The Blu-ray Crypt – May 14

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Cloud Atlas

I saw this once in the theater and have been dying to watch it again.  My first viewing left me thinking about the film long after the theater lights went up and I’ve wanted to revisit it in order to try to process it better.  In fact, I think more than one viewing on Blu-ray may be required as the movie is rich in thematics and complicated in its execution.  It’s a movie that may frustrate some viewers but those with an open mind should find this to be a thought provoking experience.  The Blu-ray features a fantastic high-def video presentation but looks to lack in the special features department.  I haven’t had a chance to delve into the seven-part “Focus Point” featurettes (55 mins. in total) that provide an overview of the film and production but I’ve read that the featurettes have some repetition and overlap that makes for a fairly satisfying, yet slightly underwhelming documentary.  I was really hoping for some really extensive bonus features that delve deep into the film but sadly that does not look to be the case here.

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Texas Chainsaw 3D

I didn’t even know there were plans to continue the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise when this movie hit theaters so I was surprised when I learned of the movie’s existence; but just like a good horror villain, the interest may die off but they’ll always get back up on their feet.  I never saw this at the theater and, being a big fan of horror, I’d be interested in checking this out eventually.  The new film picks up directly from the ending of the original film and I’m curious to see what they do with it, especially since I’ve heard they had plans to make this the first in a long line of sequels.  With a reportedly good transfer, excellent audio quality and a good amount of special features, this looks like it’d be an easy rental, or purchase for die-hard Texas Chainsaw fans.

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Dexter: The Seventh Season

I’m a little behind on Dexter so I haven’t a clue as to what happens during this seventh season.  I still need to watch season six so I’ve been avoiding all promo materials and reviews on this new release so as not to have things spoiled.  However, much like with previous releases of the show, the special features are non-existent, which may be typical, but is still a bummer nonetheless.

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Crimewave

Shout! Factory presents the long lost Sam Raimi/Coen Bros. team-up movie!  As cool as that may sound, it might not be as good as you would imagine. Crimewave suffered from a lot of studio interference and the result is a movie with some interesting elements and sequences but is not terribly cohesive as a whole.  Still, it’s a fun look at the early careers of some currently prominent and very talented filmmakers, plus it has Bruce Campbell in it so that’s an added bonus.  The cartoonish noir movie hits home video looking the best it ever has, especially considering it was only ever available on VHS before.  Shout! Factory provides a pretty decent amount of special features for a movie that was all but forgotten, but most importantly, they provided an audio commentary and video interview with Bruce Campbell!  I’m really excited that Crimewave is on Blu-ray and to have it sit on my shelf next to all my other Raimi films.

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Spider-Man (Mastered in 4K)

Sony has a slew of titles being released in their new “Mastered in 4K” program.  Spider-Man is one such title, in addition to a handful of titles listed below in the “More titles released today” section, which include movies like Ghostbusters and Taxi Driver.  I’m very curious as to how these “Mastered in 4K” titles look as they are actually still 1080p but come from a 4K source.  It basically sounds like the Blu-ray equivalent of Superbit DVDs.  It’ll be interesting to see the reviews come in for these faux 4K titles to see if they are worth a purchase or if it’s just a way for Sony to repackage these titles and sell a few more copies.

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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

This new film from writer/director Roman Coppola (who co-wrote Moonrise Kingdom) looks oddly interesting.  The movie stars Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, Katheryn Winnick, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and is an imaginative film about a successful graphic designer’s journey through a bad breakup as his life falls apart and swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection.  The Blu-ray release features a commentary with Coppola as well as two featurettes.

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Battlestar Galactica

For those of you Battlestar Galactica fans that want to see the origins of Ronald D. Moore’s incredible TV show (or if you are simply just a fan of the original), Universal Studios is releasing the original 1978 movie in a 35th Anniversary release.  Apparently, this movie is actually the first three episodes of the original TV show, though don’t quote me on that as I don’t seem to be able to find a lot of details on this Best Buy (exclusive?) release.  I’ve seen some of the original TV show and found it kind of interesting, albeit cheesy, and never managed to get past the first two episodes.

More titles released today:

3:10 to Yuma (1957) (Criterion)

Jubal (Criterion)

The Unbelievable Truth

The Amazing Spider-Man (Mastered in 4K)

Ghostbusters (Mastered in 4K)

Taxi Driver (Mastered in 4K)

Glory (Mastered in 4K)

Angels & Demons (Mastered in 4K)

Battle: Los Angeles (Mastered in 4K)

Total Recall (2012) (Mastered in 4K)

The Karate Kid (2010) (Mastered in 4K)

The Other Guys (Mastered in 4K)

Frankie Go Boom

Tomorrow You’re Gone

Back to 1942

The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer’s Code

Tiger & Bunny: Set 2

The Miracle of the Bells

Tin Man

Escape

Brave New World

Second Chorus

JFK: A New World Order

Three Faces West

WWE WrestleMania XXIX

by Ben McBride

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One Comment on “The Blu-ray Crypt – May 14”

  1. Nolan McBride (@nolan_mcbride) May 16, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    For a movie that looks like it’s stolen its entire aesthetic from Wes Anderson, I’m very confused by Charles Swan’s box art.

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