October Blu-ray Releases
October 17, 2013
October is halfway done but the Blu-ray titles keep a coming. There’s quite an eclectic selection this month and here’s a look at what to expect.
I’ll get the column started by listing the recent film releases making their way down the pike. These include the Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn, Google commercial disguised as a comedy, The Internship (* ½); director James (Insidious) Wan’s summer horror hit, The Conjuring (** ½); the indie film The Way Way Back (** ½);
Scary scene from The Exorcist, 1973
the animated film The Croods (not reviewed); the latest film in the Child’s Play franchise, Curse of Chucky (not reviewed); the Will Smith dud from June, After Earth (**); the suspenser from June, The Purge (**); the Disney/Pixar prequel Monster’s University (**); the sci-fi flop RIPD (not reviewed); the horror remake Maniac (not reviewed); director Guillermo Del Toro’s latest, Pacific Rim (***) and the third installment in the Before series of films, Before Midnight (*** ½).
If you’re a fan of classic horror films there are a few noteworthy releases during the month. These include a limited pressing (3,000) from Twilight Time of director Robert Mulligan’s 1972 fright film, The Other (*** ½); a fortieth anniversary edition of The Exorcist (*** ½); the lackluster prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (* ½); Criterion’s releases of I Married a Witch (not reviewed); The Uninvited (not reviewed) and Eyes Without a Face (***); the 1978 film The Medusa Touch (** ½); the 1980 horror anthology The Monster Club (** ½); a 3-D release of the 1953 version of House of Wax (***); the 1963 version of The Haunting (***); the 1976 film Snuff (not reviewed); the 80s horror staples Demons and Demons 2 (** ½ both films); a box set of the three Amityville Horror films from the 1980s (** for all three films); and John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (** ½).
Several noteworthy comedies will be turning up in hi-definition by the end of the month as well. These include Notting Hill (***); a tenth anniversary edition of Love Actually (***); Weird Science (** ½); Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy (*** ½); My Cousin Vinny (***); Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (** ½); the unintentionally hilarious Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (* ½) and the 1982 sequel, Airplane II.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Several box sets worth mentioning include a Shout Factory box featuring most of Bruce Lee’s work prior to Enter the Dragon and a Criterion John Cassavetes box featuring five of that director’s most renowned films.
Not in any particular order, here are a few other releases worth mentioning. These include the Robert Redford suspenser, Three Days of the Condor (***); The Eagle Has Landed (** ½); the 1950s classics Stalag 17 (****) and From Here to Eternity (***); a tenth anniversary edition of the award-winning foreign film Oldboy (***); the classic 1973 western High Plains Drifter (*** ½); Werner Herzog’s remake of Bad Lieutenant (** 1/2); the 1966 classic Fantastic Voyage (*** ½); producer Irwin Allen’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (***) and the animated classic The Little Mermaid (***).
That’s it for this month. Hope you find something to your liking.
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