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This Week on Blu-ray: October 4-10

Posted October 4, 2011 08:37 AM by Josh Dreuth

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Arguably the best animated film of all time – and easily the pinnacle of the Disney Renaissance - The Lion King arrives on Blu-ray today after pulling in nearly $80M over the past three weeks during its theatrical re-release as a 3D feature. Today, Disney is offering both the original release and The Lion King 3D in stunning high definition, which promises to be one of the top releases of the year.

For the The Lion King Blu-ray review , staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented, "Once again, Disney has treated one of its animated classics like royalty and the results are nothing short of spectacular. The Blu-ray edition boasts a gorgeous video transfer, a powerful, earth-shaking DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track and a host of special features."

Riding in on its fifth incarnation – a luxury typically only granted to horror series who would have visited outer space at least once by now - Fast Five is the latest film in the The Fast and the Furious series that viewers just can't get enough of. Thankfully, producers haven't diverted much from the original formula, which is great, because that is exactly what the people want.

Staff reviewer Kenneth Brown commented in his Fast Five Blu-ray review , "No need to think, no need to analyze, no need to do anything other than sit back, strap in and enjoy the ride. Luckily, Universal's Blu-ray edition makes it that much easier to Let Go and Let Lin. Its video transfer is outstanding, its DTS-HD Master Audio track rockets toward the finish, and its eight-cylinder extras top off an already excellent release."

Whatever you think of Quentin Tarantino – which usually ranges from "one of the greatest directors of our time" to "the biggest copy-cat in the industry", his films are extremely fun to watch and masterfully scripted. Today's release of Pulp Fictionon Blu-ray is the director's best known film and one that Blu-ray fans have been begging for all five years since the format was introduced (and first rumblings that it was "coming soon").

For the Pulp Fiction Blu-ray review , staff reviewer Jeffrey Kaufman commented, "This film is so stuffed with great performances and great bits of dialogue that it's almost useless to try to single one or two moments out. Fans of the film are going to be very pleased with the video and audio components of this release, as well as a couple of new supplements appended to previously released extras."

And in a week absolutely stuffed with great releases, which one will I end my post with? Why, none other than Pee-wee's Big Adventure, of course! As staff reviewer Michael Reuben puts it in Pee-wee's Big Adventure Blu-ray review , "There was something magical in the chemistry between Reubens and Burton that pulls me into Pee-Wee's Big Adventure every time."


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MD-Blu
  Oct 04, 2011
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First! I'll be picking up TLK and Fast Five for sure.

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JJ
  Oct 04, 2011
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I can't be the only one craving Space Jam...

jeffgordonlovesblu
  Oct 04, 2011
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busy busy week must owns are tlk, jackie brown and pulp fiction. also getting fast five and scre4m. haven't splurged like this in a while
THEBIGVIN96
  Oct 04, 2011
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i will get Pulp Fiction and maybe Jackie Brown, Scream 4 and the fast five i would rent.

lilant2248
  Oct 04, 2011
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Getting Fast Five and Jackie Brown, and I'm going to wait for Scream 4.

MJW
  Oct 04, 2011
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The Lion King 3D for me, which is supposed to be delivered today from Amazon!
Lord of Cinema
  Oct 04, 2011
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Fast Five & Pulp Fiction for me. I'll wait for Scream 4 to come down in price. As for The Lion King...If I want to watch "Hamlet", I'll watch the Kenneth Branagh version!

movieman1979
  Oct 04, 2011
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Already picked up Fast Five and Lion King last night at Moviestop, am expecting Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown in from Amazon today...it's gonna be a busy day LOL

domper9
  Oct 04, 2011
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Ah crap.

Everything of interest to me is Region A Criterion again. >:(

"Jewels" then, eventually. And if PQ/AQ review are OK...

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repete66211
  Oct 04, 2011
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Life is Beautiful is a good movie and Pee Wee's Big Adventure is fun.

I wonder where the Tarantino fanboys are this morning. Still in bed?

photograph17
  Oct 04, 2011
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Can someone tell me why anyone would buy Lion King in the "DVD packaging"? It's the 21st century, it's all about the BLU!!!
scarface16
  Oct 04, 2011
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Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown. Nothing else matters.

The Theory
  Oct 04, 2011
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Wow, what a week. What a week!

Salo salo salo... YES PLEASE. Harakiri, too.
The Lion King--I wouldn't call it one of the best animated films of all time, or even one of the best Disney animated films, but it is a solid film and I want it.
Pulp Fiction/Jackie Brown are both must-gets asap.
Life is Beautiful is a stunning film, should be gorgeous on blu.

