Blu-ray Releases For May
May 14, 2015
It’s time once again for the monthly column alerting you to what’s coming down the pike in Blu-ray. Without further fanfare, here is a look at what you can expect to see in terms of new releases.
As usual I’ll first list the crop of recent theatrical releases being issued during the month. These include Fifty Shades of Gray (** ½); American Sniper (***); Still Alice (***); Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (**); The Cobbler (not reviewed); Leviathan (not reviewed); Black or White (***); Mr. Turner (not reviewed) and Selma (*** ½).
Universal has a full slate of catalog titles being issued during the month. These include the seven-film Clint Eastwood Collection (reviews vary) which brings together all of the actor/director’s output for Universal.
John Travolta & Gene Hackman in Get Shorty
The studio will also issue some Steven Spielberg films which were previously available only in the director’s box set. These include 1941 (***); Always (***); The Sugarland Express (*** ½) and Duel (*** ½). They will also be reissuing Munich (***); which was previously only available at Best Buy. There’s also a new Jurassic Park (*** all films) box afoot and releases of cult comedies Wet Hot American Summer (** ½) and Orgazmo (** ½).
Warners will also be issuing some great studio titles as well. These include a 25th (!) anniversary edition of Goodfellas (****); Ninotchka (***); a Frank Sinatra Five Film Collection (Reviews Vary) and Ladyhawke (***).
Fox will be issuing some great stuff from their vaults with such titles as a 20th anniversary edition of Get Shorty (*** ½); a rerelease of the original The Terminator (*** ½) and a Sergio Leone box set (reviews average ***);
Scene from Selma
Scream/Shout Factory will be issuing a new Mad Max box set (*** ½ first two films, *** for the third); a double bill of Empire of the Ants (**) Jaws of Satan (not reviewed); a double bill of Frogs (**) Food of the Gods (** ½); Stigmata (not screened) and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (not screened).
Starz/Anchor Bay has such titles on tap for the month as The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (** ½); Kiss of the Dragon (not screened) and The Osterman Weekend (not screened).
Criterion, well known for their special editions of critically acclaimed films, will be releasing Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight (***); The Merchant of Four Seasons (not screened); The Rose (***); The Confession (not screened) and State of Siege (not screened).
Other various titles you can expect to see during the month include Yellowbeard (* ½); Enter the Ninja/Revenge of the Ninja (**); Flawless (** ½); American Buffalo (**); Short Eyes (***); A Man For All Seasons (***); Mississippi Burning (*** ½); Hombre (not screened); They Call Me Mister Tibbs (** ½) and The Organization (** ½) and Extremeties (***).
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