Before we start, I'd like to apologize for not posting my usual weekly post last week. External events consumed my available time last Tuesday, and with no time to write a proper post, I elected to skip it altogether. But we're back this week with a couple of huge hits, including the Oscar-award winning film 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.
When film fans first learned that actor Brad Pitt and director David Fincher were teaming up to bring F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story to life, there was immediate excitement. The two had previously seen success with films like 'Se7en' and 'Fight Club', so it was no surprise when 'The Curios Case of Benjamin Button' was released to critical acclaim and immediate talks of Oscar wins.
Every person begins their life as a helpless infant and grows older with the passing years, with the exception of one man - Benjamin Button. Unlike a normal person, Benjamin was born as an old man, and every passing year made him one year younger. While the premise lacks complexity, the execution is superb, making for a very memorable story about one man and his curious case.
When Criterion announced that they would be preparing the home video release, Blu-ray fans quickly recognized that it would be top tier material. As Staff Reviewer Martin Liebman notes in his review, "the disc [is] easily one of the best overall packages on the market, taking into account the strength of the film, the reference-grade technical presentation, and the inclusion of plenty of worthwhile bonus features."
The teen vampire drama 'Twilight' receives wide release today on Blu-ray. It has been available at select retailers for sometime, but in case you haven't picked up your copy yet (or addicted to Internet shopping like yours truly) , you'll be glad to know that it can now be found everywhere. Of course, those of you who are Twilight super fans were probably waiting for the 'Twilight Ultimate Collector's Set', which is available exclusively at Amazon.com.
There are numerous classic catalog titles being released today, but I have to make a special mention of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A film that goes beyond comedy to show two friends who seem to learn more in one day of skipping school than the previous years attending it. While an obvious film of the 80's, its story remains relevant, even to today's Internet-addicted youth.
For a complete listing of all the Blu-ray titles released today, click here.
Button's a must for me-excellent film for my tastes. Twilight was a Spanish Steelbook buy for me. And as the hopeless romantic I am, I was also roped in to a few other editions-sadly mostly for the packaging, LOL.
so are there 2 versions of button, one standard and one criterion?
because i remember hearing that the version that came out today is your regular studio 2 disc SE and that the criterion would follow later...but that write-up makes it sound like theres only one release and its the criterion one
Wdm81, there is only one release on Blu-ray for Benjamin Button & it is the 2-disc Criterion set being released today. The set was created by Criterion (extras & all), but is distributed to stores by Paramount. I doubt there will ever be another special edition. This disc will be mine today!
I just purchased the Benjamin Button 2-disk set at Costco. I went to play it and it tells me that I need a software system update. I am using a PS3. My PS3 is not connected to the internet. What does this mean? Am I now out $30.00?
@nathanp, You're going to be returning Dog Soldiers pretty quickly. That's one of the suckiest movies ever released on Blu-ray. How they could afford that release is beyond me (I saw it on DVD a year ago... so awful).