Then a lot of titles that, should I be walking around the store with cash in my pocket and I see them cheap I'd totally get... Dead Alive, Cinema Paradiso, Interstella 5555, etc, etc...

coolkev1701
  Oct 04, 2011
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I'll be picking up Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Fast Five, and Scream 4.

P@t_Mtl
  Oct 04, 2011
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Nothing for me this week, very slow. My wallet get's a break. I might get some Criterion later if B&N does a November sale

Blu Balls
  Oct 04, 2011
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I'll be picking up Pulp Fiction for me and The Lion King for my wife and daughter. I'll just rent Fast Five and Scream 4.

Pinewoodpotter
  Oct 04, 2011
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Lion King, Fast Five, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Scream 4, The League, Bored to Death, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and Deck the Halls.
Yep, this is the big week I've been saving up for
esprokr
  Oct 04, 2011
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Definitely Lion King. I've been waiting for a while for this release. Unfortunately, finances won't allow for any additional purchases today, but definitely have Fast Five on the "to-get" list (once the entire films set comes out).
Forced4dr
  Oct 04, 2011
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SPACE JAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

.....Also TLK, and Fast Five.
cmay13
  Oct 04, 2011
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lion king, pulp fiction, jackie brown, pee wee, charlie and the chocolate factory, and scream 4. I might buy fast 5 after I rent it and I need to see a review on space jam before I make a decision.

PossumPete
  Oct 04, 2011
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"Weird Al" and Pee-Wee in the same week? So this is what heaven is like!
XT14
  Oct 04, 2011
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haha, when they say the lion king is arguably the best animated film of all time...apparently they are some of the people that argue against that idea considering they gave the movie a 4/5

d5680
  Oct 04, 2011
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I'll be getting the Lion King, Fast Five, Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown...Man what a week for HQ releases...And Space Jam too, oh man.
mobaby1979
  Oct 04, 2011
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With Best Buy's 'buy both and save $8', two $5 DMR coupons, and a $5 Subway coupon, I got the Lion King 3D and Beauty and the Beast 3D for $41.01 out the door. VERY HAPPY. And excited to watch Lion King 3D tonight with my kids!!!!!!

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Toasterlad
  Oct 04, 2011
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Pulp Fiction is waiting for me on my doorstep! I'll hold off on Pee Wee and Charlie & tCF until they're under $10, and the League til it's under $15.

I wouldn't put Lion King in the top 50 animated movies of all time, let alone #1. But if there's one thing kids love, it's talking lions.
Erik E. Erik
  Oct 04, 2011
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Is that a rip on Leprachaun In Space? Because that's the best movie in the entire series. I love hearing people talk about science who don't have even basic scientific knowledge of that field. DNA is a liquid that can be injected into you? Why not! If you have something else's DNA injected into your system then you mutate into that thing? Sure!
FilmFanEddie
  Oct 04, 2011
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I just got home from Best Buy. I bought The Lion King Trilogy, Pulp Fiction, and get this, The Tree of Life, one week early. They only had two copies.

BluPix
  Oct 04, 2011
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Four different titles are to arrive from preorders today, two of them are iconic Quentin Tarantino films: Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown (I commend the studio and Amazon for selling these at relatively attractive price points, given their apparently high technical quality and supplemental features and the fact that they're brand new to the market). One is a masterwork of classic Japanese cinema: Makaki Kobayahi's Harakiri. And, for me, the most intriguing of all these intriguing films, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. And all four are blind-buys. Watching them will be an intense experience, I'm sure (for different reasons for each one).

Titles released (or, it seems, in some cases reissued) this week that I plan to buy in the future include Cinema Paradiso, Fast Five, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King (as in the big box trilogy), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and maybe Amer, Almost Famous and the Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol 1.

A strong week, with more to follow.
that70sguy92
  Oct 04, 2011
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Scream 4! And maybe Pulp Fiction.

PeroK3
  Oct 04, 2011
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A great week, the best in a while. I'll be looking to get Lion King, Bored to Death season 2, Scream 4 and Pulp Fiction

jose9326
  Oct 04, 2011
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I'm getting The Lion King, Fast Five, and Pulp Fiction this week.

