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This Week on Blu-ray: August 9-15

Posted August 9, 2011 07:37 AM by Josh Dreuth

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First off, Paul is not the highly anticipated sci-fi film that completes the "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy". While Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in the geeky comedy, it is actually helmed by Adventureland director Greg Mottola. The film, which follows the escapades of two fanboy friends who go site seeing in the Nevada desert after Comic-Con, is so genre specific, that you likely missed it during its theatrical run, but you definitely shouldn't miss this Blu-ray release.

Staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented in his Paul Blu-ray review, "Every comedy has a target audience and Paul's is clearly the Comic-Con crowd. But even as a member of that crowd, I didn't find it to be the ultimate fanboy farce it purports to be." He continues, "Universal's Blu-ray release will not disappoint. It boasts a near-perfect video transfer, an Earth-moving DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, and a fairly impressive supplemental package."

The Blu-ray release of Your Highness, address that other side of the geeky universe swords and sorcery. Similar to Paul, this film is very genre specific, meaning you're either going to fall in love with it because of the nostalgia it brings, or hate it because it's not your thing. An excessive ad campaign combined with an all-star cast means that you've probably have already made your mind up about this film, so enjoy, either way.

For the Your Highness Blu-ray review, staff reviewer Kenneth Brown concludes, "It's a genre parody through and through -- in this case '80s swords-n-sorcery fantasy flicks -- but, sadly, it sparks as often as it fizzles. Universal's Blu-ray release is far more impressive. Its video transfer stands strong, its DTS-HD Master Audio surround track storms the castle walls, and its supplemental package has enough gold to go around."

Today's Blu-ray release of Super tells the story of a short-order cook (Rainn Wilson) who develops his own superhero identity after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Together with him sidekick (Ellen Page), the "Crimson Bolt" fights crime with a plumbing wrench in hopes of getting back his wife. While this may sound like an indie, star-studded take-off of Kick Ass, the film goes a bit deeper with forcing the viewer to ask themselves questions about morality.

Universal brings the classic teen comedies Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused to Blu-ray today, which are both welcome additions to anyone's Blu-ray collection. More surprising is that the Disney animated double feature The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound 2 is coming in towards the back of the pack today. My guess is that most you are, like myself, are waiting for the single release of The Fox and the Hound so you can avoid the sequel.


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News comments (41 comments)



Coqui2k
  Aug 09, 2011
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Weak Week

PossumPete
  Aug 09, 2011
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Ellen Page mmmmmmmmmm...
FrellingFrakker
  Aug 09, 2011
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I've been eagerly awaiting bikini girls on ice!


mjcavinder
  Aug 09, 2011
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I ordered Dead Man...$7.99..haven't seen Paul, brother said its good...why The Prophecy 3 before first 2?wtf
Dazed and Confused...Universal Studios waste just wait for Criterion....Fast Times at Ridgemont High if price drops yeah...Your Highness i'll rent first...Super I wanna see to.

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repete66211
  Aug 09, 2011
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Fast Times for me thank you very much.

Danny McBride and Rainn Wilson...I don't understand how do these guys make a living in comedy much less merit top billing. Simon Pegg on the other hand, a very talented comic actor, continues his puzzling movie career with Paul, a movie apparently about the hijinks of an English-speaking ET.

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megafan999
  Aug 09, 2011
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Soul Eater, Mars Needs Moms and The Fox & the Hound for me. I'll give Paul a rent.

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The Great Artiste
  Aug 09, 2011
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Doesn't anyone proofread what they write anymore?

1st paragraph of this post: correct word usage is sightseeing, not "site seeing"

3rd paragraph: addresses that other side..., not "address" that other side...

4th paragraph: his sidekick, not "him" sidekick

Minimejer05
  Aug 09, 2011
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Your Highness, Paul and Super for me.
Snake in my Boots
  Aug 09, 2011
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Dead man pending positive review. Brilliant fever dream of a film, hoping for a solid transfer. Heck for 8 bucks I may just get it.

mjcavinder
  Aug 09, 2011
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^sure and monkeys might fly outta your butt
Cutabove75
  Aug 09, 2011
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Ordered Fast Times and Dazed.
Paul was fun but Super was disappointing. Pretty much the same movie as Defendor.

SpaceDog
  Aug 09, 2011
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I don't wholly expect a single release of the Fox and the Hound, and I don't mind that the sequel is included. What I do mind are indications that serious restoration needs to be done on the original. I don't like the idea that Disney won't give the utmost care to their 2nd and 3rd tier titles.

I'll likely pass for now.

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Toasterlad
  Aug 09, 2011
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I blind bought Super; couldn't pass up that $13.50 price tag from Amazon. I'll wait for Fast Times to fall to $10 before buying. Renting Paul and Your Highness.

The Theory
  Aug 09, 2011
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From my perspective this is an interesting week. Been looking forward to a blu-ray release of Super since I saw it on-demand a couple of months back. The Fox and the Hound is a classic and, even with a subpar presentation, I want it. Dead Man looks interesting, but I'll wait until it's cheap.

I want Dazed and Confused, but I'll wait for the Criterion edition.
scarface16
  Aug 09, 2011
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@Boothill Gunslinger

Wow, calm down buddy. Coqui2k was obviously just saying that the weeks releases appeared weak to "him." Now of course that won't be everyone's opinion, but it's his and he's entitled to it! And no, not everyone should have a slavish devotion to buying every single blu ray that comes out just because it will help the format. Some movies are just shit and do not need to be purchased. Don't understand why you went into a whole explanation of what each member of your family likes to watch. I hate to burst your bubble but no one cares.

