October 20, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
You’ve probably seen Optimus Prime on TV commercials this week, imploring you to catch him in full high-definition. Yes, the mega blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen arrives on Blu-ray this week to rock your home theater world.
It definitely headlines an otherwise pedestrian release week, with the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and scope 2.39:1 aspect ratio sure to look and sound sweet on your big home theater screen. There’s even an IMAX edition release, which is a Walmart exclusive.
Of course, we’re going for action here and not Oscar-winning plots. Transformers was pretty widely panned, which brings us to another of this week’s Blu-ray releases along those lines ... Kevin Costner’s ultra-expensive and underwhelming Waterworld! It also includes DTS-HD MA, and original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Is it worth another viewing after 14 years since its much-anticipated theatrical release? Maybe ... as a rental.
If you’re looking for more of a classic to try out on Blu-ray, look for Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider and get a dose of the late 60s counterculture as well as early Jack Nicholson in a breakout role.
Music fans may have fun with this week’s wide-ranging releases, with performances from Eminem to Toto to Leonard Cohen to the unlikely pair of Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis ... playing the music of Ray Charles. Sounds groovy.
Here are all of this week’s Blu-ray releases, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:
Blood: The Last Vampire
Eminem: Live from New York City
Escaflowne: The Movie
Iron Man: Armed Adventures Vol. 1
Leonard Cohen: Live from the Isle of Wight 1970
Love N’ Dancing
The Secret of the Nutcracker
Toto: Falling in Between Live
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (IMAX edition, Walmart exclusive)
UFC 100: Making History
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Play Ray Charles
Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
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