Thursday, August 08, 2013

Coming Soon to Blu-ray...

I'm looking forward to several re-issues and films coming to Blu-ray for the first time. One of my favorite neglected films from the 70s is the 1978 Walter Hill film The Driver, a very neo-noir-ish movie that provides Ryan O'Neal with his coolest role ever. This edition is limited to 3000 copies, but I'd love to snag one. 

All the President's Men is getting a two-disc treatment on November 12, what I hope to be a step up from the DigiBook (Man, I hate those things...) edition.

Just around the corner are two must-buy films. Shane is going on sale August 13 and no matter how many times you've seen it, I can't imagine it looking better than it will on this Blu-ray. Just look at these screenshots. Man....

Also the superb To Be or Not To Be will be released by Criterion on August 27. I loved this movie when I saw it streaming on Hulu Plus a few months back and can't wait to revisit it.

I have my suspicions that Marathon Man may be an iffy transfer (Even the cover looks bad...), based on the reviews of the British Blu-ray, but we'll just have to wait until September 10 and ask, "Is it safe?" (Sorry.... If you've seen the movie, you'll understand.)

Finally, one I've been waiting for a long time, Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, which is also getting a two-disc treatment. From the Amazon product page, however, it looks like the second disc is just a DVD copy. Even though this is going to be released in the loathsome DigiBook format, I'll still probably pick it up. Available November 5. 

1 comment:

orangerful said...

Why do they even MAKE that Digibook format anymore?? Everyone hates it. It's just so ugly.

Poor "Marathon Man", more of a cult classic than anything else, I bet the film itself wasn't taken good care of after the fact so it might be hard to restore. It's sad to think how many movies might be lost because no one really thought about preserving them...where were the librarians? ;-)