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Blu-ray Releases For March

March 5, 2015

With March upon us, spring is in the air but that doesn’t mean there aren’t vsome noteworthy Blu-ray releases making their way to retailers this month. There’s quite a few titles worth noting and without further fanfare here’s a look at what you can expect this month.

As per my usual custom I’ll make note of recent theatrical films being issued first. Some of the recent spate of titles you’ll see being issued include Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (**); The Imitation Game (*** ½); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (**); the remake of Annie (** ½); Exodus: Gods and Kings (Not Screened); The Last of Robin Hood (Not Screened); Into the Woods (Not Screened); Penguins of Madagascar (Not Screened); Unbroken (***); The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (**); Interstellar (***); Foxcatcher (***) and Wild (*** ½).

Scream/Shout Factory is doing an incredible job releasing cult titles in high definition with exquisite special features.

Interstellar is out on Blu-ray

The trend continues in March. The companies offerings include a double bill of Blacula(***)Scream, Blacula, Scream (** ½); Aguirre: The Wrath of God (*** ½); Exterminators of the Year 3000 (Not Screened) and a 30th anniversary edition of Rob Reiner’s The Sure Thing (***).  And while we’re on the subject of deluxe edition Blu-ray discs, Criterion has a month of interesting releases on tap as well. These include the documentary double bill of Gates of Heaven (*** ½)Vernon, Florida (***); Hoop Dreams (*** ½); The Thin Blue Line (*** ½); The Soft Skin (*** ½); Ride the Pink Horse (not Screened) and Cries and Whispers (***).

Universal will be plumbing its vaults during the month of March for some interesting and varied titles. Their offerings will include Jesus Christ Superstar (***); Mobsters (**); a 30th anniversary edition of The Breakfast Club (*** ½) and a triple feature disc of three John Hughes films.

Warner Brothers will be issuing some of the musicals in their vaults and these include a 3-D version of Kiss Me Kate (Not Screened) Calamity Jane (Not Screened) and The Band Wagon (Not Screened). Warners will also issue a 10th anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (** ½). And while we’re on the subject of musicals, it’s worth noting that Fox will be issuing a 50th anniversary edition of The Sound of Music (***).

Miramax will be beefing up their catalog titles this month with the release of such titles as The Grifters (***); The Lookout (*** ½); The Yards (Not Screened) and Full Frontal (Not Screened).

The amazing film The Grifters is on Blu-ray

Meanwhile, Twilight Time, the company whose discs are limited to a pressing of 3000 units each, will be issuing some interesting titles as always. These include Solomon and Sheba (Not Screened); The Bounty (** 1/2); U Turn (***) and First Men in the Moon (***).

Olive Films has acquired a good chunk of the MGM/UA classic library. Their release slate for March includes The End of Violence (Not Screened); What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (***); Best Seller (Not Reviewed); Chattahoochee (Not Reviewed); The Shanghai Story (Not Screened); The Facts of Life (Not Screened); Allan Quartermain and The Lost City of Gold (Not Screened); The Beat Generation (Not Screened); Stranger at My Door (not Screened) The Quiet One (Not Screened); Without a Clue (Not Screened); Alice’s Restaurant (***); Night Game (Not Reviewed) and Vincent and Theo (***).

Finally, it’s worth noting that Sony will be issuing the 1991 film My Girl (***) and Kino will issue the Martin/Lewis comedy At War With the Army (Not Screened).

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