Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blu-ray Bonanza

All of the sudden, I'm feeling overwhelmed and a bit out-of-the-loop with all of the kick-ass Blu-ray releases that are hitting shelves in the next week or so, or already have. I mean, we're talking 10 or so must-buy titles in a 2-3 week span - no joke.

First off, Criterion released Stanley Donen's Charade (a personal favorite) just last week and then Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line yesterday and all the buzz amongst cinephiles and hardware/home video junkies is that it's a knockout. 

Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn in Stanley Donen's Charade, out now on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion
Then you have Warner Home Video's one-two Bogart punch of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre releasing next Tuesday. Hollywood-Elsewhere's Jeff Wells is all raves about the latter and has a favorable review of the former. (Would you expect anything less from WHV?)

John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, out on 10.5 on Blu-ray - the more high-def film noir we can get, the better.
But that's not all - we also have Merian C. Cooper's King Kong, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, William Friedkin's The Exorcist, Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans (!!!) and that's not even counting the killer Nov/Dec schedule from Criterion, David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai and the Alien Anthology. Good thing Christmas is right around the corner.

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