September 17, 2012


This week on Blu-ray is an embarrassment of riches with all four Indiana Jones films, the new horror classic The Cabin in the Woods, a Criterion Collection edition of David Fincher’s The Game, Tim Burton’s wonderfully offbeat drama Ed Wood, and much more.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for details on all the aforementioned new Blu-ray releases.

The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]


Director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon delivered something of a horror masterpiece with this year’s The Cabin in the Woods, and now the fun lives on in glorious HD.  The Blu-ray includes a digital copy of the film and boasts a must-listen audio commentary with Goddard and Whedon, a picture-in-picture bonus view mode that features the cast and crew talking about the film onscreen, a nearly 30-minute long featurette on the making of the film with Whedon and Goddard explaining how it came to be, a 13-minute featurette that focuses on the production design and props, separate behind-the-scenes featurettes devoted to the film’s makeup & animatronic effects and the visual effects, and the full Wonder-Con Q&A with Goddard and Whedon.

Click here to catch up on all of our previous coverage of the film.

Chico & Rita Collector’s Edition (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD Soundtrack Combo)


Nestled among the usual suspects in last year’s Best Animated Feature category at the Academy Awards was a surprise music-driven foreign film called Chico & Rita.  The Spanish pic is now getting a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release, and the disc comes with both a Blu-ray and DVD version of the film as well as a copy of the CD soundtrack.  The special features are light, as only an audio commentary by directors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal and a 28-minute behind-the-scenes featurette are included on the release.

Ed Wood [Blu-ray]


Though Tim Burton’s quirks can get in the way of his storytelling from time to time, his 1994 black-and-white profile of director Ed Wood is a masterful execution of his talents.  Moreover, the film includes some exceptional performances from Johnny Depp and Martin Landau (who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of an aging Bela Lugosi).  Details on the disc’s special features are scarce at the moment, but it’s said to include an audio commentary from Burton, deleted scenes, and featurettes covering Howard Shore’s score and Landau’s transformation into Lugosi.

The Game (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


Director David Fincher’s 1997 thriller gets the Criterion Treatment as the Michael Douglas-starrer has been painstakingly transferred to the HD format by the movie angels over at Criterion.  The disc boasts the same audio commentary that appeared on the previous Laser Disc Criterion release with Fincher, Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, director of photography Harris Savides, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug.  The bounty of special features also include the original trailer with an optional commentary from Fincher in which he explains the difficulty in crafting a trailer that didn’t spoil the film, the teaser (with commentary), the teaser render test (with commentary), a short alternate ending, film-to-storyboard comparisons, behind-the-scenes footage shot specifically for Criterion, and an illustrated booklet with an essay by film critic David Sterritt.

Halloween II (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray / DVD]


Though John Carpenter’s horror classic original was a tough act to follow, director Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween II fell quite short of matching the quality of Halloween.  Nevertheless, the film is coming to Blu-ray with a bevy of special features that are sure to please fans of the franchise.  The disc includes two audio commentaries: one quite candid track with Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi and a more behind-the-scenes skewed track with actor/stunt coordinator Dick Warlock and “Icons of Fright” creator Robert V. Galluzzo.  Also included is a 45-minute retrospective documentary, “The Television Cut” of the film that is closer to Rosenthal’s original film than the one that hit theaters (on which Carpenter pitched in at the last minute to up the horror factor), a copy of the film’s script, a location featurette, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and more.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]


In addition to Halloween II, the Michael Myers-less third entry in the franchise is also getting the “collector’s edition Blu-ray” treatment just in time for October.  This disc also boasts some impressive special features including two audio commentaries: one with director Tommy Lee Wallace, Rob G. from “Icons of Fright”, and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds’ Sean Clark, and another with actor Tom Atkins and DVD producer Michael Felsher.  Also on the disc is a retrospective documentary that touches on the original plan of making new “Halloween” themed movies every year, a Horror’s Hallowed Grounds featurette focusing on the film’s shooting locations, the trailer, and more.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]


Finally, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’s classic adventure series is available on Blu-ray in its entirety.  Though the complete Indiana Jones set doesn’t include very much new supplementary material, the sheer magnitude of the special features carried over from the previous releases on top of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in stunning HD is still impressive.  The bonus material includes a full making-of featurette for each film (and two for Raiders of the Lost Ark) and behind-the-scenes material that covers everything from the music, sound, stunts, lighting, location shooting, post-production, and more from all the films.  Oh, and a featurette devoted to the melting face in Raiders.

Click here to read the full list of special features included on the box set.

Judge Dredd [Blu-ray]


A reboot of the comics character is slated for release on September 21st, so what better time than now to remind fans of the Sylvester Stallone-fronted 1995 iteration of Judge Dredd?  Director Danny Cannon’s adaptation can only be described as cheesy, but $12.99 is a small price to pay for what I assume makes for a very enjoyable drunk-watch.  The bare bones special features only include a 20-minute made-for-TV featurette and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo +Digital Copy)


Katy Perry’s concert documentary Part of Me was actually quite the critical success this summer, but box office returns were fairly low for the revealing doc.  Nevertheless, the film is now available in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy bundle for your convenient home viewing enjoyment.  The supplements include the full concert performances of “Last Friday Night” and “Waking Up in Vegas”, footage of Perry visiting with her grandma and attending the Grammys, and behind-the-scenes video from Perry’s California Dreams tour.

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