January 05, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
The new year on Blu-ray, well, we’re not going to say it’s starting out with a bang.
There are a handful of new releases this week, most notably a couple of critically favored television series—Battlestar Galactica (Season 1) and Chuck (Season 2).
Battlestar may be the pick of the litter for those of you who missed it the first time around, or look to the Blu-ray (or DVD) format to dig into or play catch-up on TV series that you don’t have time to watch during the week. And it’s been lauded for its social and political commentary as much as the sci-fi angle, which should look mighty fine in high-definition to go with the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
As far as the movies go, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ought to make for a good family movie night, and will look great if you’re a theater buff with a constant image height setup—viewing in CinemaScope 2.35:1 aspect ratio for all that wonderful animation.
Another hidden gem you may have missed is the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys from 2001. The doc takes a look at the skateboarding world of Southern California and how it changed throughout the years.
Here’s the complete list of releases for this week, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
10 Things I Hate About You
50 Dead Men Walking
Battlestar Galactica: Season 1
Cheaper By the Dozen 2
Chuck: The Complete Second Season
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
D. Gray-man: Season 1, Part 1
Dogtown and Z-Boys
End of Days
The Final Destination
The Green Berets
The Last Salt Caravan
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.