cast, Part II," "Pressbook and Poster Gallery" plus many more features included on the previous DVD versions.

Long before Alec Guinness played Star Wars' Obi-wan Kenobi in a galaxy far away, he played in David Lean's classic 1957 war drama The Bridge on the River Kwai. Sony hasn't set a release date for the title, but the Blu-ray is already up for preorder on Supplements include a 35-page book with stories and photos from the production, replications of the original lobby cards, William Holden and Guinness on the Steve Allen Show, newly-discovered archival audio footage of Holden at the premiere, a pictures-in-graphic track and much more.

The original The Amityville Horror is already available on a barebones Blu-ray, and now the absurd 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds as an implausibly buff '70s suburban dad is coming to Blu-ray on September 14 in a BD/DVD combo pack. Here's to hoping that the extras include some background material on the supposedly true story on which the film is based—the whole hoax controversy is more interesting than this too-slick production.

When you pick up your Blu-ray of Iron Man 2 on September 28, be sure to leave no stone unturned in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault special feature. Buried somewhere in all the bonus graphics and trivia are two Easter eggs: complete teaser trailers for Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. No word yet if the latter will reveal Chris Evans in costume, so you tell us if you find it.

Image Entertainment is lost in The Twilight Zone. The company is releasing The Twilight Zone: Season Two on Blu-ray just two months after it plans on releasing the first season. Special features include the episode "Nightmare at Ground Zero" from the TV series Suspense, part two of George T. Clemens's 1978 audio interview, and a William Tuttle audio interview.

The four X-Men films, including Wolverine, have grossed over one billion dollars at the box office and volumes one to six of the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men have sold more than 550,000 DVD copies to date. Now Lionsgate is packaging the entire series together with commentaries and two featurettes for a Blu-ray release on October 12.

Good news for those who visit Redbox for their video needs: All 23,000 or so of the red video vending machines will carry Blu-ray titles by the fall. About 13,300 kiosks should already have BDs, the first titles of which include Green Zone, The Book of Eli and Brooklyn's Finest.

Also new on BD this week: After.Life, Blood Simple, The Breakfast Club: 25th Anniversary Edition, Bull Durham, Charlie's Angels, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Elvis on Tour, Elvis: Blu-ray Collection, Escape From New York, The Ghost Writer, Heroes: Season Four, Humanoids From the Deep, James and the Giant Peach, Kalifornia, Kick-Ass (see my recommendation this week), Open House, Piranha, A Prophet, Road to Perdition, Splinter, To Save a Life and Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

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