Typically, the week before Christmas lacks big name releases due to studios admission that the majority of holiday shopping has already taken place, and there is no room for last minute purchases like a new Blu-ray release. In fact, the week after Christmas is typically when releases start picking up again, with studios hoping to cash in on the inevitable gift card purchases following the festivities. It is because of this that Sony's decision to push the Blu-ray release of 'District 9' up a week is curious, but we are very thankful we can pick up this title today (or at least find it under the tree on Friday).
For the Blu-ray review of 'District 9', staff reviewer Martin Liebman commented, " Few films grab the attention so vigorously and never let go quite like District 9, and through its many layers the film gels wonderfully from beginning to end, every angle falling into place for one of the summer's most exceptional films and one of the decade's most unique Science Fiction experiences." He continues, "Sony's Blu-ray release of this impressive film is up to the task. Boasting startlingly clear visuals, a faultless lossless soundtrack, and plenty of bonus materials, District 9 is yet another feather in Sony's cap, a perfect example of why the studio may very well be Blu-ray's best and most consistent."
Today also marks the first release of Family Guy material on Blu-ray with 'Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side'. This is actually the second time that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has spoofed the Star Wars universe (the first episode, 'Blue Harvest', was not released on Blu-ray), with a third expected sometime next year.
Sony is releasing the electric guitar documentary 'It Might Get Loud' today as well, which features legendary guitarists Jimmy Page, Edge, and Jack White. Staff reviewer Martin Liebman commented, in the Blu-ray review of 'It Might Get Loud', "A solid Documentary in every regard, all audiences will find something to treasure in It Might Get Loud. As expected, Sony's Blu-ray release is a first-class effort. Boasting a strong 1080p picture quality within the confines if the film's intended look, a soul-stirring lossless soundtrack, and a couple of worthwhile extras, It Might Get Loud deserves a home in every serious Blu-ray collection."
Fox is today releasing the romantic comedy '(500) Days of Summer', while Disney is releasing Mike Judge's latest film 'Extract'. Oh, and if you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone you really don't like, may I suggest 'All About Steve'. Nothing says "I Hate You" more than a film that only managed 6% on Rotten Tomatoes.
For a complete listing of all the Blu-ray titles released today, click here.
Pre Ordered IT MIGHT GET LOUD and District 9 along with TAXI Final Season on DVD...UPS truck just down the street. Need someone to " convince " me about BAND OF BROTHERS and BLADE RUNNER as far as content. I've read all the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED reviews, etc., but a blind buy doesn't " feel " right, which is strange considering all the blind buys I've made ?!?!? I'm a big Ridley Scott / Tony Scott fan, big Spielberg / Hanks fan...so I'm probably just being overly cautious, BUT...haven't bought a single turkey on Blu yet !!! 74 so far...
'Extract' arrived from Amazon yesterday. Great film, for those who haven't seen it, but enjoy quirky indie comedies. Will be picking up 'District 9' (one the absolute best films of the year) and blind-buying '500 Days Of Summer' tonight.
To Mikez: Blade Runner is a no brainer and I can add the fact that Band Of Brothers is a no brainer too, get it while it's not expensive! If you have a good sound system, you'll literally shit in your pants. This is an instant classic, believe me!
FYE today at my local mall already had next week's Blu-Ray releases 9 and Jennifer's Body on "sale" for 29.99 each. They also had Paranormal Activity on DVD but not Blu-Ray. Last year I found a similar occurance...when asked, the clerk said their corporate office knew business was slow and told them to go ahead and put them on shelves. If you do not mind paying $30 for a Blu-Ray, you can pick those titles up now! Also, not one store I was in today carried a copy of It May Get Loud. Hopefully I will find it in my stocking!