September Blu-ray Releases
September 12, 2013
September is already upon us and the Blu-ray titles this month are pretty surprising, both in terms of numbers and the titles themselves. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ll get the new release stuff out of the way. This month’s crop of recent films coming to Blu-ray include Iron Man 3 (***); the zombie flick World War Z (***); Baz Luhrman’s take on The Great Gatsby (** ½); director Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (not screened); the Liberace biopic Behind the Candlelabra (***); Fun Size (not screened); horror film director Rob Zombie’s latest The Lords of Salem (* ½); the indie-thriller from this past summer, The East (***); Star Trek: Into Darkness (***) and Room 237 (***), which is an interesting documentary on the hidden meanings supposedly found in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining.
Since Warner Brothers took over distribution of the Paramount catalogue back in January, the studio has been doing a bang up job of getting those classic Paramount titles out. September’s offerings include an ultimate edition of The Ten Commandments (*** ½);
Paltrow, Law & Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley
the 1992 Andy Garcia mystery, Jennifer 8 (** ½); the late director Anthony Minghella’s 1999 suspenser The Talented Mr. Ripley (***); director Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes (** ½); a massive Friday the 13th box set, complete with all of the films up through number eight and the critically drubbed Basic Instinct wanna-be, Sliver (* ½).
Warners will also be plumbing the depths of their own vaults, offering up such treats as a 20th anniversary edition of The Fugitive (*** ½); the New Line Pictures sequel Next Friday (* ½) and the two Ace Ventura films (**). Fox Home Video will be offering up such films as Letter to Three Wives (not screened); the horror films Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2 (* ½) and Carrie (1976) (*** ½); the 2001 suspense film Joyride (***); a double feature of Wrong Turn/The Hills Have Eyes (remake) (* ½ both films); the 1958 version of The Fly (***) and a double feature of From Hell (***)/The Order (not screened).
Criterion will be busy again in September with such titles as La Cage Aux Folles (***); Ingmar Bergman’s powerful drama Autumn Sonata (*** ½); Richard Linklater’s debut Slacker (***); the espionage pic The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (not screened) and a trio of Ingrid Bergman/Roberto Rosselini films which include Stromboli, Europe 51 and Journey to Italy (not screened).
Disney’s offerings are somewhat slender during September. One release will be a 20th anniversary edition of The Nightmare Before Christmas (***) and another will be the Jennifer Lopez/Robert Redford starrer An Unfinished Life (***).
Universal has a few offerings during the month. These include stand-alone releases of the 1931 Dracula (***); Frankenstein (1931) (***); The Bride of Frankenstein (***); The Wolfman (1941) (***); the Hitchcock film Marnie (** ½) and a multi disc collection containing Tremors (***) and all of the film’s straight to video sequels, none of which I have seen. Image entertainment has several releases of note during the month. These include a Stephen King Double Feature of Children of the Corn (* ½)/ Sleepwalkers (**) and Creepshow 2 (** ½) and a Clive Barker Double Feature consisting of Hellraiser (** ½) and Hellraiser 2 (* ½).
Shout/Scream Factory have some interesting special editions on the way as well. These include deluxe editions of Psycho II and III (*** both films); Day of the Dead (***); Prince of Darkness (* ½) and Voyage of the Damned (***).
They also have a collection of Bruce Lee’s first several films entitled The Bruce Lee Legacy, none of which are very good. Finally, there will be a From Dusk to Dawn (*** original film) multi-film collection (sequels not screened) getting a release as well as a 35th anniversary edition of Halloween (*** ½) from Starz. Also, the long sought after 1980 television film Playing For Time (*** ½) will see the light of day during the month.
Questions or comments? Filmfan1970@hotmail.com or find me on Facebook.