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Blu-ray Releases For June

June 5, 2014

Summer is definitely here and so is another month chock full of interesting and varied releases on Blu-ray. Here’s what you can expect to see in the month of June.

As usual, we’ll start with the spate of recent theatrical releases you can expect to see during the month. These include the Liam Neeson thriller, Non-Stop (** ½); Jack Ryan-Shadow Recruit (**); Son of God (not screened); The Lego Movie (***); Joe (***); Wolf Creek 2 (not screened); 300-Rise of an Empire (* ½); A Winter’s Tale (not screened); Lone Survivor (** ½); the foreign film, Omar (not screened); and the remake of Robocop (**).

Warners has some interesting films on tap in June as well. These include the Clint Eastwood thriller Tightrope (***); the 1955 musical Kismet (not screened); the 1994 version of Black Beauty (***) and Oliver Stone’s ‘ultimate’ director’s cut of Alexander (**). They also have control over the Paramount library and will release several of those catalogue titles during the month, which include the 1963 version of The Nutty Professor (***); Zoolander (** ½) and a release of the director’s cut of The Outsiders (** ½) on their own label.

Twilight Time, a company in the business of releasing limited editions of films no other studio seems interested in issuing, will be busy in June as well.

Ben Stiller in Zoolander

Their slate includes such offerings as the 1972 version of The Mechanic (***); Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (***); Resurrected (not screened); The Train (***) and The Man From Laramie (not screened). These titles are limited to 3000 units each so get ‘em whilst you can.

Universal will dig into their vaults as well with such releases as The Break-Up (***); You, Me, and Dupree (not screened) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (not screened). Fox, on the other hand will be offering such titles as a 4k resolution pressing of The Man With No Name Trilogy (Clint Eastwood’s Italian westerns from the 1960s-all ***); Ravenous (** ½); Kissing Jessica Stein (not screened) and The Birdcage (***).

Disney/Buena Vista will be issuing a two volume set entitled The Spike Lee Joint, which will include the films Son of Sam (**); Miracle of St. Anna (not screened); The 25th Hour (***) and He Got Game (***). On an unrelated note, the 1973 Mary Woronov cult film Sugar Cookies (not screened) will be issued by a company labeled as Vinegar Syndrome.

Finally, Criterion will be doing what they do best with such releases as the powerhouse 1974 Vietnam documentary, Hearts and Minds (****); director Douglas Sirk’s classic, All That Heaven Allows (*** ½); director Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (***) and the Beatles comedy A Hard Day’s Night (***).

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