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Today on Blu-ray - December 16th

Posted December 16, 2008 05:12 PM by Josh Dreuth

Show all Blu-ray releases this week

Since the days of Laserdisc, the Criterion Collection has dedicated their efforts to collecting the greatest classic and contemporary films from around the world, and make them available to the general public at the highest quality possible. Today, they release their first wave of Blu-ray titles, which represent some of their most popular releases since the collection began.

Over the past few weeks, we have reviewed all four of today's releases - 'Bottle Rocket', 'Chungking Express', 'The Man Who Fell to Earth', and 'The Third Man' - with each of them representing top-notch Blu-ray releases. As staff reviewer Dr. Svet Atanasov noted in his review of 'The Man Who Fell to Earth', "This really is what Blu-ray is all about, and in the hands of competent distributors the format is capable of delivering miracles."

The other big player today is Paramount who drop six catalog titles into the laps of Blu-ray owners. While the big focus was on getting fans some comedy favorites - 'The Heartbreak Kid', 'Hot Rod', 'Old School', and 'Tommy Boy' - they make sure to release a few dramas with 'Coach Carter' and 'Into the Wild'.

Weinstein Company drops both 'Death Proof' and 'Planet Terror' - the two parts of 'Grindhouse' - on Blu-ray today, two titles which many have been waiting a very long time for Blu-ray release, while Universal releases 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Warrior' and 'Mamma Mia' (Holiday Hint: Your girlfriend/wife probably wants this).

And finally, baseball fans will be happy to hear that you can pick up the '2008 World Series Film: Phillies vs. Rays' Blu-ray from Shout Factory.

For a complete listing of all the Blu-ray titles released today, click here.


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News comments (22 comments)



jkwest
  Dec 16, 2008
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What a great catalog release day..

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davidthenikonuser
  Dec 16, 2008
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Death Proof, Planet Terror, and Bottle Rocket hell yes. The others, who knows.
1000thblurayMay12014
  Dec 16, 2008
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The Mummy 3, Tommy boy, and old school for me today! I would pick up the 2008 World Series film, but The New York Yankees weren't apart of it! Blu-ray disc for life!

Brad1963
  Dec 16, 2008
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Mamma Mia, Chunking Express, Into the Wild. Next week Third Man.

Moniker
  Dec 16, 2008
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I picked up both Bottle Rocket and Chungking Express today. Can't wait to see how they look.

Moniker
  Dec 16, 2008
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Yesterday Criterion was doing something with their website, because I caught a couple of other scans of what appeared to be Future Blu-Ray releases in their Coming Soon section. The two I noticed were both Truffaut films: The Last Metro (which I've yet to see) and The 400 Blows, which is one of the greatest films ever made and a first day purchase for me (as if my icon didn't tell the tale). The 400 Blows was listed as being a late March release. They took these both off almost immediately, so I'm not sure what to make of it.

El Norte, which I've also never seen, has recently been removed from their Blu-Ray Coming Soon section as well.

Minimejer05
  Dec 16, 2008
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Another great week. To many films to pick up tho!! Will wait until after the holiday season.

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nathanp
  Dec 16, 2008
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Got Bottle Rocket, Chungking Express, Death Proof, Planet Terror, The Third Man, The Man Who Fell to Earth and Into the Wild. Yikes, what a week!
ToolDown
  Dec 16, 2008
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Tommy Boy and Old School for me!

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nathanp
  Dec 16, 2008
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Hey Moniker, the Last Metro, 400 Blows and El Norte are all back on the Criterion site. Sweet!

nycomet
  Dec 16, 2008
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Tommy Boy was delivered today from Amazon. Oooh, I can't wait to see it!

Chris Farley: Richard, does this shirt make me look fat?

David Spade: No, your face does.

intimidator32
  Dec 16, 2008
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wow i guess im not in the classics crowd because what i see is yawn.

littletrickceo
  Dec 16, 2008
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Did anyone else have trouble finding the Criterion releases in brick and mortar stores? I tried every store in Olympia, Wa. that carried a decent selection of Blu-ray's and not one of the stores carried the Criterion releases. I eventually purchased it on Amazon with next day shipping...what gives?
BluDomain
  Dec 17, 2008
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Trick,
The only B&M Store that I know of that routinely carries Criterion DVD is Barnes & Noble. A little more of an upscaled crowd maybe. I've never seen Criterion anywhere else, but I don't really shop that much.

ground chuck
  Dec 17, 2008
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your my boy blu.
right turn clyde
  Dec 17, 2008
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All well & good, but now I've switched from multi region DVD to BD I can't see any of the Criterion
releases as I'm in a Region B country.

Seretur
  Dec 17, 2008
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I'd also fall under Region B, but I took the trouble to import a Region A player -- and now, with Criterion having to be region-locked, this trouble is paying its dividends.

What a great day for the format. With the Criterions finally available, as well as strong dramas like "Into the Wild", hopefully all the sneering about Blu-ray being a format just for the PS3 gamers will quickly fall by the wayside. I've had a few filmmaker friends come over yesterday, and it was the first time they saw a Blu-ray presentation in a home environment -- needless to say, they were floored. Hopefully 2009 will bring the total public awareness to the format.
JT_Designer
  Dec 17, 2008
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Sounds good. I really liked Into the Wild.

Moniker
  Dec 17, 2008
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Littletrick,

I had trouble finding the Criterion BDs in normal stores. I live in Denton, TX, which is a pretty good-sized town with a Best Buy, Circuit City, Hastings, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. THe only one of those 5 stores I named that carried ANY of these titles was Hastings, but they only had one copy of Bottle Rocket and The Third Man. They told me they were not carrying Chungking unless it was special ordered. I ultimately had to drive to a neighboring town that has a store called Movie Trading Company. They had received 1-2 copies of each Criterion BD release. I bought their only copies of Bottle Rocket and Chungking. Actually, I traded in about $60 worth of older stuff, so I only paid the $4 tax with my own money.

TenEightyP
  Dec 17, 2008
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I got all excited when I saw The Heartbreak Kid, but it is the remake. Oh well.

littletrickceo
  Dec 17, 2008
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Thanks Moniker and BluDomain, we don't have Hastings in Washington and I didn't even think to go to Barnes and Nobles. I have found quite a few Criterion in B&M stores. Surprisingly, Borders carries a huge selection of Criterion release on their shelves, just not the Blu-Ray releases.

I'm the Dude
  Dec 18, 2008
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I am a huge Wes Anderson fan!!! Bottle Rocket being my favorite Wes Anderson film. I hope to see all of his films on blu-ray soon.


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