If you listen very carefully you can hear the sound of hundreds of thousands of wallets screaming for mercy. The biggest studio offering today comes from Paramount who have decided to issues six highly anticipated "make-up" titles for Blu-ray - including the blockbuster hit 'Beowulf' - along with Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert documentary 'Shine a Light'.
But I'm going to start today's post with a personal favorite of mine making its high definition debut: 'Dark City'. From the director of such films as 'The Crow' and 'I, Robot', the style of this film (admittedly borrowed from early sci-fi work such as 'Metropolis' (1927)) inspired a slew of future blockbuster hits, including 'The Matrix'. It was an absolute failure in the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD due, in part, to the praise of Roger Ebert who contributed an audio commentary track for the release (which also appears on the Blu-ray).
Paramount has come through with the release of four Jack Ryan films in high definition. Initially announced as a box set (and released as a box set on HD DVD), Paramount decided to release the titles separately for Blu-ray. While everyone has their favorites, it seems as though 'The Hunt for Red October' is the fan favorite, with 'Clear and Present Danger' coming in as a close second. But those of you who just have to get them all will appreciate the Blu-ray releases of 'Patriot Games' and 'The Sum of All Fears' as well.
Besides the aforementioned Blu-ray release of 'Beowulf' and 'Shine a Light', Paramount also released 'Top Gun' which, for those who are old enough to remember, is a shining example of the over-the-top action films of the 1980's.
And if you happen to be torn between the "cultiness" of 'Dark City' and the 80's appeal of 'Top Gun', may I suggest 'The Lost Boys' (and of course its direct-to-video sequel)?
If for some reason none of those appeal to your taste, have no fear because there are a lot more coming out today that I didn't even mention. A full list of today's releases can be seen here.
I picked up Top Gun today at Best Buy.They wanted to charge me $24.99. I showed them that there website was selling it for $18.99.So they gave it to me for $18.99.And I had a 10 gift certificate on me.So I ended paying $8.99 for it.Yay!! Cant wait to watch it.
I have Lost Boys 1 and 2 order from Amazon and I will be getting them tomorrow. I rented Doomsday as I was not sure I would like it.Well I was wrong as I loved it.Some parts reminded me of Mad Max.Nice to see Sean Pertwee in the movie.He looks and sounds like his dad. Well this weekend I will buy Doomsday.I will also pick up both the Harold and Kumar movies this weekend as well. Very good week for Blu-Ray. Just think this is just the tip of the iceberg as to what will be coming next. I will be so broke this fall.
Definitely a great release day and the most I've bought at one time since early on (when just starting to collect blu-rays). I'm having a hard time deciding which one to watch first but that's a nice problem to have.
I have Amazon prime and I am ordering these titles one at a time, I definitely has to spread this out over a longer period otherwise American Express will have hit man after me. I got Top Gun today from Amazon...I'm excited.
Picked up the non-Affleck Clancy movies today. Tried to find Dark City, but nobody had it.
On the bright side, Clear and Present Danger looks really good from a sample I saw, and so does Hunt for Red October. Patriot games looks so-so (but way better than my old non-anamorphic DVD!)
I happen to love Patriot Games, btw, more than CAPD, contrary to the news post...