In this edition of This Week in Blu-ray, it’s another round of slim pickings as I continue to save you money at your local retailer. Usually, I’m about as buy-happy as they come — often recommending a Blu-ray release purely on the grounds that its a good looking movie, or that its one of those must have collector’s titles, despite its special feature selection. But this week, as it was last week, there just isn’t much to choose from. Sure, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is dropping and I’m sure some of you will buy it, but I didn’t get a chance to look at it in advance, so I’m going with the minuscule amount of information that I have. And that just isn’t good enough to save it from the ‘rent’ pile, where it resides with a few other titles. So come with me this week, friends, and save some of that hard earned cash as we don’t buy many of this week’s releases.
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Pitch: Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper ride off into the sunset…
Why Buy? If you’re going to start a collection of movies, I would urge you to consider picking up Easy Rider as part of your first 200 or so choices. And with it hitting Blu-ray in such vivid fashion this week, you can’t go wrong. In addition to the film (which has never looked better), you also get a 32-page booklet and a feature commentary track by Dennis Hopper. There is also additional trivia via the Movie IQ feature, but that only works with BD-Live. Not incredible, but when combined with such a great film, it makes for a release worth buying.
Blu-ray Exclusives? 32-Page Booklet, Movie IQ via BD-Live
Pitch: Michael Bay returns to the Transformers universe to blow up more stuff…
Why Rent? My world was nearly crushed when I found out that I would not be receiving a copy of Revenge of the Fallen on Blu-ray for review. Of all the movies of the summer that I have loved, this was certainly one of them. And to see it come to life in glorious high definition, with a great assortment of special features (as far as I can tell), would make my month. But it just wasn’t meant to be. Thanks, Paramount. Luckily for you, you’re not me. And many of you didn’t like ROTF as much as I did. If you’re that kind of person, then I you’ll stay away for sure. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would recommend a rent rather than a buy. It’s worth seeing, but there’s only a 50/50 chance that you’ll love the movie and want to own it. I know that’s the obvious stat, as you’ll either buy or not buy, but trust me: this one’s a toss-up. For those who also loved the movie, you know what to do.
Blu-ray Exclusives? The ALLSPARK Experiment, Giant Effing Movie, The Matrix of Marketing Featurettes, NEST: Transformer Data-Hub
Pitch: Ass-kicking schoolgirls, demonic vampires, bloody swords and CGI BLOOD! YES!
Why Rent? If you’ve been with us a while and read every day (which you should), then you know that we’ve been tracking Blood for some time now. There are few FSR contributors who can resist the appeal of a demon-slaying, schoolgirl outfit wearing hottie with some badass martial arts skills. So yeah, we’ve covered it. And now that it’s finally here, I will say with certainty that it isn’t as good as advertised. There’s some fun violence, some wicked kills and the usual awful dialog, but the film ultimately loses its audience with terrible CGI work and a story that lingers far too long. As well, the Blu-ray release is a barren wasteland of special features. A storyboard gallery is the lone BD-exclusive feature on a disc that will leave you thirsty for.. something else.
Blu-ray Exclusives? Storyboard Gallery, BD-Live.
Pitch: Kevin Costner in the epic movie that just won’t go away.
Why Avoid? Waterworld may go down in history as one of the worst movies ever. At least, that’s what you’re meant to think. In reality, it isn’t as bad as some would have you believe. Sure, it’s an extravagant sci-fi flick with tons of silly moments and some piss-poor acting from otherwise serious folks, but at worst it was an ambitious misfire. And even though it is one of the most infamous misfires of all-time, it still deserves a better Blu-ray release than the one hitting stores this week. Summing up its special feature selection is easy: BD-Live, and that’s it. Oh, and it has D-Box compatibility, if you’re one of the 9 people who has that at home. Someone should really call Universal and tell them that just putting a movie on a Blu-ray disc and sticking it in a box isn’t good enough anymore…
Blu-ray Exclusives: BD-Live, D-Box compatibility.
Also Out This Week (but not reviewed):
What are you buying on Blu-ray this week?