Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (Updated)
Posted October 16, 2013 10:51 PM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of writer Paul Haggis and director/producer/composer Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary Edition, starring Eastwood, Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman. The acclaimed drama won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is being re-released on Blu-ray on February 4, 2014.
Synopsis: "I don't train girls," trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something's different about Maggie Fitzgerald, the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn's gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Clint Eastwood plays Dunn and directs, produces and composes music for this tale of heart, hope and family. Swank plays resilient Maggie, determined not to abandon her one dream. And Freeman is Scrap, gym caretaker and counterpoint to Dunn's crustiness. Grab your dreams and come out swinging.
Update: The 10th Anniversary edition release will feature a new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track (the original 2006 Blu-ray only offered a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track). However, there's no word yet as to whether the disc will offer a remastered video presentation. Bonus content includes:
This is nice and all, but can we get some first time on blu-ray titles, maybe? The Bridges of Madison County, Pink Cadillac, Tightrope, Honkytonk Man, Bronco Billy and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil would all be welcomed.
A restoration? From WB? Don't make me laugh, this is the company built on quadruple dips. Their shameless re-re-re-re-re releases of Kubrick films (Full Metal Jacket in particular), Blade Runner, and Goodfellas defines them as a company that preys on idiots who need to buy a new release, even though there's nothing new to the disc. Until they restore Goodfellas, one of the greatest movies of the last 30 years, and a movie that looks like trash on all their releases, I'm going to call them on their shit.
Unless it's a full re-mastering with lossless audio, I'll keep the current disc (not interested in digibooks). As others have said, it would be more to the point if they released Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil instead of recycling material that's already available.
@JoeGillis: Since I've NEVER lived "in my mom's basement", and I thoroughly enjoy The Big Bang Theory I have a question: Why the hate? I was raised if you don't have anything good to say, don't say it.
Besides this whole discussion being so far off topic it's out past Jupiter!
I think a remaster isn't necessary. It looked pretty great, only a bit rough here and there because of a horrible authoring job. The German Studio Canal BD has a solid transfer and I think it was the same as the US disc but with way better compression. We just need lossless audio, the additional extras missing in the US edition but present in the old German 2 Disc DVD, a much better encode and a nice thick digibook for the definitive release of the film. What rather needs a remaster is Unforgiven, it could look so so much better with a proper 4K or 6K Scan, same goes for Amadeus. And as Million Dollar Baby was finished on a 2K DI with extensive color timing I don't think a 4K Scan is possible as it would mean rescanning the original elements and completely color timing the whole film all over again.
i thought this was a good movie and i enjoyed it. if they give it a remaster with a lossless audio track, i'm there. i still have my copy of it on HD-DVD with DD+ and that's good enough for now. i hope they give it the good treatment as i think a winner of "Best Picture" really deserves some good treatment. here's hoping!
@PeterTHX. That would be none. I forgot the third disc in the DVD Deluxe Edition was just a CD. You're right about that. It was the lackluster PQ and lossy audio that had me holding off on this one. Hopefully the new edition addresses those issues.
I don't own this on blu yet, still have the dvd. If its a good transfer, I will upgrade. This is one of Clint Eastwood's best acting performances. He deserved best actor that year. No question that this film deserved best picture and best director over 'The Aviator' that year.
Really, you want a digibook? That's the determining factor for you buying the movie? How about the movie? I welcome more first time titles appearing on blu-ray, but some titles need a remaster as well.
Escape From Alcatraz, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Paint Your Wagon....ALL OUT OF PRINT ON DVD, NEVER ON BLU RAY!! Let's get these Clint movies re-released, especially the first two, which are two of his more underrated, overlooked films.