CIBartowski
  Oct 04, 2011
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Lion King & Planet Earth LE

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Wdm81
  Oct 04, 2011
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Lion king, Wildcats, Fastfive, and maybe Pee wee. Hoping to find Nightmare 2 and 3 this week, No where in my town had it last week, the guy at best buy said it wasn't released in canada..is this correct?

aherron
  Oct 04, 2011
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The Lion King 2D, Fast Five, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and The Cider House Rules for me this week.

soul embrace
  Oct 04, 2011
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just fast five for me

Minimejer05
  Oct 04, 2011
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Fast Five, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Scream 4 for me!

Ray O. Blu
  Oct 04, 2011
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@ Josh

The first sentence in the opening paragraph should read:
"Easily the best animated film of all time and the pinnacle of the Disney Renaissance..."

D head
  Oct 04, 2011
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Scream 4, Fast Five, The Lion King Trilogy, and Walking Dead SE...

metriclove
  Oct 04, 2011
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Got Pulp Fiction today, and forgot Pee Wee's Big Adventure was out. Will pick that one up as well; and absolutely hilarious movie. "Tell 'um Large Marge sent ya!"
24lakers
  Oct 04, 2011
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Wow! Without a doubt the best blu-ray release day so far this year. I picked up The Lion King, Fast Five, The Cider House Rules, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Scream 4. Can we say movie marathon this weekend?

ChadJCronin
  Oct 04, 2011
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I picked up Scre4m Walmart Single Disc and Fast Five
jmerr
  Oct 04, 2011
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Fast Five and Lion King Set were pre-ordered. Hope to get them soon.

Mastaplan23
  Oct 05, 2011
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got Fast Five today at work and just ordered The Lion King on Amazon. I WIN!!!!
PretyHateMachin
  Oct 05, 2011
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My Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown pre-orders are scheduled to arrive tomorrow! Going to pick up Lion King sometime this week, and I might pick up Pee Wee as well! Great week!

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Albatross365
  Oct 05, 2011
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Shame this only covers US releases.

Senna is out in the UK on the 10th.

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repete66211
  Oct 05, 2011
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Ah, electronic babysitting.

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anthonyb
  Oct 05, 2011
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Lion King; Greatest animated film of all time? Laughable.

Armorales102
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great week for me The Lion King 3D, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Pee-Wee Big Adventure, Dead Alive, The League Season 2, Bored to Death Season 2, Cinema Paradiso and The Cider House Rules

Ernest Rister
  Oct 05, 2011
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"Arguably the best animated film of all time"

No.

Someone can argue it. But they'd lose.

"and easily the pinnacle of the Disney Renaissance."

In box office dollars only. Bluth/Spielberg/Universal kicked off the Second Golden Age with An American Tail. Disney countered by re-investing in their animation unit, and also working with Spielberg. The results were Oliver and Co., Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Little Mermaid. Then FOX took a chance on The Simpsons, meanwhile home video introduced teens and adults to a healthy diet of foreign animation. All of this plus new technologies led to a massive animation boom.

The Lion King is the pinnacle of The Second Golden Age?

No.

Is it even the pinnacle of Disney's "self-contained" Second Golden Age?

No. Who Framed Roger Rabbit - even though produced by such diverse outside houses - and The Little Mermaid would battle for supremacy on that front. In terms of animation, Mermaid is sloppy, even more so than Beauty and the Beast. But it is absolutely aces in sincerity. Roger Rabbit thrills by Bob Hoskins sensational performance, Zemeckis' guiding hand, and a technical virtuosity unseen at Disney since the perhaps the early 60's. Everything at Disney afterwards benefitted from those two films, and in a sane world, they would be rightly celebrated.

The Lion King is a fine film - I think last time I checked it was around 15-17 on my list of the best Disney Animated Films - but you're not going to find much consensous in the animation community backing up the assertion that it is arguably the pinnacle of anything, other than box office sales.

prof_ho11ow
  Oct 05, 2011
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My girlfriend just bought me The Lion King, so technically I am not "buying" anything this week, I guess lol. I am tempted to pick up Pulp Fiction love, I freaking love that movie. Makes me hungry for a Royale with Cheese.

Si1entElegy
  Oct 06, 2011
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Scre4m, Fast Five, Lion King, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown. My wallet hates me!

Grethiwha
  Oct 07, 2011
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Amazing week. Pulp Fiction, the Lion King, and Harakiri for me definitely. Already got the first two. Stupid stores around here haven't got Harakiri in stock. I pray they correct that soon.

rockinrick
  Oct 07, 2011
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I think I only want Pulp Fiction out of this weeks releases. Nothing else on the list interests me at all.


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