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This Week on Blu-ray: September 6-12

Posted September 6, 2011 08:31 AM by Josh Dreuth

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Much like Luc Besson's character Leon in The Professional, trained assassin aren't exactly inconspicuous. They aren't highly trained killing machines in peak physical condition, will little regard to the value of human life. But when a young, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl is your most imminent threat, it makes things a bit more interesting. Today's Blu-ray release of Hanna, is just that. While it may not win over all assassin genre film fans, it's definitely a unique experience.

For the Hanna Blu-ray review , staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented, "No, it won't win over every filmfan, nor will it enchant everyone as easily as it did me. But it won't soon be forgotten either. Thankfully, Universal's Blu-ray release is an excellent one. Between its gorgeous video transfer, electrifying DTS-HD Master Audio track and solid suite of supplements, Hanna high definition excursion is worth the price of admission."

Seen by many as the ultimate rags-to-riches film, and one of Al Pacino's best performances, today's Blu-ray release of Scarface features one of the most memorized (and overly quoted) lines in film history. Everyone knows the end of the film, but there is a lot of substance in its nearly three hour run time that shows the building of one man from a disrespected immigrant into one of the most powerful people in Miami.

Staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented in his Scarface Blu-ray review , "Love it or loathe it, De Palma's crime epic is a tour de force, Stone's script remains one of his most startling, and Pacino's performance holds everything in its orbit. Universal's Blu-ray release captures it all well. Its video transfer has a variety of issues, but stands head and shoulders above its DVD counterpart; its DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 will strike some as overkill, but impresses nonetheless."

While Will Ferrell's last dramatic film Stranger Than Fiction failed to capture the hearts of general audiences, that didn't stop it from becoming a somewhat fan favorite of the actor. For those wishing for more semi-seriousness from Ferrell, today's Blu-ray release of Everything Must Go will be right up your alley.

For the Everything Must Go Blu-ray review , staff reviewer Jeffrey Kaufman commented, "This is an actors' piece above all, and the good news is that Everything Must Go is blessed with uniformly excellent work from both seasoned pros and relative newcomers alike. The film itself is a little sketchy, literally, with not enough detail for us to really get underneath Nick's skin (despite the fine detail of the transfer). But this is still a very compelling little film which casts a very unique spell."

Those of you who can wait until Friday to pick up your weekly grab will be rewarded with the Blu-ray release of X-Men: First Class. Thankfully, the folks at Fox seemed to have learned from their directorial mistake in X-Men: The Last Stand and their every-which-way mistake in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and have put together a film worthy of the X-Men legacy. Look for an official review later this week.


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News comments (36 comments)


cmay13
  Sep 06, 2011
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x-men, scarface, and the office

The Theory
  Sep 06, 2011
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HELLRAISER II! That's been high on my want list for a while.
Hanna intrigues me--one of those that I'll bide my time with, but I do want to get it eventually.

Haven't seen The Hills Have Eyes, but I'm always interested in older horror.

I never got around to picking up any of the Scream movies, so the boxset looks like it might be the way to go with that. Eventually. Heh.

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Toasterlad
  Sep 06, 2011
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Looking forward to X-Men on Friday, while cursing my blu-ray addiction for forcing me to pick up 40 Days and 40 Nights simply so I could replace the DVD copy I own which I never watch.

movieman1979
  Sep 06, 2011
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Do we know if the blu releases of Hellraiser, Hellraiser II and Children of the Corn retain the special features from the Anchor Bay DVDs, that's seriously the only thing keeping me from picking those up.

coolkev1701
  Sep 06, 2011
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Picking up Hanna and Scarface today, X-men on Friday.

TheManInBlu
  Sep 06, 2011
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Can't wait for my Scarface scopy to ship from Amazon later today. This is my most awaited Blu-ray ever
Gazzoo69
  Sep 06, 2011
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@ THEMANINBLU Amazon started shipping Scarface yesterday. So hopefully we get it soon.

PBateman87
  Sep 06, 2011
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I missed Hanna in theaters, looked pretty cool so that's worth a rent for sure. Dressed to Kill might be a blind buy down the road, I like DePalma's other earlier work.

rollinwith26s
  Sep 06, 2011
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September is going to be a good month =)

BluPix
  Sep 06, 2011
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The only blu-ray from this list that I'll actually receive this week (i.e., today) is the long-awaited Scarface, which I preordered months ago and, despite the picture quality issues alluded to in the review, is sure to be an intriguing overall package.

That said, there are other titles I'm interested in, which I plan to add to my collection eventually, including Straw Dogs, The Caine Mutiny and United 93. I may rent Everything Must Go to see if I like the film. Down the line I may order the steelbook edition of Hanna, available in the UK. And I've already made preorder arrangements to receive the UK steelbook edition of X-Men: First Class, due on October 31st (instead of the standard package to be released in the US this Friday).

Not a bad week and, looking at the upcoming releases, it's a good week to start off a terrific month.

JHas
  Sep 06, 2011
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Strawdogs and The Caine Mutiny for me.

