‘Braveheart,’ ‘Gladiator’ Swing onto Blu-ray This Week
A couple of high-octane new classics lead this week's Blu-ray releases as things pick up a bit.
Braveheart and Gladiator highlight this week’s releases.
September 01, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

Summer’s not technically over, but at least we’re past the dog days months of July and August, where the new Blu-ray release pickings got really slim.

September’s roaring in like a lion, to say the least. Home theater buffs’ testosterone levels will be raised quite a bit this week as heavy-hitting Oscar winners Braveheart and Gladiator make their debuts.

The flicks come courtesy of Paramount and the studio’s “Sapphire” effort that it is polishing on its most worthy Blu-ray releases. Look for plenty of extras to go along with these discs, while the movies themselves are sure to be a treat in full 1080p high-def, original 2.39:1 aspect ratio and uncompressed audio formats (TrueHD for Braveheart, DTS-HD Master Audio for Gladiator). And we can check a couple off our list of ‘10 Movies that Belong on Blu-ray’ from last December that’s slowly becoming reality.

A much different take on battle and war also hits Blu-ray this week, as Robert Altman’s classic comedy M*A*S*H makes its debut in the format. The movie that spawned one of the most popular TV series of all-time is just as wickedly funny, albeit for only a couple of hours instead of a decade’s worth of material. It, too, is in native super-wide 2.40:1 aspect ratio, with DTS-HD audio.

If you’re more into the TV thing, you can catch up on a season’s worth of episodes from the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Ninth Season) and Heroes (Third). They’re among the best-looking high-def programming on broadcast networks, and are bound to be sweet in full 1080p.

Here’s the full release schedule for today, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
Cozy Cracklin’ Fireplace
CSI: The Ninth Season
Fire and Ice
The Girl Next Door
Heroes: Season 3
High Crimes
Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden
Over British Columbia
State of Play
Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season
Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas

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

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