September Blu-ray Releases
September 4, 2014
The kids are back in school and vacations may be over but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great Blu-ray titles being issued during the month of September. This month is literally packed with more titles being issued than any time in recent memory. Without further fanfare, here’s a look at what you can expect to see.
As usual I’ll first get to the recent theatrical releases being issued. These include, Think Like a Man Too (Not Reviewed); The Fault in Our stars (***); Godzilla (**); Brick Mansions (**); Chef (***); God’s Pocket (Not Reviewed); Willow Creek (Not Reviewed); Fed Up (Not Reviewed); Ida (Not Reviewed); Draft Day (Not Reviewed); Night Moves (Not Reviewed) and the latest Transformers film: Age of Extinction (**).
If you’re a fan of director Oliver Stone’s output, September is the month for you as film fans will see the release of Stone’s films Natural Born Killers (20th anniversary edition *** ½); Any Given Sunday (** ½); Seizure (** ½); Salvador (***) and his Showtime series The Untold History of the United States (*** ½).
Warner Brothers is busying themselves with anniversary editions of multiple titles of which they control the rights. These include a 15th anniversary edition of The Green Mile; a 55th anniversary edition of Ben-Hur (*** ½); a 30th anniversary edition of Gremlins (***); a 50th anniversary edition of The Nutty Professor (***); a 75th anniversary edition of Gone With the Wind (****) and a 20th anniversary edition of both Forrest Gump (*** 1/2) and Interview With the Vampire (**).
Gable & Leigh: Gone With The Wind
The company will also see fit to release an Exorcist Anthology (Reviews vary by film); Dreamcatcher (* ½); an Audrey Hepburn Collection (Reviews vary by film); The Addams Family (***); a director’s cut of Once Upon a Time in America (***) and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (** ½).
Universal will be digging into their catalogue as well during the month. Their offerings include the 1979 version of Dracula (***); Casper (* ½); Firestarter (**); the 1932 version of The Mummy (***); The Wolfman (***) and White Noise (Not Reviewed).
Criterion will be busy doing what they do best as they offer deluxe editions of such films as Ali-Fear Eats the Soul (***); Eraserhead (***) and The Innocents (***). On a similar note, Twilight Time, a company that specializes in limited edition pressings of classic titles, will be issuing La Bamba (***); Che (**); The Dogs of War (Not Reviewed) and The Great Race (***).
Kino has recently licensed a good number of titles from the MGM library. Some of their offerings during the month of September include The Party (***); The Great Train Robbery (***); Flesh and Blood (** ½); Across 110th Street (*** ½); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (***); Cotton Comes to Harlem (***); Juggernaut (Not Reviewed); Run Silent Run Deep (Not Reviewed) and The Young Savages (Not Reviewed).
There will be several massive box Blu-ray sets containing the complete film franchises of several well known titles (and some lesser known ones). The reviews vary on all of the titles and are too numerous to mention here. These include a complete Halloween box, a Leprechaun box, a complete Saw collection, a Pumpkinhead 1 and 2 collection, and a Ghostbusters 1 and 2 collection.
With the video release of the latest Godzilla film in mind, the studios have decided to reissue quite a number of these titles. They include Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla Versus Megalon, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: All Out Monsters Attack (average review is ** ½ for these titles).
Finally, and in no particular order, the month will see the release of a 40th anniversary edition of Young Frankenstein (****) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (****); a 30th anniversary edition of Silent Night, Deadly Night (**); Short Eyes (***); Bloody Mama (** ½); Flowers in the Attic (Not Reviewed); Graduation Day (**); Prom Night (1980 ***); Blue Thunder (***); Kingpin (** ½); Meteor (**); Avalanche (** ½); Sordid Lives (** ½); Killer Fish (not reviewed) and Krull (**).
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