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This Week on Blu-ray - January 11-17

Posted January 11, 2011 08:40 AM by Josh Dreuth

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Recently named the top film of 2010 by the National Society of Film Critics, The Social Network is expected to one of the big winners during the upcoming Academy Awards. A story about the rise of Facebook seemed like an odd choice for director David Fincher after his Academy Award-winning film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but he was once again has proven he is part of an elite class of directors who can surprise moviegoers with their talent over and over again.

For the Blu-ray review of The Social Network, staff reviewer Martin Liebman commented, "Fincher's masterwork is as relevant as it is beautiful, the picture a symbol not only of a people and an era but a beacon of filmmaking done right." He continues, "A stunning transfer sourced from a near faultless digital master, a mesmerizing lossless soundtrack, and an exceptional supplemental roster easily make this a defining Blu-ray release."

During his heyday, actor Kevin Costner starred in hit after hit, with seemingly no end in sight. Arguably his finest film, Dances with Wolves is being released today on Blu-ray to celebrate its 20th anniversary of the theatrical release. While many fans will see the similarity between this film and another "gone native" story involving blue aliens, Wolves touches on the still tender issue of America's conquest of the West rather than the more broad environmental impact of humans.

Staff reviewer Casey Broadwater commented in his Blu-ray review of Dances with Wolves, "While I'd argue that the film probably didn't deserve to practically sweep the Academy Awards in 1990, Dances with Wolves is undeniably one of the most lavish and loved films of its decade. I would've appreciated a disc that featured both the theatrical and director's cuts of the film, but MGM has nevertheless put together a fine Blu-ray package for this release, with a gorgeous high definition transfer, 7.1 lossless audio, and a variety of decent extras."

If you are looking for a psychological monster thrill ride, you should probably stay away from Piranha 3D on Blu-ray. But if you go into the film with zero expectations of magnificence – and that should have been extremely obvious based on the trailer – it's an entertaining escape film and a faithful remake to the original and James Cameron directed sequel. The release is also available as a standard Blu-ray, but let's be honest, you're going to want the 3D experience on this one.

For the Blu-ray review of Piranha 3D, staff reviewer Martin Liebman concludes, "Piranha is a deviously fun little remake that's thematically vacuous and emotionally vacant, but it's hard to fault a movie with no class when it has so much fun being classless." He continues, "Sony's Blu-ray 3D release of Piranha offers viewers a quality 3D experience, but at the expense of several extras. Fortunately, the documentary remains, but buyers will have to choose whether a few throwaway extras and the deleted scenes are worth the upgrade to 3D."

And finally, Warner brings us Once Upon a Time in America on Blu-ray today. Any fan of gangster films who has yet to experience the film will want to dive into this 229 minute epic as soon as possible. Those who have seen the film have likely already put in their order.


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News comments (43 comments)


jk1138
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Another week to let my wallet rest.

zemat
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Where's the review for "Once upon a Time in America" ?...

Rainman208
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I'm giving Piranha a rent.

Another week to scour for bargain catalog titles.

Wdm81
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Piranha 3D was only good for the boobies

anomaly7
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Social Network and Dances with Wolves for me, using $10 BB reward coupon and the $5 DWW coupon. 2 great movies on blu for around $25 is a great deal. I may blind buy Once upon a time in America in the future, I've never seen it but have heard nothing but great thing about it.

Joen
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I have ordered 'The Social Network' and cannot wait to re-watch it. This is one of my favorites of last year. The Blu-ray is packed with features and that $16.99 price tag sure is sweet. Will get Dances with Wolves, Raging Bull and Once Upon a Time in America eventually (haven't seen any of these, but have only heard great things about all 3).

hostelmovies
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I would have preferred to see Open Range released today.

DamianAshley
 - Jan 11, 2011

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PossumPete
 - Jan 11, 2011

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^ That seems kind of short-sighted. You can buy plastic cases for the discs you know.

Dances, Once Upon a Time, and Universe Season 5 for me this week. Next week is looking really poor for releases.

The Theory
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Oh boy, a heavy-hitting week!
The Social Network for sure...
Piranha eventually...
And most importantly, two Criterion titles! Robinson Crusoe on Mars and Army of Shadows both will be must-gets.

spargs
 - Jan 11, 2011

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The Social Network and Once Upon a Time in America for me.

thelittleprince
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Good timing for the release of The Social Network, just in time for the awards season, just like it was for The Hurt Locker last year. And can't go wrong with the $16.99 new release price with all the extras! I can't wait to receive my copy from amazon today and watch it tonight!

lilant2248
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Got Piranha.

coolkev1701
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I'm picking up Dances With Wolves, might pick up Piranha...

bhampton
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Forget facebook and dancing with the wolves, it's all about the Pirahnas!

Peteara
 - Jan 11, 2011

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What's up with the lack of info on Rob Roy? No cover art, reviews, etc.

DamianAshley
 - Jan 11, 2011

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perdition
 - Jan 11, 2011

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My wife is thankful for weeks like these, and so is my wallet.

PossumPete
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I didn't mean short-sighted, I meant stupid. Sorry for the confusion.

sancho
 - Jan 11, 2011

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This week for me:
1. Piranha 2D
2. The Social Network

repete66211
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Haha, people still bitch about packaging? Seriously, life's too short man.

