August 03, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
A little while back when we picked out 20 Best Sports Movies on Blu-ray, there was a glaring omission that we noted, because it wasn’t scheduled to arrive on Blu-ray until August 3. Well, it’s August 3 today, and now we can breathe a little easier knowing that one of the funniest movies of all-time—sports or non-sports—is out in high-def: Bull Durham.
Before Costner got carried away with doing a combination of sports movies and underwhelming epic films, he starred in Bull Durham. It was perfect for him, Susan Sarandon and pre-big star Tim Robbins. You’d be hard-pressed to find a wittier movie script, and with the transfer to Blu-ray should be as fresh today as it was when it was released in 1988. (Click here to view our Top 10 Blu-ray Releases for August 3.)
Another iconic movie of the 80s, The Breakfast Club, also gets the high-definition treatment this week in its 25th anniversary year. It may look a little dated at this point, but at least you get to hear Simple Minds in uncompressed audio on the soundtrack.
Speaking of music on Blu-ray, Elvis fans will be delighted at this week’s releases. There’s an Elvis Presley collection, featuring Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, and Elvis on Tour in one package. Plus Elvis on Tour gets its individual release this week, for fans of the early 70s version of the King on tour.
More 70s icons, only this time updated for the big screen, make their way onto Blu-ray with Charlie’s Angels. The trio of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu is certainly easy on the eyes, especially in full 1080p resolution.
Here’s the full release schedule (list and slideshow synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
Blood Done Sign My Name
The Breakfast Club
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Elvis Blu-ray Collection (Jailhouse Rock / Viva Las Vegas / Elvis on Tour)
Elvis on Tour
Escape from New York
Fargo (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
The Ghost Writer
HD Moods Rebel
HD Moods Rise
Heroes: Season 4
Humanoids from the Deep
James and the Giant Peach
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Road to Perdition
To Save a Life
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes (Classic Albums series)
Wild Asia: A Forest for All Seasons
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (Director’s Cut | 40th Anniversary Edition)
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