Brad1963
  Sep 06, 2011
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Hanna and The Caine Mutiny for me. At one point The Office S7.

lilant2248
  Sep 06, 2011
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Scarface and Scooby Doo for me.

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Dellamorte13
  Sep 06, 2011
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I might get the first 'Hellraiser' if it's cheap and has the same special features from the Anchor Bay version. I'll get 'X-Men' on Black Friday when it's cheap (and *hopefully* a cheap LOTR EE set!)

I'm hoping the Midnight Madness series will be something we see on sale when it gets closer to Halloween. I remember Target had a great deal last year on a bunch of older horror titles like 'Child's Play,' 'Carrie' and 'Day of the Dead' (Romero's) and I never thought twice about them because I didn't have a BD player then.
FilmFanEddie
  Sep 06, 2011
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Scarface, Straw Dogs, The Caine Mutiny, and United 93 for me this week.

scottpcusa
  Sep 06, 2011
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@lilant2248 Scarface and Scooby Doo? What an interesting combination. I wonder why that film hasn't been made yet!
DeadByDawn
  Sep 06, 2011
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Bought Hanna today. Will grab X-Men - FC on Friday.

soul embrace
  Sep 06, 2011
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just x men for me
ZoetMB
  Sep 06, 2011
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>>"Much Luc Besson's character Leon in The Professional, trained assassin aren't exactly inconspicuous."

Can we have a little copy editing please? This sentence makes absolutely no sense.
Cagedgator79
  Sep 06, 2011
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Picked up Scarface, X-Men on Friday for sure. Lots of Friday releases this month, all part of a VERY expensive Sept and Oct.
bluskiff
  Sep 06, 2011
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What the hell is up with these friday releases tuesday has been our family movie night for five years and it sucks we have to wait till the week after to see new movies.I have never bought a friday release starwars will be my first. I was going to buy xmen I think Ill just rent it next week.

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Toasterlad
  Sep 06, 2011
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^ way to handle life's twist and turns, fella.

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Wdm81
  Sep 06, 2011
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I a;so am wondering whats up with the friday releases, X-men, star wars and green lantern are all friday releases. I'm not complaining since friday is usually my best buy visit day but seriously why break from tradition?
kugironjaw
  Sep 06, 2011
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Pre-Ordered and already have Hellraiser II right here Been waiting for that 1 forever!!

prof_ho11ow
  Sep 06, 2011
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Just picking up X-Men: First Class on Friday. Was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. It was just a lot of fun to watch, and they kept it interesting and entertaining.

Minimejer05
  Sep 06, 2011
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Xmen and scarface for me

GreatGuy
  Sep 07, 2011
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Already ordered Scarface and Hanna, and got Hanna just the other day. Kind of wish I'd checked it out before I bought it. I found it to be kind of boring...
Didn't care much for X-men: First class, but I'll probably get it when the price drops.
Really looking forward to Everything must go!

domper9
  Sep 07, 2011
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Great week.

Already ordered Hanna UK steelbook and thanks @BluPix for pointing out the steelbook of X-Men to me. Almost had ordered the regular Amazon one.
I'll stick with my Anchor Bay Hellraiser, but Dressed to Kill will be a movietyme import as soon as I find another import to accompany it. Straw Dogs would have done it were it not for a pending UK release.

It's absolute heresy I know but I have no interest in seeing Scarface again. Did miss "A Horrible Way To Die" at FrightFest in London this year. Blind buy? I think I need to see it first.

Finally, "The Hills Have Eyes" 1977 original sounds like a nice upgrade since I have never owned it in any other version but a taped VHS. Then again, I kind of know it by heart. Will await PQ review on that one.

canative454
  Sep 07, 2011
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Getting Hanna today from Amazon and picking up X-men:First Class exclusive from Target on Friday.

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Pirate King
  Sep 07, 2011
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The Caine Mutiny...... and some strawberries
amt1003
  Sep 07, 2011
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Fringe S3 and X-men

Ray O. Blu
  Sep 07, 2011
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Scarface & Hanna

DAMN THE AQ IS BAD-ASS ON HANNA!!!

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Trick x50
  Sep 07, 2011
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20 Bucks for the Scream set? Steal.

FasttommyB
  Sep 08, 2011
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X-Men First Class. Didn't get a chance to see it in theatres.
Film4o
  Sep 08, 2011
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Glad tp see the great Dressed to Kill and Straw Dogs on blu.

Lincoln6Echo
  Sep 08, 2011
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Just and finally watched my copy of X-Men 3 in prep for X-Men First Class, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. (I had only watched it once before on DVD when it came out back then, so I had forgotten much of the film) The film wasn't as bad as everybody says. Actually had a moment in there with Beast when he had on his apparent, First Class uniform, and said "I can't believe this used to fit me." LOL

But yeah, this month is gonna be expensive. Got X-Men this Friday, then next week comes Thor, Camelot S1, Sanctuary S3, Spartacus: GotA, and then Star Wars.


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