June 29, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
Wouldn’t we all love to go back in time? Especially to a cool cat era like the 1980s?
John Cusack starred in enough mid-to-late 80s films to be a natural parody of himself in Hot Tub Time Machine, in which hilarity ensues when a group of guys get sucked back into the high-flying decade. This week’s Blu-ray releases are more prominent for all of the great music-based titles, but hey, the 80s had an interesting soundtrack to them as well so it may be worth your time to invest in this comedy. (Click here to view the Top 10 Blu-rays for June 29.)
Moving on to all of that music, there’s quite an assortment this week.
You can revisit a rock legend with the Classic Album series’ Black Sabbath: Paranoid (we’re hoping this will kickstart a trend of transferring this excellent series to Blu-ray).
You can learn more about the stories behind two legendary bands, Rush and The Doors, with the rock docs Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors, respectively.
You can be like a fly on the wall and listen in to a classic band, as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo, shows them off in an intimate performance setting.
And you can rock the house in surround-sound new-age prog with Porcupine Tree: Anesthetize. These guys know how to put together a killer surround-sound mix, and their fans know that very well—Amazon has already sold out of the disc from pre-order.
Plus there’s a slew of classical and opera releases this week if that’s more you’re bag, baby.
Here’s the full slate of new releases (schedule and slideshow synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
Black Sabbath Paranoid: Classic Albums
Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Hot Tub Time Machine
How the Earth Changed History
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller
Porcupine Tree: Anesthetize
Puccini: La Boheme
Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Rattle Conducts Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky & Rachmaninov
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Shakespeare: As You Like It
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo
A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets
TrondheimSolistene: in Folk Style
The White Ribbon
When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors
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