Blu-ray Releases of the Week: ‘Big Trouble,’ ‘Sling Blade’ and More
A look at this week's arrivals on Blu-ray include 80s action flick 'Big Trouble in Little China' with Kurt Russell.
August 04, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

For the last few months we’ve been giving you a glimpse of what’s to arrive on Blu-ray format, highlight the entire month. Even though the summer certainly has been less than stellar, we’ve decided to take things week by week.

For today’s August 4 releases, there aren’t a whole lot of gems, especially newer hits. Disney and DreamWorks offer perhaps the most appealing new movies, with Race to Witch Mountain and The Soloist, respectively. Both are in the super-wide 2.39:1 aspect ratio, so ‘scope theater buffs should be pleased, and The Soloist features the always-solid Robert Downey Jr.

Among older titles, the hidden jewel might be John Carpenter’s 1986 offering, Big Trouble in Little China, with Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall. It’s sure to keep you on your toes, and features 2.40:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.

There are also a couple of Oscar-worthy performances in this week’s releases, with My Cousin Vinny and Sling Blade. Marisa Tomei stole the hearts of the Academy voters with her performance in My Cousin Vinny, while Billy Bob Thornton may have peaked with his incredible all-around effort in the production and performance in Sling Blade.

Here’s the full schedule, from

  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • The Soloist
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Obsessed
  • Mutant Chronicles (Director’s Cut)
  • Sling Blade
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Stargate Atlantis: Fans’ Choice
  • The Beast
  • The Waterboy
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  • Jamiroquai: Live at Montreux 2003
  • Labor Pains
  • Puppies & Kittens
  • Four Seasons - Peak Escape

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for and Electronic House magazine.

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