May 18, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, direction by Clint Eastwood ... where do I sign up? Last year’s release, Invictus, may not have garnered as much attention as, say, Unforgiven or Mystic River, but it has all the pieces to a typically dramatic Eastwood flick.
The story of Nelson Mandela’s role (wasn’t Freeman pretty much born to play him?) with the South African rugby team, led by Damon, highlights this week’s relatively thin crop of new Blu-ray discs. It comes in its native 2.39:1 superwide aspect ratio, with a lossless DTS surround soundtrack so you’re fully immersed in the crowd during the team’s 1995 World Cup run.
A couple of Hollywood leading man legends also make their way onto new Blu-ray releases this week, one being a recent film and the other from the early 90s. Harrison Ford lights up the screen as usual with his vibrant role opposite Brendan Fraser in Extraordinary Measures, detailing the story of a father and medical researcher’s race to find the cure for his two children’s rare disease. In contrast, Al Pacino stepped back into his bad guy role for 1993’s Carlito’s Way, which is presented in 2.39:1 ratio with a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.
If you’re looking for some lighter fare, there’s always the great Jackie Chan and his usual shenanigans for your family to enjoy with The Spy Next Door. Not sure how the action compares to most of Chan’s work, but there’s bound to be some good stuff for visuals and the DTS surround track.
Here’s the full rundown of this week’s releases, including some combo packs of previous releases, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
2012: Doomsday/Countdown: Armageddon
American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James
Best of Europe: Beautiful Germany
Best of Europe: Beautiful Greece
Best of Europe: Beautiful Italy
Black Sheep/Tommy Boy
Coming to America/Trading Places
The Day the Earth Stopped
Defiance/Enemy at the Gates
Delirious?: Farewell Show, Live in London
Dragon Ball Z Kai: Season One, Part One
Dragonquest/Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Four Brothers/The Warriors
K.O.D. Tour Live in Kansas City
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus/30,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
The New Daughter
The Spy Next Door
Tropic Thunder/We Were Soldiers
War of the Worlds 2: Next Wave
War of the Worlds 2: Next Wave/The Day the Earth Stopped
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