Brad1963
  Aug 09, 2011
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Just Battle of Algiers and Dead Man for me. Waiting for the Criterion Dazed & Confused.

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repete66211
  Aug 09, 2011
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Lighten up Boothill.

metriclove
  Aug 09, 2011
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Wow, it must be an interesting release week if people are getting all "hot and bothered" over which movies coming out and which one are good (all relative). Anyway ... my 2 pesos:

I liked Paul, even more so after multiple viewings - it could be a soft spot for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Will definitely buy.

Your Highness, I was not impressed with, and I love all the actors/actresses involved and sophomoric comedies. I just could not get into this one. Perhaps another viewing down the road, but will not buy.

Wanted to see Super, but it never came to where I'm living. I really wanted to see it and will stream it before buying.

All others this week, I have on DVD and don't want to upgrade right now or the others I am not that interested in. (Caveat: Will wait, as others, for the Criterion release of Dazed).

Now everyone, just chill out, enjoy your own collections, and not try not to get bent out of shape by what others perceive as good or bad (including grading someones collection). We're all different and that's why making, watching and collecting movies is fun and dynamic.

Cheers

vanscottie
  Aug 09, 2011
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I got the Criterion "Dazed..." last year and I see no reason to upgrade. Will def get "Fast Times..." and "FATH." Bummed that Fast YTimes didn't come out two weeks ago when I could have used the Best Buy coupon, $9.99 seems a perfect price point, assuming the rating it got here on its PQ/AQ.

BluPix
  Aug 09, 2011
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Due this week from my preorder is The Battle of Algiers, which I've been wanting to add to my collection for a long time. It's a most welcome acquisition.

I'll likely buy Criterion's package of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, due in October, at some point not too much later.

And finally, I'll probably take advantage of Best Buy's current low price of The Lookout, a fine film from the Miramax library that is being reissued today. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels. (Even though it's now distributed by Echo Bridge, I'm presuming the picture & audio quality will still have the same high standards as when it was originally released.)

cpstevens
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The only one I may get is The Fox and the Hound. Paul was funny, but not worth owning.

PBateman87
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I'll be getting Your Highness at some point even though there was a bunch of missed potential. Paul looks to be worth a blind buy...and I'll wait for the Dazed & Confused Criterion release, forget this one.
LordRaymond
  Aug 09, 2011
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Hm I might get Mars Needs Moms. Lol @ argument.

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Wdm81
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Gonna pimp me some Fox and the hound and Paul!

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Sopranogl
  Aug 09, 2011
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"Dead Man" is great...IF YOU CAN FIND IT.

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Toasterlad
  Aug 09, 2011
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I'd like to go on record as not caring which movies Boothill's family likes.

alphahulk
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i'll take buttnuggets in space for $10...lol.

lilant2248
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The Lookout and Fast Times for me.

mookoo
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Relax everyone!

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andyman1970
  Aug 09, 2011
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I picked up Fast Times and Dazed & Confused at Best Buy today. They were on sale for $14.99 each and they had a $5.00 off special for buying both then I used a $5.00 RZ coupon which means I only paid $9.99 each. And for everyone waiting on the Criterion edition of Dazed the Universal release looks and sounds amazing. I'll keep this until B&N does their 50% Criterion sale next July.

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Dellamorte13
  Aug 09, 2011
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'Paul' and 'Your Highness' weren't that funny enough for me to see again, let alone buy.

I've read that the 'Fast Times' picture quality is piss-poor and hold out just a little longer all you 'Dazed and Confused' fans as Criterion is porting their version to Blu on October 25. This week's version is just another $en$ele$$ Univer$al ca$h-grab.

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Toasterlad
  Aug 10, 2011
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In all fairness, I just said that I don't care what movies Boothill's FAMILY likes. I remain on the edge of my seat each week to find out which movies Boothill HIMSELF likes.

rollinwith26s
  Aug 10, 2011
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Might get Super eventually.
FilmFanEddie
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The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound 2 and The Battle of Algiers for me.

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The Great Artiste
  Aug 10, 2011
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@scarface16
@Boothill Gunslinger

guys... guys... enough with the flame wars

Can't we all just get along?

Now let's just get the people who write the posts to do a better job of copyediting...
scarface16
  Aug 10, 2011
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So who deleted me and Gunslingers last few comments?
larrythefatcat
  Aug 10, 2011
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Why would you metion a POS like Adventureland when this is the same director who made Superbad?

You really don't like Greg Motolla if you decide to dole out a slap in the face like that. At least this movie is better than Adventureland... not as good as Superbad (or any of the Edgar Wright movies), but not many comedies are.

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repete66211
  Aug 10, 2011
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I haven't seen Adventureland, but it would have to be pretty awful to be worse than Superbad. That movie should have won the Academy Award for the Most Accurately Named Movie.

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rockstarnati
  Aug 10, 2011
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Paul and Super for me eventually... most likely. Already have The Fox and the Hound Collection from the Disney Movie Club.

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zoodermin
  Aug 10, 2011
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The Fox and the Hound and the Battle of Algiers for me.

phatrat1982
  Aug 16, 2011
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I found Paul highly offensive and unfunny period. It could have been ok if not for all that Christian bashing damn.


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