March 16, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
What video content looks best in Blu-ray format? It’s tough to go wrong with stunning nature video. Usually broadcast TV shows are very clean. I’d still say it’s very difficult to outdo animation - look no further than Pixar, especially.
Unfortunately there aren’t any new Pixar releases this week, but there are some animated efforts that ought to sparkle on your combination of big screen and Blu-ray to highlight this week’s releases (click here to view a slideshow of our top 10 picks).
I’m partial to Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, which not only has the typical solid colors and sharp details, but also has a wonderful New Orleans style jazz soundtrack to get you and your kids dancing.
Astro Boy is another of this week’s releases that should look dazzling, and even has the wider 2.39:1 original aspect ratio, along with voice talents like Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage. And if you still want to watch some animation once the kids are in bed, the 13th season of South Park features its long-standing very basic animation to accompany the mature jokes and plots.
Fast-paced action movies are also en vogue this week, with the likes of Armored and Ninja Assassin sure to pump your theater full of testosterone.
And if that’s not enough to get it rockin’, well you can pop in the latest concert video from The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights - that follows Jack and Meg on their 2007 tour stops in Canada.
Here are all the releases for this week (slideshow synopses and schedule courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season
Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Clash of the Gods: Complete Season 1
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino
Gunslinger Girl: Season One
The Princess and the Frog
South Park: The Complete 13th Season
SuicideGirls: Guide to Living
The White Stripes: Under the Great White Northern Lights
The Wizard of Oz (single disc edition)
Yanni Live! The Concert Event
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.