Nu to Blu: The Sound of Music, The Wiz, The Robocop Trilogy and News About Avatar 3D and Alice in Wonderland 3D

Nu to Blu: The Sound of Music, The Wiz, The Robocop Trilogy and News About Avatar 3D and Alice in Wonderland 3D

Sep 02, 2010

The hills are alive with The Sound of Music. No, it's not another Glee party at your neighbor's place, but the announcement that two versions of the 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will make their Blu-ray debut on November 2 to celebrate the film's 45th anniversary. The first set will include three discs (two BDs and one DVD) and includes commentary by Andrews, Plummer and director Robert Wise; "Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration," an all-new immersive viewing experience; "Music Machine Sing Along;" "A City of Song," which maps the filming locations in Austria; and much more vintage footage. The Limited Edition Collector's Set adds the soundtrack, a 100-page scrapbook, a reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, "Snapshots From Salzburg" and an exclusive "My Favorite Things" music box with letter of authenticity. Wow, that's a lot to sing about.

Still singing from The Sound of Music? Next you'll want to ease on down the road when Universal brings The Wiz starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor to Blu-ray on November 30. The 1978 musical, which is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, will include one featurette: "Wiz on Down the Road."

When Robocop was first released on Blu-ray, fans grumbled about the lack of extras compared to the DVD, which had plenty. Lately there has been some worry about the transfers being done for the Robocop Trilogy, which is coming from Fox/MGM on October 5. Here's to hoping the sci-fi series is given a shiny upgrade and that all the jettisoned extras from the first (and best) film in the series are restored.

The more recent 3D releases at the box office haven't exactly raked in the green, but two of the biggest 3D movies—Avatar and Alice and Wonderland—are coming to 3D Blu-ray. In what must be an industry-wide conspiracy to kill home 3D at the inception stage, however, both movies will be bundled exclusively with TV and 3D Blu-ray player packages—Avatar with Panasonic and Alice in Wonderland with Sony. Avatar 3D will be released on December 1, but it is said to be tied to its Panasonic package for an "unusually long" time. There is good news on the 3D front, though—the Playstation 3 will get its firmware upgrade that allows it to play 3D movies in October.

Big Daddy, the highest-grossing Adam Sandler film to date with over $163 million in tickets sales domestically, makes its big Blu-ray debut on November 9. The 1999 comedy directed by Dennis Dugan and co-starring Jon Stewart includes two making-of featurettes and two music videos: "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Sheryl Crow and "When I Grow Up" by Garbage.

You still won't find out what Scarlett Johansson whispers into Bill Murray's ear when Lost in Translation makes its Blu-ray debut on December 7, but at least director Sofia Coppola's strangely beautiful neon images of Tokyo will glow with a new light in high definition.

Also new on BD this week: Anchorman: The Legend or Ron Burgundy, Beatdown, Deep Blue Sea (Best Buy exclusive), Evil Dead, Harry Brown, House: Season Six, Marmaduke, NCIS Los Angeles: Season One, The Score, Sons of Anarchy: Season Two, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season

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