This week could bring the release of this upcoming weekend’s big Oscar winner. Yes, Argo is hitting Blu-ray this week along with Game of Thrones and number of other pretty cool releases. Check it out…
- Anna Karenina: Every year has a number of “Oscar films that weren’t” and this year one of the biggest was Anna Karenina. Keira Knightley stars as the titular character, and though this adaptation had its fans, it just didn’t click.
- Argo: In less than a week, this may be crowned the best picture of 2012, which could conceivably work against a solid thriller that works on all the levels it should, but isn’t so perfect that it carries the weight of greatness without showing how perfectly good it is. Ben Affleck stars and directs this story of a CIA agent who plots a terrible Hollywood movie to get hostages out of Iran.
- Atlas Shrugged: Part II: So this happened.
- Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season: This week’s TV releases include the spin-off BG show, and one of the big event shows going these days.
- Fun Size: Remember this film? It came out in October and died a quick death. Us neither.
- Sinister: One of the smaller but successful horror films of last year, this played with the found footage concept without actually being a found footage film. Ethan Hawke stars as a writer who gets mixed up with a supernatural killer.
- Best in Show, Easter Parade: Warner Brothers is putting out a classic Fred Astaire/Judy Garland musical, and one of Christopher Guest’s pretty funny movies. No idea why Best in Show is hitting before Waiting for Guffman, but we’ll take it.
- Highlander 2: Renegade Version, Irreconcilable Differences, The Monster Squad, Night of the Demons 2, The Running Man: Olive films is functioning as a great catch all release company and this week’s offerings suggests that they know genre fans like Blu-ray.
- The Insider, Monsters, Inc: Monsters is returning to Blu-ray because of the 3D reissue, but The Insider is the one to grab as the Michael Mann film could be his career best, and possibly most underrated.
- The Nest, Prison: Scream Factory is doing a great job of making special editions for films that were barely released on DVD. These two 80’s horror movies are both interesting more than great, but it’s awesome that they’re getting the TLC treatment.
- On the Waterfront: Elia Kazan’s classic film about a man who could have been a contender is being released in three different versions, One full frame, one 1.66, and also 1.78:1. This is insane, but also, this is Criterion (and this is Sparta. Sorry.)
- The Terminator (Remastered): The Remastered part is what’s important as The Terminator was one of the first films to hit the Blu-ray format, and now it’s been actually given a much better transfer. The first years of the format were rough, and studios have come to see that consumers don’t care for too much DNR scrubbing. They’ve finally got it figured out, and we can’t wait to see how good this looks.
- Top Gun – 3D: Fresh from its theatrical re-release, this disc offers the home video 3D version, and all the previous material. Also, it’s kind of a bad film. Sorry.
What are you picking up this week?