October 26, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
So which type of sci-fi guy are you—do you prefer a more comedic edge to your viewing, or do you go for the gritty, potentially gory action?
This week’s biggest Blu-ray picks have you covered on both angles. And we’re sure dedicated home theater owners will be more than happy to add either or both to their collections—the Back to the Future trilogy (this year also marks the 25th anniversary of the original) and Alien anthology arrive.
Let’s start with Alien—you’ll get the original 1979 Ridley Scott classic, the James Cameron Aliens sequel from 1986, Alien3 (or cubed) from 1992 and Alien: Resurrection from 1997 with the anthology that just keeps on giving. Depending on the flick, you’ll get 2.39:1 CinemaScope or 1.85:1 aspect ratio to view, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround-sound tracks that should get the blood pumping. Just don’t scream. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Back to the Future was released and subsequently snubbed by the stodgy Oscar crowd. But here comes the original and its two sequels on Blu-ray, with the original apparently ready to serve up some reference-quality video and audio. There’s certainly a compelling soundtrack to go with the images, and regular 16:9 screen viewers can appreciate the 1.85:1 aspect ratio that’ll fill their large screens.
If it’s more of a chick flick you or your spouse may be looking for this week, another Blu-ray sequel arrives this week to solve that problem: Sex and the City 2. Follow the fabulous foursome through more sexcapades as they try to add some spice to their ho-hum lives.
For something completely different this week, check out Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece Paths of Glory. The 1957 black and white film, which stars Kirk Douglas, is perhaps overlooked as a war movie, especially considering Kubrick earned maybe greater acclaim from another little war movie he would make 30 years later, Full Metal Jacket. Criterion delivers the transfer of Paths of Glory, which ought to look outstanding in high-def.
Here’s the full slate of new Blu-rays for this week, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
2012: Doomsday / Countdown: Armageddon / Mega Fault
30,000 Leagues Under Sea / Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus / Mega Piranha
Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy
A Blood Pledge
Canaan: The Complete Collection
Dawn of the Oceans
Earth and Space
Echoes of the Rainbow
The Girl Who Played with Fire
How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season 1
Legend of the Black Scorpion
Los Angeles Lakers: 2010 NBA Finals Series
Mahler; Prokoviev: Lucerne Festival
Martin Scorsese Collection (The Departed / Goodfellas / The Aviator)
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K.581 / Horn Quintet, K.407 / String Quartet, K.169 3D
Oliver Stone Collection (Natural Born Killers / Any Given Sunday / Alexander Revisited)
Opera, Ballet and Theatre: The Blu-ray Experience II
Paths of Glory
Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express
Salvage / Mortuary / Salem Witch Trials
Santa Claus: The Movie
Sex and the City 2
Slings and Arrows: The Complete Collection
South of the Border
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Complete Season Two
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Waldbühne 2010: An Evening with Renée Fleming
World War II: 360
Zemlinsky: The Dwarf / Ullmann: The Broken Jug
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.