The Blu-ray Crypt – Oct. 30

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

There isn’t a lot that needs to be said about this Blu-ray set.  As far as I’m concerned this is a must-own for film collectors.  The only downside is that you are going to have to drop about $225 to acquire it.  I personally can’t drop that kind of money right now but I’m hoping that by the time I have some money saved up for it that it’ll still be available for purchase (it’s a limited edition).  The upside to this set, which is also the biggest reason to buy it, is that you get 15 Alfred Hitchcock films in high-definition all in one beautiful box set!  You get Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marni, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot.  I want.

Rosemary’s Baby

It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen Rosemary’s Baby and it’s about time that I revisit it.  Thankfully, Criterion has taken it upon themselves to release this horror classic on Blu-ray and I’m pretty excited to check out the new transfer.  In fact, this new digital transfer is approved by director Roman Polanski and was created in 4K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative.  On top of the high quality video, fans are treated to a new documentary where Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans recall their work on the film.  Here’s hoping I can fit it in before Halloween.  Also, just a heads up, Barnes & Noble is currently having a 50% off Criterion movies sale and even though this is a new release, I do believe it qualifies, so it’s definitely a good time to pick it up there.

Safety Not Guaranteed

If you’ve not seen this film yet, do yourself a favor and make a point to watch it.  It’s a great little indie flick that is charming, funny and moving.  Aubrey Plaza (of Parks and Recreation fame) stars in this film from first time director Colin Trevorrow.  I’m a big fan of Plaza and she does a great job in combining deadpan comedy with a vulnerable and endearing performance.  The supporting cast is great, all providing a fun quirkiness to their characters.  The film’s strength lies in the journey of its fallible characters as they are searching for ways to connect to someone.  Safety Not Guaranteed is definitely among my favorite films of the year and comes highly recommended.

The Campaign

I had high hopes for this comedy.  I like both Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis and I found the trailer to be pretty funny.  After seeing the film, I felt kind of disappointed with the film as the trailer had essentially already revealed its funnier scenes.  Don’t get me wrong, I laughed at the film but it just didn’t feel riotously hilarious as I had hoped it would be.  Ultimately, I found The Campaign to be somewhat forgettable and is definitely not anywhere near my favorite of Ferrell’s films, or even Galifianakis’s work.  This new release features an extended cut that adds eleven minutes to its running time, though I’m not sure those eleven minutes will tip the scales of me liking the film more.  I may consider giving it another shot but then again I might just want to watch Step Brothers or Anchorman instead.

More titles released today:

Ruby Sparks

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

House of Dark Shadows

Night of Dark Shadows

Max Fleischer’s Superman: Collector’s Edition

Kung Fu Panda: Holiday Special

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Metalocalypse: Season IV – Church of the Black Klok

The Brain

Copper: Season One

Greed in the Sun

Americano

Chuck: Seasons 1-5

A Christmas Story 2

by Ben McBride (@monsterpopcorn)

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