November 17, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
Remakes or “updated versions” of original classics can be very hit or miss, even with top directors on board (I’m looking at you, Gus Van Sant and Psycho). There have been so many versions of Star Trek to come and go, it seemed like we really didn’t need another one.
Turns out, maybe we did. This summer’s version of Star Trek arrives on Blu-ray today, and it’s been very well-received, with the distinct possibility that it’ll be all over the demo scene at tradeshows like CES and CEDIA. Perhaps the infusion of young talent like Lost’s J.J. Abrams was a major factor, but this remake delivers the goods, and now you’ll be able to have your own demos of it on Blu-ray, with full 2.39:1 super widescreen and rocking Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.
As long as you’re in a testosterone-fueled movie mood, you can also check out Fight Club, which makes the format debut this week as well. The Brad Pitt/Edward Norton flick was pretty much an instant classic. You also get it in the native 2.39:1 aspect ratio, with the other uncompressed high-res audio format of DTS-HD Master Audio providing the soundtrack.
If you’re in a bit of a lighter mood, there’s a Kevin Smith box set out this week, as well as the individual release of Clerks (in time for its 15th anniversary). So in case you’ve forgotten some of those classic lines you memorized back in the mid-90s, here’s a good excuse to learn them all over again.
It’s also a good week for cable TV releases, sure to keep you glued to your set for hours on end. HBO gives us the complete series of Rome, while Sundance Channel offers the first season of Elvis Costello’s Spectacle—must viewing for any music fan (I know I really enjoyed the episodes with The Police and Elton John).
Here is this week’s full release schedule, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 2 3 4 5
Best of Travel: Australia & New Zealand
Billy Idol: In Super Overdrive Live
Carlos Santana Presents Blues at Montreux
Darwin’s Darkest Hour
Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at Montreux
Elvis Costello: Spectacle Season 1
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
Gone with the Wind: 70th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel
Is Anybody There?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas
Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen
Kevin Smith Box Set
Leon: The Professional
Lords of the Street
Mahler: 3rd Symphony Claudio Abbado Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Marilyn Manson: Guns, God and Government - Live in L.A.
My Sister’s Keeper
Nature: Amazing Places Africa
Nature: Amazing Places Hawaii
The Open Road
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas
Rome: The Complete Series
Scenic Walks Around the World: Our Dramatic Planet
Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Tsubasa: Season 1
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.