July 30, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Well now we know Blu-ray is doing its best to imitate the standard DVD market. Still making inroads with the mainstream crowd, we’ve seen loads of Blu-ray deals to get prices closer to standard DVD. And you can now add multiple releases—just in case you weren’t happy the first time around and need all the extras your eyes can take on a collector’s edition.
Sony Pictures plans to release “Casino Royale: Collector’s Edition” as a two-disc set in October, according to High-Def Digest. Yep, only about a year and a half after the original Blu-ray came out last March.
I can’t wait for the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th anniversary editions! As much as I love all of the different versions of “The Matrix,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Lord of the Rings” and other DVDs that have gotten the multiple release treatment, I’m just not sure they’re all necessary. Especially a pricey new Blu-ray so soon, which is the first re-release I know of (excepting the catch-up releases of movies that had been HD DVD-only originals, if you want to count those).
But obviously plenty of people snatch up the multiple DVD editions—lots of collectors out there for the “collector’s edition” discs. Then again, I’ve never been much of a DVD extras watcher, and that’s where these sets shine, including the new “Casino Royale,” which will include more commentaries and documentaries. There’s also a new Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track, which certainly adds some luster, plus you’ll get a ticket to the upcoming Bond flick “Quantum of Solace,” which I suppose is like a $12 rebate these days.
As for the original “Casino Royale” Blu-ray release, I’ve already seen it used many times as reference material at electronics tradeshows for its tremendous audio and video, and would suggest it as a definite pick-up anyway for those of you who don’t own it. Only question now is, do you want to wait until October?
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