December Blu-ray Releases
December 5, 2013
The holiday shopping season is definitely upon us and with that in mind I present to you this month’s offerings in the way of new Blu-ray releases. If there are film fans on your shopping list you’ll be sure to find something here that will tickle their fancy and satisfy your buying needs all at the same time.
There are many recent theatrical releases making their way to the hi-def format and we’ll get those out of the way right off the bat.
The Hangover Boys have a Blu-ray box set now
These include the horror opus, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (**); an extended, declassified edition of Argo (*** ½); the recent mob comedy from September, The Family (**); two summer sequels no one was clamoring for, Kick Ass 2 and Smurfs 2 (not reviewed); the sci-fi vehicle Elysium (***); the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, Wolverine (***); The Ultimate Life (not reviewed), which is a sequel to the 2006 film The Ultimate Gift; the horror sequel Insidious 2 (* ½); Joseph Gordon’s Levitt’s filmmaking debut, Don Jon (*** ½); Fast and Furious 6 (** ½); Despicable Me 2 (not reviewed); a documentary centering on The Beatles’ secretary, Good Ole’ Freda (not reviewed); the crime-drama The Iceman (not reviewed), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (**).
Universal will be issuing stand alone pressings of Alfred Hitchcock’s final two films, Frenzy (*** ½) and Family Plot (***), as these were previously only available as part of their fifteen disc box set.
Robert Loggia & Tom Hanks in Big
Paramount will see fit to do the same thing with all of the Indiana Jones films as well, while also issuing a Jack Rhyne box set, which will include the complete cinematic adventures of the late Tom Clancy’s CIA agent extraordinaire. Speaking of Paramount, they will also be reissuing Anchorman in what is referred to as the Rich Mahogany edition.
Several well-regarded classics will be making their hi-def debuts courtesy of Fox. These include the 1935 version of The Call of the Wild (not screened); the 1960 John Wayne vehicle North to Alaska (***); the 1939 film Jesse James (not screened) and a 25th anniversary edition of Big (***).
Criterion definitely has an interesting slate lined up for December. These include releases of Robert Altman’s Nashville (***); the cult documentary Grey Gardens (***) and the acclaimed 1970 Italian crime drama, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (not screened).
Farrell in Anchorman
Several horror/sci-fi suspense titles making their way to hi-def in December include Saturn 3 (not screened); The Beast Within (** ½); Crawlspace (not screened); Darkman (***); Tourist Trap (** ½) and the 1921 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (***).
Finally, Disney will be issuing a 50th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins along with a double feature of Muppets Treasure Island/Great Muppet Caper.
Warners will issue a Hangover trilogy box set and the 1973 classic Serpico. Somewhere during the month, the Chuck Norris film The Octagon will also see the light of day.
That’s it for this month. Hope you find something to your liking. Happy Holidays!
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