Weekly Digital Disk Picks for April 5th, 2011

This week features the release of Tron: Legacy and a bunch of other stuff that really doesn’t matter.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Action
Anime
Antique Bakery Complete Collection rightstuf.com
Anime series about a group of young men starting a bakery togeather, some of whom get romantically involved.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Part 4 Amazon.com, RightStuf.com Amazon.com, RightStuf.com
Hero Tales Part 1 Amazon.com – Regular Edition, Amazon.com – Limited Edition, RightStuf.com – Regular Edition, RightStuf.com – Limited Edition
Anime series inspired by the wuxia genre. The Limited edition comes with collectible cards and an artbox that will hold parts 1 and 2.
Hero Tales Part 2 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Strike Witches The Complete First Season (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo) Amazon.com
Art House
Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com
Includes “Flunky, Work Hard,” “No Blood Relation,” “Apart from You,” “Every-Night Dreams,” and “Street Without End”
Classics (Cult)
Jawbreaker Amazon.com
Roger Corman’s Action-Packed Collection Amazon.com
Includes “Georgia Peaches,” “The Great Texas Dynamite Chase,” and “Smokey Bites The Dust”
Classics (Traditional)
Rope of Sand Amazon.com
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Legends – Marlon Brando Amazon.com, rightstuf.com Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Includes “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Julius Caesar,” “The Teahouse of the August Moon,” and “Reflections in a Golden Eye”
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends – Bette Davis Amazon.com
Includes “Now, Voyager,” “Dark Victory,” “Old Acquaintance,” and “Jezebel”
TCM Greatest Films: Johnny Weissmuller As Tarzan Volume 1, Volume 2
Volume 1 includes “Tarzan the Ape Man,” “Tarzan Escapes,” “Tarzan Finds a Son,” and “Tarzan and his Mate.” Volume 2 includes “Tarzan’s Secret Treasure,” “Tarzan and the Amazons,” “Tarzan’s New York Adventure,” and “Tarzan and the Leopard Woman.”
The World In His Arms Amazon.com
Comedy
Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks Amazon.com
Casino Jack Amazon.com Amazon.com
I Love You, Phillip Morris Amazon.com Amazon.com
Life Unexpected: The Complete First and Second Seasons Amazon.com
Little Fockers Amazon.com Amazon.com
The Rules of Attraction Amazon.com
Tyler Perry’s House of Payne 7 Amazon.com
Documentary
The Cove Amazon.com
Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words Amazon.com
Drama
…And Justice For All Amazon.com
Mystic Pizza Amazon.com
The People vs. Larry Flynt Amazon.com
Taxi Driver Amazon.com
Family
Babe Amazon.com
Alex: I had to see this movie 10 times when I was volunteering at a Special Olympics event in Ashland. There are no words in any language ever spoken by man, whether real or imagined, to describe how much I hate this film.
Kung Fu Panda Blu-Ray DVD Combo
Peter Pan Amazon.com
Fantasy
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader Single Disc Edition, Two Disc Edition Amazon.com
Horror
Music / Musical
De-Lovely Amazon.com
Fiddler On The Roof Blu-Ray / DVD combo
Mystery
Reality
Sarah Palin’s Alaska Amazon.com
Romance
Becoming Jane Amazon.com
Benny and Joon Amazon.com
Lars and the Real Girl Amazon.com
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Amazon.com
Science Fiction
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Amazon.com
Blaine: The next time you meet someone who argues that the screenwriter has more influence over a finished product than the director, show them this. Half of the movie is shot in Kubrick’s style, and the other half in Spielberg’s, and the result is an inconsistent mass of film. I’m not saying the screenwriter isn’t in the top two most influential people, but the director makes a bigger impact overall.
Babylon 5: Complete Series With Movies Amazon.com
Blaine: Don’t wait for the Blu-Ray on this. Due to the nature of the visual effects, there may never be a Blu-Ray release.
Tron (1982) Two Disc Special Edition Two Disc DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Tron: Legacy One Disc DVD Two Disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo, Four Disc Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo
Tron: Legacy / Tron: The Original Classic two pack Five Disc Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy in collectible Identity Disc packaging, Five Disc Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo
Sports
Friday Night Lights: Season Five Amazon.com
Alex: The final season of the series.
WWE: DX – One Last Stand Amazon.com Amazon.com
DVD covering D-Generation X’s 2009-2010 run.
Superhero
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Amazon.com
Suspense
Arabesque Amazon.com
Mirage Amazon.com
Blaine: Gregory Peck, Malter Matthau and Kevin McCarthy in a psychological thriller? I’m in.
War
The Heroes of Telemark Amazon.com
The Night of the Generals Amazon.com
Western

