Monday, July 9, 2012

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: July 10, 2012

Welcome back! We have an interesting week for new and older releases - those with eclectic tastes might find some good gems within the bunch.  Get ready for a raunchy reunion, a couple controversial dramas, and a slew of oldies but goodies.  Surely something will jump out at ya.  I definitely had my eye on a few.

Hit the jump for this week's releases!

*Special Features are for Blu-ray editions only*


American Reunion (Blu/DVD)


Our review
The Next Day
Actors: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nichols, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, and Eugene Levy
Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Format: Color, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1 
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Universal
Run Time: 113 minutes

-Special Features-

7 Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
The "Reunion" Reunion
Jim's Dad
Ouch! My Balls!
Feature Commentary
13 Extended Scenes
Alternate Takes
The "Out of Control" Track
The Best of Biggs - Hangin' With Jason B
Lake Bake
Dancing With the Oz
American Gonad-iators: The Fight Scene
American Reunion Yearbook
UltraViolet
Digital Copy
BD-Live
pocket Blu app
Advanced Remote Control
Video Timeline
Mobile-To-Go



Margaret (Blu/DVD)



Actors: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick
Directors: Kenneth Lonergan
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Run Time: 150 minutes


-Special Features-

Extended cut










Flowers of War (Blu/DVD)


Actors: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Paul Schneider, Tong Dawei
Directors: Yimou Zhang
Writers: Geling Yan, Heng Liu
Producers: Chaoying Deng, David Linde, Leo Shi Young, Weiping Zhang, William Kong
Format: Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: Cantonese, English, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: Lions Gate 


-Special Features-

Episode 1: The Birth of The Flowers of War
Episode 2: Meeting Christian Bale
Episode 3: The Newborn Stars
Episode 4: Hard Time During War (
Episode 5: Perfection of Light and Color 

Trailer 



Outland (Blu)

Actors: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James B. Sikking, John Ratzenberger
Directors: Peter Hyams
Writers: Peter Hyams
Producers: Stanley O'toole, Richard A. Roth
Format: NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
Run Time: 112 minutes


-Special Features-

Commentary: Writer-Director Peter Hyams
Theatrical Trailer 




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Blade 2 (Blu) 

Actors: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 117 minutes


-Special Features-

Audio Commentaries
Director's Notebook
Blade II: Blood Brothers
The Blood Pact 
Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Optional Commentary
Unfilmed Script Pages
Sequence Breakdowns 
Visual Effects 
Comic Book Origins 
The Vampire Mystique 
Blood Bath
Alternate Sunrise Music 
Music Video
Trailers
Art Galleries 





Brainstorm (Blu)

Actors: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson
Directors: Douglas Trumbull
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 106 minutes


-Special Features-

Theatrical Trailer




Coma (Blu)

Actors: Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark
Director: Michael Crichton
Writers: Michael Crichton
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 113 minutes


-Special Features-

Theatrical Trailer






Chariots of Fire (Blu)

Actors: Ian Charleson, Ben Cross, Ian Holm, John Gielgud
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 124 minutes


-Special Features-

Deleted Scenes 
Behind the Story
Wings on Their Heels: The Making of 'Chariots of Fire'
Paris, 1924: Birth of the Modern Games
David Puttnam, A Cinematic Chamipion 
Hugh Hudson: Journey to the Gold 
Ben Cross and Patricia Hodge Screen Test 
Ian Charieson Screen Test 
Sprint Around the Quad 
Famous Opening Shot 
Commentary:  Hugh Hudson
Theatrical Trailer 
DigiBook Packaging including a CD sampler featuring some of Vangelis' Oscar winning score



Twins of Evil (Blu/DVD)

Actors: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, David Warbeck, Madeleine Collinson, Mary Collinson
Directors: John Hough
Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R
Studio: Synapse Films 


-Special Features-

THE FLESH AND THE FURY: X-POSING TWINS OF EVIL
TWINS OF EVIL! 
THE PROPS THAT HAMMER BUILT: THE KINSEY COLLECTION
Motion Still Gallery 
Deleted Scene 
Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
Isolated Music & E ffects Track 



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Frequency (Blu)

Actors: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell, Andre Braugher
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Writers: Toby Emmerich
Producers: Gregory Hoblit, Bill Carraro, Robert Shaye, Richard Saperstein, Toby Emmerich
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 118 minutes


-Special Features-

N/A


Spawn (Blu)

Actors: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen
Format: Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 96 minutes


-Special Features-

Audio Commentary
Behind the Scenes
Music Videos
Theatrical Trailer 




The Astronauts Wife (Blu)

Actors: Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Joe Morton, Clea Duvall
Directors: Rand Ravich
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Warner Home Video


-Special Features-

No special features





Altered States (Blu)

Actors: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid
Director: Ken Russell
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 102 minutes


-Special Features-

Theatrical Trailer








Some intriguing titles were marred by bare boned features, but overall I'm impressed with the selection this week. Outland, Brainstorm, and Altered States might be added to my collection if the impulse takes over. Which ones will you choose?

Check back next week for the July 17 releases. As always, keep watching!