December 15, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
This week’s batch of Blu-ray releases offer quality over quantity. Unlike some weeks, there aren’t a big slew of choices. But there are several solid picks to make for some worthwhile viewing.
It’s always noteworthy when Quentin Tarantino makes a film, and while ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is certainly no ‘Pulp Fiction’ it does have its share of entertaining moments and the usual eyebrow-raising storytelling that the director has become known for. Plus Brad Pitt offers up another quality performance, as does Christoph Waltz as the movie’s main villain.
Coming off the heels of Tarantino’s success in the mid-90s, Paul Thomas Anderson began delivering equally entertaining epics. His breakthrough film ‘Boogie Nights’ hits Blu-ray this week, with its fast-paced look at the porn industry of the 70s and 80s. Should be a winner for your sound system, too, with a classic 70s soundtrack setting the tone for the movie.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, or a lot lighter, check out ‘The Hangover,’ which could make a strong case as funniest movie of the year. And if that’s not enough humor for you, there’s an enormous Mel Brooks Collection due out this week that ought to keep you laughing for days featuring nine movies.
Click here to view a slideshow of our picks for this week’s top 10 releases.
Here is the full release schedule for the week, courtesy of Blu-ray.com (movie synopses and information also courtesy of their website):
2009 World Series Champions: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees
Basilisk: The Complete Series
Beyonce: I Am ... Yours
HD Moods: Blu Ocean
The Mel Brooks Collection (Blazing Saddles / High Anxiety / History of the World Part 1 / Robin Hood: Men with Tights / Silent Movie / Spaceballs / To Be or Not to Be / Twelve Chairs / Young Frankenstein)
The Other Man
Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series
Star Trek: The Original Series Season 3
Star Trek: The Original Series, Three-Season Pack
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.