Re Once Upon a Time in America: It's a great movie, but the 250 minute version is so boring at times that it's almost unwatchable. As with Apocalypse Now Redux, sometimes you need to leave some stuff on the cutting room floor.

Brad1963
 - Jan 11, 2011

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The Social Network, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Army of Shadows, and Four Weddings (from Target) for me this week. Evaulating the Raging Bull ugrade. Are the new extras worth it? Will pu Once Upon a Time In America at one point.

iam1bearcat
 - Jan 11, 2011

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The Social Network for me today!

Musclemckeester
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I'm going to Best Buy after work to pick up Piranha. That's it for me this week.

fallwith
 - Jan 11, 2011

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I'm in for both Criterions. I've been loving all of the classic sci-fi that's been restored and presented in HD (Star Trek: TOS, Space 1999, Forbidden Planet, etc.) and happy to see Crusoe added to the list. The De Niro films and Endless Summer will be added to my radar.

scarface16
 - Jan 11, 2011

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The Social Network for me and I'll wait for the review of Once Upon a Time in America before I place the order.

ckenisell
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Just got back from Best Buy.
1. Picked up Dances with Wolves for $14.99 after $5 coupon and Target ($19.99) price match.
2. The Social Network for $16.99
3. Moulin Rouge for $14.99 (Glad I waited for this one)

It would seem as though Blu-Ray prices are coming down. I can't wait for 3D Blu-Ray prices to drop as well.

nathanp
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Social Network, Piranha, Army of Shadows, and Robinson Crusoe on Mars today. Quite a bit for the small amount of titles released today.

LateReg
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Hmmm...The Social Network has the best packaging of any new mainstream movie released on blu-ray that I've ever seen...very elegant. I'll take it any day over the typical blu-ray packaging. They've done the film proud.

YodasFootPowder
 - Jan 11, 2011

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The Social Network equals a good movie. The sad part is the fact that people have made things as dumb as Facebook popular. Yeah, just what I want to do, track people's every move, every half hour of their day. I definitely need to know when someone is cooking noodles or throwing their laundry in the dryer. Could people be any dumber and more loserish? But, still, good movie. LoL!

kg1
 - Jan 11, 2011

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My purchases today

Dances with Wolves - $13
Rob Roy - $12
Once Upon a Time in Mexico - $10
Arlington Road & Donnie Brasco - $13

The Social Network & Raging Bull are on a recent B&N order - $17.__/ea.

RiffFan924
 - Jan 11, 2011

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The packaging for "The Social Network" is miles above what they did for "There Will Be Blood"....there's no chance that the discs will be scratched with this packaging. My only gripe is the fact that the artwork isn't a slipcover instead of the paper that's not taped to the package. Still VERY VERY nice package and I'm glad I picked it up.

DirtHerder
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Truthfully; the appearance of 'the Social Network' on Blu~ is by far the most off putting. The Movie is STILL IN THE THEATERS. I'm used to the now TWO month window for theatrical films to retail, heck I was used to the YEAR / EIGHT MONTHS time for VHS and DvD! Are we all dropping down a cliff here?!
Heck! Try to remember the last time any of you have written with a Pen on Paper LETTER to someone~

BluPix
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Just received one film about an important contemporary phenomenon (The Social Network) along with three classic films about important historical phenomena and events (Army of Shadows, Dances with Wolves and Once Upon a Time in America). Big day for solid films.

dmarvin
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Great release day. The Social Network and Dances With Wolves are both masterpieces and may soon hold at least one thing in common: the Oscar for Best Picture.

Nathan Arizona
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Army of Shadows for me. More Melville on blu please! I'm in for a rental of the The Social Network.

nazdar
 - Jan 11, 2011

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once upon a time in america social network piranha danced with wolves

armonmel
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Eh, nothing really worth buying this week and already own 'Once upon a time in America' on regular dvd and contemplating if it's worth it to upgrade to blu ray.

robertthunder
 - Jan 11, 2011

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Got Today:

The Social Network $18
Piranha $16
Once Upon A Time In America $17

Getting Later in the week:

Army of Shadows Criterion Collection $27
Robinson Crusoe on Mars $31
The Endless Summer $16

Minimejer05
 - Jan 12, 2011

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Already got The Social Network. All I need to pick up now is Piranha 3D.

the_one913
 - Jan 12, 2011

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@RobertThunder Where did you get Piranha for $16?

TTaco05
 - Jan 12, 2011

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Piranha! Cuz it's the only title worth owning. Nothing else out today.

HeyItsJoel
 - Jan 12, 2011

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I didn't find THE SOCIAL NETWORK particularly entertaining. Just a bunch of computer geeks yelling "This is mine, that is yours." The blu-ray transfer was absolutely stunning, though. Never have I seen a clearer picture on my TV. All the blu ray movies in my collection were never more than $9.99 with the exception of the Expendables for $13. All the 'must have' movies can almost always be found for less than retail either through weekly sales or on eBay. Or if not, there's nothing wrong with exercising a little discipline by waiting. But, to each his own........


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