It almost feels like taking a week off, This Week in Blu-ray. After several weeks of reviewing a wide swath of titles, we’ve come down to a measly three this week. And it’s not because my Fedex driver let something slip between the seats (that’s happened). It’s simply not a great week for Blu-ray releases. Only three major releases, one of which is very disappointing. As for the others — well, lets just say that it takes different strokes to move the world.
Behold my picks from this week’s batch of Blu. And don’t forget to click those Amazon links and help us pay the rent here at Reject HQ.
I understand that most people don’t love Caddyshack like I do. Then again, most of you probably weren’t raised by a constantly disapproving professional golfer. Caddyshack was just my thing. So if you’re like me and you mark you calendar for monthly violations at the voice of Kenny Loggins, here’s your chance to do it in lovely HD. And like your cousin who just got back from rehab, the movie looks much better than it did before. It’s color is definitely better. That’s what sticks out most strongly about Caddyshack on Blu. The humor is still there, Cindy Morgan’s lovely nude torso is still there, and holy cards still need countin’. But most of all, the movie looks great. And the Blu-ray comes with a special behind the scenes documentary that has not been included in previous DVD releases. A nice touch, if you ask me. The only drawback is that it’s the only nice touch here, as it’s the only special feature (beyond trailers). Consider this recommendation for existing fans only, I suppose.
I’ve not been shy in admitting how much fun I had with this movie. It was a blastie, plain and simple. John Travolta brings wild, manic energy to a character that feels like a natural fit. And director Pierre Morel delivers a version of action just as relentless as taken, but with a wink this time. That said, it probably isn’t a film for everyone. I know it’s not one for Rob Hunter. But if you like your action messy and ridiculous, as I sometimes do, From Paris with Love is worth a look. The good news is that if you dig the movie the Blu-ray will reward you with plenty of extras. And not just Digital Copy. Four full featurettes and some almost useful BD-Live content. It’s always the middling movies that get the best special features. Luckily for most, this film is anything but middling. A little on the dumb side, maybe. 93 blistering minutes of fun? Definitely.
Big disappointment. At least where the Blu-ray release itself is concerned. Like many of the pundits who saw Shutter Island during its theatrical run, I was impressed again by one of Martin Scorsese’s most unique visual efforts, but not so impressed with the way the story unravels at the end. The performances are strong and the movie accomplishes a level of creepy atmosphere that will glue you in for its 137 minute run time. Sadly, the Blu-ray offers two meager featurettes (shared with the DVD release) that don’t give you much beyond the experience of the film. Not even BD-Live or Digital Copy distractions are present. It’s as if Paramount wasn’t even trying to give Marty’s latest a decent send-off.
Also out on Blu-ray this week, but not available for review: