In this edition of This Week in Blu-ray, it is slim pickings all around. From horror comedy with lazily constructed special feature selections to mediocre comedies that just won’t go away. And it comes at the perfect time, as I believe I may have cleaned out the savings accounts of many readers with last week’s buy-a-thon. Looks like we can all add a few dollars to the piggy bank this week in hopeful anticipation of Blu-ray releases to come. This week, for the first time in the history of this fair column, we’re going to skip the ‘Buy’ and go right to the ‘Rent’…
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Pitch: Sam Raimi brings his sense of horrific comedy (or comedic horror) to high definition.
Why Rent? Despite what my beloved colleague Rob Hunter might tell you, Sam Raimi’s film is good. It has a wonderful sound design and score that heighten the jump scares in this decidedly more funny than scary film. There are some scares, plenty of laughs and a very awesome ending. Unfortunately for us, dear friends of the high-resolution faith, this hard-banging, skin-crawling laugh-a-thon falls deep into the crevices of hell on Blu-ray. Blu-ray exclusives: How do you feel about Digital Copy? BD-Live with no foreseeable extras? There is a series of production diaries which are interesting, but those can be found on the DVD. The only saving grace for this release is that the film looks great and sounds great on Blu-ray. So go rent it, turn down the lights and scare yourself/laugh ’til you pee yourself. Or any combination of the two.
Blu-ray Exclusives? BD-Live and Digital Copy. Ooooh…
Pitch: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and hottie Anna Friel reboot a classic and travel through space and time.
Why Rent? Mediocre movies deserve mediocre recommendations. And this is probably the most mediocre movie we’re going to see in the whole of October. Sure, Will Ferrell gets some laughs in a stock role. And Anna Friel lends some charm. And Danny McBride is painfully inappropriate and very out of place in such a family-friendly movie. But hey, even he gets some laughs. But even with all of that, the film still manages to be completely average and mostly forgettable. If you’re a fan of the film already, this might be a buy, as it has some cool special features lined up. For everyone else, it’s a rent at best.
Blu-ray Exclusives? D-Box functionality, BD-Live and My Scenes bookmarking.
Pitch: Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny take on Canada in high definition.
Why Avoid? Normally I would be first in line to recommend something like South Park to our millions of readers with the same low-brow sensibilities as myself. However, I was quickly turned off by this release for a few specific reasons. (1) The only special features are a commentary track with Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the “What Would Brian Boytano Do?” music video. (2) The only special features are a commentary track with Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the “What Would Brian Boytano Do?” music video. Le sigh. On the bright side, the “Blame Canada” montage sounds really great in the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound mix.
Blu-ray Exclusives: Feature commentary.
Pitch: Ryan Reynolds makes questionable career decisions, and you get to watch it all in high definition.
Why Avoid? A very large quote from notable whore Pete Hammond sprawls across the front cover of this release: “The Year’s Best Comedy.” Our own Kevin Carr called it “a good romantic comedy.” If you need any more reasons beyond those two as to why you should put this in the ‘rent’ pile (at best), I don’t know how to help you anymore. If it wasn’t for Ryan Reynolds, I don’t think I would have any interest in watching this movie on TBS during “watch movies that chicks like” month. On Blu-ray, you will also get one additional deleted scene. There are a few shared special features, including an alternate ending and several other deleted scenes, but even that won’t help.
Blu-ray Exclusives: One (1) additional deleted scene.
Also Out This Week (but not reviewed):
- American Violet
- The Craft
- Fox Searchlight Collection: Vol. 1
- Kong: Return to the Jungle
- Natural Born Killers: Director’s Cut
- Satanic Panic
- Stop Making Sense: 25th Anniversary
What are you buying on Blu-ray this week?