Top 10 Blu-ray Releases for June 1
Non-3D Alice in Wonderland, War of the Worlds and a whole lotta Clint Eastwood are on tap in high-definition Blu-ray this week.
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June 01, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

We already had our fun spoiled with the news that Alice in Wonderland would not be coming to Blu-ray in 3D just yet, but as a visual feast it may still be pretty interesting to check out in the high-def format that hits stores today.

(Click here to view a slideshow of our Top 10 Blu-rays for the Week.)

The latest weird Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration features Burton’s typically stunning video effects and color palette, which may have been the best part of his take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For those of you who have a more traditional 16:9 screen setup and are looking for a movie to fill it without the black bars on top and bottom, Burton filmed Alice in such aspect ratio to fill your screen. The soundtrack is in DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1, giving you an extra channel of surround effects.

Another re-telling of a classic novel comes this week with Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. It’s a bit more action-packed to rock your theater, and also is presented in standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Spielberg may be fizzling a little of late, but the special effects in this one prove he still knows how to deliver a blockbuster, even if it’s Tom Cruise and not Harrison Ford in a starring role.

For Clint Eastwood fans, this week’s other big releases are all about the famed actor/director, who turned 80 on May 31. Roles like Space Cowboys, Heartbreak Ridge and Absolute Power make their way onto Blu-ray, plus big collections for his acting performances and separate box set for some of his directorial masterpieces, such as Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, are offered. So what’s it gonna be, punk?

Here’s the full schedule of releases for this week (slideshow synopses and schedule courtesy of
50 First Dates/Click combo pack
Absolute Power
Air Force One/In the Line of Fire
Alice in Wonderland
Bad Boys
Band of Brothers, with Pacific Sampler
Class of Nuke ‘em High
Clint Eastwood Collection (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Kelly’s Heroes, Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven, Where Eagles Dare)
Crossing Over
Dark Nature
Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes
The Enforcer/Sudden Impact
Essential Eastwood: Director’s Collection (Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven)
The Fifth Element/Gattaca
First Knight/A Knight’s Tale
The Gauntlet
Hawaii: An Island Symphony
Heartbreak Ridge
I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Kelly’s Heroes/Where Eagles Dare
Kung Fu Hustle/The One
The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More/The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
Pale Rider
The Red Baron
Revolver/Run Lola Run
The Rookie
Saints Road to XLIV
Someone’s Knocking at the Door
Space Cowboys
The Stranger (2010 version)
Undisputed III: Redemption
War of the Worlds
Wild Things: Foursome
The Woflman

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Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for and Electronic House magazine.

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