July 07, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
Maybe it’s because this is a big vacation week in conjunction with July 4, but there aren’t a whole lot of choices if you’re hoping to add to your Blu-ray collection this week. Maybe the studios need to check the Farmer’s Almanac before scheduling releases—it’s so hot this week that sitting in a nice air-conditioned home theater would be a perfect way to kill a few hours and not melt.
We do get another Blu-ray release that speaks to how important this format can be to saving the classic pieces of cinema. This week’s truly old-time transfer is Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. It’s amazing to think that a film from 1928 can have new life breathed into it, but having it on Blu-ray is a good excuse to let different generations enjoy this remastered original as well as extra goodies.
It’s bound to fit in great in some of the charming and palatial home theaters we’ve seen that hark back to the so-called golden era of film.
If it’s more modern film you’re after, you could give last year’s cop drama Brooklyn’s Finest a viewing. Seems worth it for the cast alone—Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes, Ethan Hawke—that’s a solid ensemble, and you usually can’t go too far wrong with police action movies, even if they’re not all Dirty Harry.
Here’s the complete schedule for this week, including some doublepacks, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
Dr. Giggles / Otis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Jason and the Argonauts
Larry the Cable Guy: Git-R-Done
The Last Boy Scout / Last Man Standing
Love and Other Disasters
Practical Magic / The Witches of Eastwick
Sci-Fi Movie Collection Box Set (2012: Doomsday / 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea / Countdown: Armageddon / The Day the Earth Stopped / Dragonquest / Haunting of Winchester House / I Am Omega / Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus / Merlin & the War of the Dragons)
A Single Man
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Steve Byrne: The Byrne Identity
WWE: Wrestlemania XXVI
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