November 07, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
Some legendary figures make their way onto Blu-ray this week. Frank, Eric (aka god), Sherlock ...
The current generation knows Ocean’s Eleven as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and company ... but before this decade’s A-list cast of charming robbers there was the Rat Pack. This week marks the 50th anniversary release of the original Ocean’s Eleven, featuring Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, with Angie Dickinson as the sizzling female lead. Now that’s a cast for the ages, so if you happened to enjoy the remake, check out the original.
Speaking of one for the ages, Eric Clapton is one of the most enduring guitar heroes of all time. Lately he’s become quite the festival host, too, as his Crossroads Guitar Festivals have become favorites on DVD with the vast array of performers it attracts, and of course, Clapton himself sharing in the shredding. This year’s festival was no different, and you can crank it up this week on Blu-ray.
Another legend, this time more of the literary kind, but BBC worked on a remake of its own this year - Sherlock. Yes, the master investigator is back as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson team up to solve mysteries in this engaging television series that’ll provide a refreshing change of pace from the CSI and Law & Order franchises.
Less of a legend but more of a Mr. Popularity, Adam Sandler can be found in a trio of Blu-ray releases this week if you’re looking for laughs. He re-teams with old Saturday Night Live pals David Spade, Rob Schneider and Chris Rock in Grown Ups, and takes the starring role in a couple of Best Buy exclusive releases, Mr. Deeds and Big Daddy.
Click here to view our Top 10 Blu-ray Releases for This Week. Here’s the full release schedule (slideshow synopses and schedule courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
Charlie St. Cloud
The Chosen One
A Christmas Carol (1984)
Cuba: The Accidental Eden
DC Showcase: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
Depeche Mode: Tour of the Universe - Live in Barcelona
Dr. Who: The Complete Fifth Series
The Dry Land
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
Hunt to Kill
Metalocalypse: Season III - The Dead Man
Night at the Museum Collection (Night At The Museum / Night At The Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian)
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
Ramona and Beezus
Rock & Rule
Scooby-Doo / Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Sherlock: Season One
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes
The Two Escobars
Xam’d Collection 2
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.