If you're a cinematic warmonger then September 28 is your new D-day—Terrence Malick's 1998 The Thin Red Line
debuts on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection. The World War II epic about the battle for Guadalcanal stars Adrien Brody, Jim Caveziel, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly and John Travolta (basically, every actor in Hollywood). Supplements include video interviews with some of the cast and crew, outtakes, WWII newsreels featuring footage from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands, and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt and a 1963 essay by James Jones on war films.
For those who still think that Blu-rays are just for big-budget, Michael Bay-ish films, take a look at 1963's Charade. The comedic Hitchcockian crime thriller starring Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Walter Matthau gets a high-definition makeover on September 21 from the Criterion Collection. Extras include an audio commentary with director Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone; "The Films of Stanley Donen: A Selected Filmography," Stone's career highlights and the original theatrical trailer.
Today is all about war and George Clooney in high definition, so next up we have 1999's Three Kings starring Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube set for a Blu-ray debut on October 12 from Warner Bros. Director David O. Russell's film about three Gulf War soldiers who decide to raid a bunker holding a stash of Iraqi gold has its own treasure chest of extras, including commentary with Russell, additional scenes, "Under the Bunker: On the Set of Three Kings," Russell's video journal, "An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process With Ice Cube," a tour of the Iraqi village set and an interview with the director of photography.
Vivendi wants you to scream this September. Up first on Blu-ray is Pulse starring Kristen Bell on September 7 followed a week later on September 14 by Project Greenlight winner Feast.
Universal is slowly pumping out titles on Blu-ray that previously were only available on the long-forgotten HD DVD format. On September 14 we'll get Unleashed starring Jet Li and Morgan Freeman and Mercury Rising starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. Extras are unknown for Mercury Rising, but Unleashed will include "Director Louis Leterrier: Unleashed," behind-the-scenes featurettes and two music videos.
If you're a fan of The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie and want a copy on Blu-ray, you'd better hurry—Criterion Collection lost its rights to the film and its Blu-ray will be discontinued at the end of June. Two other Criterion BDs going bye-bye at the same time are 1949's The Third Man and Pierrot le fou.
Also new on BD this week: The Book of Eli, Circle of Pain, Darkman, Flash Gordon, The Horseman, Mary and Max, Mystery Train, Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition, The Stepfather (1987), Supernatural: The Complete First Season, Unthinkable, When in Rome and Youth in Revolt.