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “Babylon 5 is always worth owning if you don’t already. If so, go with Tron: Legacy instead.” Alex says, “Get the Tron/Tron: Legacy Blu-Ray combo pack, you won’t regret it. Also, get the soundtrack too.”

7 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks for April 5th, 2011”

  1. Fez says:

    I finally caved in and bought a Blu-Ray player yesterday, picked up a couple movies I didn’t already own but nothing that would really show off Blu-Ray really.

    I may have to buy Tron: Legacy even though I haven’t yet seen it, I’m sure I’d like it despite what some others have said about the film.

    Any other “must have” titles for Blu-Ray that anyone recommends?

    • I was particularly impressed with the new “Casino Royale” on Blu-Ray. If you want a tech showcase, look for Oscar winners in the Cinematography and sound categories. (You can kill two birds with one stone when the Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition trilogy hits Blu-Ray on June 28.) I’ve also been impressed with the authoring on the Stanley Kubrick films and Lost. Generally speaking, though, if you pick up a title just to show off the tech, you tend to be disappointed. Find a title you already know you love and start there.

      • Fez says:

        Well I wouldn’t drop the kind of cash they seem to want for most Blu-Ray titles on a movie I didn’t enjoy to begin with, but I have somewhat diverse interests in film so I figured out of a few suggestions I might find a couple gems. I’ll drop Casino Royale in the blockbuster queue for Blu-Ray and give it a try. My wife isn’t a big Bond fan, but I tend to like them. At least I can test drive them that way.

        I already own LOTR extended editions on DVD, so I probably won’t be dropping $85+ on the Blu-Ray versions, but that would be an excellent choice otherwise. I also already own the Lost box set on DVD as well (I am in the middle of rewatching it right now, just started season 6 on Friday) Come this fall I’ll probably start looking at getting future seasons of TV shows on Blu-Ray, and the first “big” purchase will likely be the Smallville box set, which I’m assuming will be available on Blu-Ray.

        • Seasons 6-9 of “Smallville” are out on Blu-Ray already, and season 5 was out in HD DVD in the past. With the announcement that season 10 will hit Blu-Ray and DVD in November instead of the usual September, I’m starting to suspect the goal is to buy time to assemble a jumbo-series-in-a-box release in both formats for November. Nothing’s formally announced, but I’d be surprised if we don’t see it.

          • Fez says:

            Yeah I’m hoping for a giant box set of Smallville 1-10, like the Stargate box set. We have bought 1-9 on DVD but we aren’t buying 10, we’re going to get the box set. (My wife and I are both big fans of the show).

            I hope they have a decent looking box, too. The Lost box set packaging is amazing.

            I’ve now shuffled around my Blockbuster queue a bit to have some Blu-Ray titles coming. We had picked up a couple of DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs in the last few months since I had been looking for a player, so we did watch Megamind last night, and it looked great.

            Now if only I had a 120Hz 1080p TV… My old 1080i TV from 2007 will have to do for now. :-)

    • octa says:

      I’ll mention the two obvious ones: Avatar and 300.

      • Fez says:

        I just didn’t care for Avatar. Blasphemy to some, I know, but I just didn’t see what the big deal about it was. It was OK, not a waste of my time by any means, and it did look pretty, but I didn’t like it well enough to own it.

        I haven’t seen 300, I may have to put it in my queue. That isn’t typically my kind of movie but I’m interested in how the visuals look.

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