October 13, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
What are you in the mood for this week on high-def? Horror? Concert films? Comedy? Holiday movies?
This week’s Blu-ray releases give us a little bit of everything, except for one of myriad complete TV season releases. No TV this week, so we’ll focus on movies.
Since I’m a music nut, I’ll focus on a concert film first—Stop Making Sense, which features footage culled together from the Talking Heads, directed by future Oscar winner Jonathan Demme. The 1983 release has been widely lauded, and for good reason, as it’s a great combination of spectacle and sound. Just watch as the band slowly gets pieced together during the first half dozen songs; the growing impact from song to song is commanding. Plus you get the DTS-HD MA soundtrack for the film and studio mixes, as well as PCM 2.0 if you want.
If music isn’t your thing, but disturbing serial killer movies is, then check out Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. And it gets full director’s cut treatment, so you can watch it the way Oliver wanted you to.
For more of the horror genre, as we get close to Halloween, you’re bound to be on the edge of your seat. You can catch Drag Me to Hell in both the unrated and theatrical versions. There’s also the witchfest of The Craft to get you in the holiday spirit as well this week.
Of course, we’re not far off from the other holiday season that arrives with the snow. But we’ve got Home for Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to get us geared up for that as well. It’s never to early to start stuffing the stocking with Blu-rays.
Here are the Blu-ray releases for this week, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
Drag Me to Hell (Theatrical and Unrated)
Eagles Over London
Home for Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Land of the Lost
Living Landscapes: World’s Most Beautiful Mountains
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut)
Nickelback: Live from Sturgis
Rick Wakeman: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Sacred Mt. Ali and the Forest Railway
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Stop Making Sense
Visions of the Sea
Warren Miller: Children of Winter
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