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Blu-ray Releases In March

March 6, 2014

Spring is upon us and so are the Blu-ray releases fir March. There are multiple new titles hitting shelves, with something surely to please everyone.

Per my usual custom, let’s take a look at the recent theatrical releases making their debut. These include the 2014 Best Picture Oscar® winner 12 Years a Slave (*** ½); The Book Thief (** ½); Inside Llewyn Davis (***); Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (** ½); American Hustle (***); Frozen (***) and The Wolf of Wall Street (*** ½). Other recent theatrical releases include the critically acclaimed foreign film The Past (***); the latest Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire (** ½); The Grandmaster (not screened); the 2013 remake of Oldboy (** ½) and the Vince Vaughn stinker Delivery Man (* ½).

Universal will be combing through their vaults during the month of March. Some of the offerings from their catalog include, Somewhere in Time (***); Fried Green Tomatoes (***); the Coen Brothers’ entry, Intolerable Cruelty (** ½); A Simple Wish (not screened); the Steven Spielberg-produced An American Tail (** ½) and the 1992 Ron Howard film Far and Away (** ½).

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Criterion will be issuing several new titles in March with the attendant bells and whistles for which their product is known. These include David Gordon Green’s debut film George Washington (***) and the Ingmar Bergman classic Persona (***). Other noteworthy special editions being released, courtesy of Shout Factory, include Slumber Party Massacre (** ½) and the 1968 cult film Wonderwall (not screened).

Warners will also be busy during the month with stand-alone releases of East of Eden, Giant and Rebel Without a Cause (previously only available in a boxed set). Other offerings from Warners include the 1988 version of Hairspray (***); Boiler Room (***); the John Wayne classics Hatari and El Dorado (not screened); and a double feature of Airplane (*** ½) and Airplane 2 (** ½).

Other noteworthy releases during this month, in no particular order, include the 1978 horror opus Patrick (** ½); Samson and Delilah (not screened); the excellent 1968 drama, The Swimmer (*** ½); the classic Scorsese film The King of Comedy (*** ½); The Agony and the Ecstasy (not screened); the 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (***); Gunfight at the OK Corral (not screened); the 1979 version of The Black Stallion (***); the 1986 kid flick The Chipmunk Adventure (not screened); The Jungle Book 2 (not screened) and the 1981 revenge film Ms. 45 (***).

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