I'm not prone to hyperbole when it comes to films -- except the ones I really freaking love, obviously -- but I just received what may prove to be the coolest blu-ray press release of all time, thanks to Universal Home Video. Let's just say that while I cock many an eyebrow when the word "classic" is being tossed around, I wouldn't disapprove of the word when describing any of the following five films:
On July 26, you'll be able to enjoy the collegiate lunacy of Animal House (1978) and the undeniably awesome musical brilliance of The Blues Brothers (1980) on blu-ray. Really, do I need to describe what these two movies are about? C'mon. Both films come with car crashes, loud noises, and John Belushi, so expect your hardware to get a workout.
On August 9, we'll get a pair of slightly newer but no less adored comedy films: 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which marked the debut of Amy Heckerling, Cameron Crowe, and a few noteworthy actors, and 1993's Dazed and Confused, which is similar in that A) it launched a lot of solid careers, and B) it is freaking great. (On a similar note, Universal recently announced American Graffiti as a blu-ray title, and that one hits on May 31.
But of all the titles mentioned above, the one that Universal just announced ... the one that has me all geeked up and cinematically caffeinated is this:
On August 30, we'll get standard and blu-ray editions of the classic 1957 science fiction classic The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is one of my very favorite films. Like, ever. For a bit more on this release, check out my nerdy little rant over at Twitchfilm.
Good picks across the board, Universal. Thanks for that.