The Blu-ray Crypt – Oct. 16

Terror Train

The boys and girls of Sigma Phi. Some will live. Some will die.  Who doesn’t like a slasher film starring scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and a bunch of partying college co-eds?  Terror Train is a pretty fun little flick that I’ve watched many times over the years.  It may not be quite as on par as another Curtis-starring slasher (John Carpenter’s Halloween) but it does have a little magic of its own.  And of course by “magic,” I mean that Terror Train is graced with the honor of being the only feature film to star magician David Copperfield!  Okay, so maybe that isn’t really that big of a deal but what is a big deal is Scream Factory’s release of this beloved slasher in a Collector’s Edition blu-ray!  I really dig the cover art for this one; it’s an enormous improvement over that really ugly cover of the film’s previous release on DVD.  Horror/slasher fans, this is a must own.

The Funhouse

Scream Factory is back again to give us another horror offering just before Halloween gets here.  I actually haven’t seen The Funhouse, which is directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist), but I’m considering throwing it into the line-up of my annual horror marathon at the end of the month.  This film apparently follows the slasher film formula but throws in a dash of atmospheric monster movie as well.  I’m pretty excited to check out this Collector’s Edition release.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s newest flick hits blu-ray and is worth every penny you spend to purchase it.  I really like Anderson as a filmmaker and Moonrise Kingdom really shows off the director’s trademark visuals and characters.  The film feels like a live-action children’s storybook and is full of wonderful Wes Anderson charm.  Moonrise Kingdom provided me with one of the most satisfying movie experiences I’ve had all year and easily vies for the top spot of my favorite Wes Anderson films.  I wish that Criterion was releasing this Blu-ray since they’ve done such a great job with the director’s other films and this release from Universal Studios is lacking in the special features department.  However, the transfer on this release is supposed to be pretty impressive so we can take comfort in that.

Mad Men: Season 5

I don’t have much to say about season five of Mad Men since I have yet to see it.  Mad Men is a must-watch show that I wait until it is released on Blu-ray so I can consume it all at once.  It’s a fantastic character drama that is superbly written and acted.  If you haven’t seen Mad Men yet, you absolutely should check it out!  All five seasons are available on Blu-ray and DVD and it is one of the best shows on television.  I’ll be tackling this new season come November once I get all my Halloween fun in before the end of this month.

Chernobyl Diaries

Chalk this film up in the “Ben hasn’t watched it yet” column.  I opted to pass on Chernobyl Diaries while it was in the theater but may give it a look now that it’s available on home video.  I can’t say that it really intrigues me all that much but I’m pretty lenient when it comes to giving horror movies a shot.  It looks a bit generic and, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to go to Chernobyl, let alone set a film there.  The landscape and palette of the city (and of the movie itself) just looks gross and depressing.  If anyone has seen this, leave some comments as to what you thought of it.  Do I try to watch it before Halloween or just wait for some random day when I’m bored and have nothing better to do?

More titles released today:

Avatar 3D

That’s My Boy

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D

Pete’s Dragon

A League of their Own

Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection, Volume 2

Gone In Sixty Seconds (1974): Car Crash King Edition

Ella Enchanted

That 70’s Show: Season 2

Alcatraz: The Complete Series

The Forgiveness of Blood

Female Vampire

Exorcism

Everybody’s Fine

Greystone Park

Excision

Rites of Passage

Dawn of the Dragonslayer

The Santa Clause Trilogy

The Slender Thread

by Ben McBride

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