When the boyfriend got his fancy 3-D television, I was gave him some shit about the silliness of the whole thing. He had to buy the 3-D television, the 3-D Blu-ray player and the 3-D glasses. That’s a lot of money to shell out. But after viewing some 3-D Blu-rays, I gotta say it’s pretty cool.
And now … I want one.
This fall, two sets are coming that I really want for their 3-D content. For the first time ever, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder” will be available on home video in its original 3-D presentation. Universal is also releasing “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” which will have “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” in its original 3-D presentation.
Now all they need to do is hook us up with “House of Wax” in 3-D!
Must. Resist. Urge. For. 3-D. Television.
After months and months of trying to find the two out-of-print Criterion titles I wanted the most … I found them! And in the space of about a month too. I am now the proud owner of their editions of “Ran” (new and still sealed) on DVD and “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on Blu-ray. I paid more for “Ran” than I really wanted to. But, I was surprised to find “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on half.com for under $50. It has been selling for upwards of $100+ for a used copies on eBay and even more for new copies on Amazon.
One of my daily routines had become checking various sites for cheap copies of these Criterion editions. With them now in my greedy, consumerist hands … I gotta say that life has felt a little like it’s lost some of it purpose. Now what can I hunt down and buy? Heh.
On June 12th, Criterion releases one of my favorite movies!
FILMMAKER-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:
- New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Brian Tufano, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Two audio commentaries: one by director Danny Boyle and the other by screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald
- New interviews with stars Christopher Eccleston, Kerry Fox, and Ewan McGregor
- Digging Your Own Grave, a 1993 documentary by Kevin Macdonald on the making of the film
- Andrew Macdonald and Kevin Macdonald’s video diary from the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, where they shopped around the script for Shallow Grave
- Shallow Grave trailer and Trainspotting teaser trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp
Damn that Amazon and their Gold Box Deals!!! I just couldn’t pass up all five seasons of the original series of “The Twilight Zone” on Blu-ray for a super sweet price. I am never gonna get that credit card paid off.
For some crazy reason the local Best Buy has the Blu-ray set of “Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series” stickered at $36.99 retail (not the $74.99 retail it should be). SCORE!!!
The Criterion Collection had a contest on their Facebook page a few weeks ago where fans could do their own product shots putting the movie in a setting that would be in context of the movie. They called it “Films in Context” and I ended up submitting seven photos. Some of the ones I did worked pretty well, some didn’t and some I photoshop-ed together just for hell of it. They were going to pick 10 finalists and then the Facebook page followers could vote on which one they liked the best. Apparently, they received 1,300 entries. So, ten “Honorable Mentions” were awarded as well because the quality of the submissions were so high. The top photo of this post (for the movie “Gomorrah“) was chosen as one of the honorable mentions. It was pretty cool to crack the top 20 out of 1,300 submissions. I am a little bummed that my picture for “Videodrome” didn’t get any play … because I thought it was pretty swank.
I went a little nuts at the Barnes and Noble’s Criterion Collection 50% Off Sale.
Oh … My … God. This news has made my year!!!
Tom and Jerry! Remastered! Uncut! Uncensored! In Chronological Order!
I need to go change my underwear now.
Out on DVD and Blu-ray today is “Fringe: The Complete Second Season!” I, for one, am super excited as I only got to see up to the mid-season break before “Seussical” destroyed my brain. Now I can catch up with Dunham, Walter and Peter (mmmm … Joshua Jackson!!!).
My next upgrade from the DVD collection has been announced for October 26th … ’cause, honestly, how can I not have “Alien” and “Aliens” in high definition. Time to start saving my pennies!!!
Needless to say, I am pretty damned excited about this. I am sure that Dr. Phibes is too … after his visit from Santa this past year. The release date is February 2nd … less than one month away!!!
November 10 is gonna be an excellent day!!!
And yes, I do realized the contradiction of posting about bloody horror in one post and fluffy animation in the next.