Seeing as it is the week after Christmas, you might expect a little more out of the Blu-ray release schedule. But as you will will see in This Week in Blu-ray, it is a light week for Blu-ray buyers. It might not be such a bad thing, after all, as you’re probably still recovering from buying all of those Christmas presents. That said, we’re looking at a great year coming up in 2010 and we’ve had a banner year for Blu-ray in 2009 (which you’ll see in my ‘Best Of’ list coming later in the day). So don’t fret, as I’ve got a few picks for you to look at this week and a lot of hope for weeks to come.
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Remember that movie that we all talked about so much before its release? The one with the Oscar-winning screenwriter and the sexy Megan Fox and a potential nude scene? Yeah, it’s still here. And while lackluster reviews and a disappointing box office showing took Jennifer’s Body out of our minds quickly, it is back with a surprisingly solid Blu-ray release. Tons of BD-exclusive extras, including deleted scenes, a gag reel, bonus featurettes, video diaries, a featurette called ‘Megan Fox is Hot’ (no joke) and the hilarious Megan Fox peer pressure PSA that’s been floating around on the web. Had this movie been better (and better received), we’d be talking about this Blu-ray for best of the year. The extras are that good. So if you’re a fan, you should buy it. If not, just give it a rent. It’s worth a night of fun.
Blu-ray exclusives include deleted scenes, a gag reel, bonus featurettes, video diaries, Megan Fox is Hot featurette, Peer Pressure PSA and ‘Life After Film School’ with Diablo Cody.
You did it! Or at least, that is what Paramount Pictures would like you to think. That you, the denizens of the internet, were the reason Paranormal Activity was the surprise hit of the year with their ‘Demand It’ release strategy and their ‘viral’ success. All of that aside, this movie is quite scary. And as many a reviewer prognosticated, much scarier when viewed at home. That makes this Blu-ray an easy choice this week, especially if you’re looking to break yourself out of the Christmas spirit and into a cold sweat. As for features, this Blu-ray is a big disappointment. It has only an alternate ending and Digital Copy. If this movie weren’t such a scary little at-home experience, I’d be recommending an ‘avoid’ for sure.
Blu-ray exclusives include Digital Copy.
Shane Acker’s 9 was yet another highly anticipated movie, only to leave audiences with a disappointed taste. The ending is downright terrible, its as simple as that. However, the movie does look wonderful on Blu-ray and delivers enough action throughout its plodding story to be worth at least one view. Universal, god love ‘em, have also included the U-Control in-movie experience along with a bunch of featurettes that can also be seen on the DVD release. It’s a pretty standard extra selection, with nothing really about which I’d write home. If you missed this movie in theaters, its time to satisfy that curiosity with a rent.
Blu-ray exclusives include U-Control, BD-Live and scene bookmarking.
Ichi: The Movie
I was forced to defer to foreign objectifier Rob Hunter on this one, as I was not familiar with Ichi prior to picking through this week’s list of releases. With such a slim slate, I had to include it somewhere — even though I didn’t have a chance to review it myself. Paraphrasing Rob’s recommendation, I’d say that Ichi is worth a look — some solid swordplay and enough action to keep you interested. Sadly, there are no Blu-ray exclusive features listed for this title, which is fine. Because I’m recommending a rent, either way.
No Blu-ray exclusives listed for this title.
A Perfect Getaway
I’ve said it before, and it remains true. Bad movies equal bad Blu-ray releases. There’s no way to sugar-coat a stinker such as A Perfect Getaway with bonus features and interactive extras. And it seems as if Universal knew this going into the making of this Blu-ray, as they only saw fit to include BD-Live and D-Box compatibility as Blu-ray extras. And the only other special feature of note is an alternate ending. Which, for the record, wouldn’t have helped the movie at all. Poor Steve Zahn, just when we thought he was recovering from the debacle that was Strange Wilderness…
Blu-ray exclusives include BD-Live and D-Box.
The Marine 2
A relaxing five-star holiday turns into an all out battleground for Marine recon sniper Joe Linwood when a group of local rebels seize control of the hotel taking the billionaire owner, and a group of guests, including Joe’s wife, hostage. When will the terrorists learn not to mess with Ted DiBiase Jr. (or any other cross-over WWE or MMA star) and his wife? A mixed, but impressive amount of special features make this a nearly interesting release, but the quality of the film is such that it isn’t even ‘fun bad’, which makes it a quick entry into the ‘avoid’ category. Maybe The Marine 3 will be better.
No Blu-ray exclusive features listed for this title.