[Our editor, Emily Bloom, brings you the best new releases in her "DVD / Blu Review" article. No filler, no hype, only movies and TV shows we personally buy.]
If every week has as many great new releases as this first week, my job will be pretty easy. With titles from Sean Connery, Charlton Heston, Denzel Washington, and Gamera, the only hard part is choosing a "Pick of the Week". My picks will be based on the overall fun factor of the movie (since that's what movies are all about), the special features included, and to a lesser extent the picture and audio quality. That's why, for the premiere week of the "DVD / Blu Review" column, I choose:
The king of 80's sword & sorcery movies. Obviously this release is meant to coincide with 'Conan the Barbarian (2011)' but as long as they don't alter cover art to confuse people without common sense then I'm fine with it. Conan: The Barbarian is one of those fun movies I mentioned earlier, the audio / visual aspects live up to the format, and the special features are pretty solid. All the bonus content from the Collector's Edition DVDs has been carried over along with about 30 minutes of new material.
One such featurette is 'Art of Steel' which covers the making of the film's weaponry and has a personal connection to me. One of my favorite (nerd) pastimes is checking out the newest props and costumes at Planet Hollywood (coincidentally launched with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger) on my trips to Myrtle Beach. The coolest thing I've seen so far? Conan's Atlantean sword. A close second is the 'Planet of the Apes' gun that hangs over the entrance but that's another story. Despite not including multiple long lost scenes, here are the extras that make up this fine set:
But don't forget the other titles out this week including Conan's underappreciated and overly bashed sequel, Conan the Destroyer. Once again the 4 Film Favorites collections prove to be one of the best things to happen to DVD. Charlton Heston's set is good for Soylent Green and The Omega Man while the Epic Adventures set has the original Clash of the Titans and Antony and Cleopatra (Heston again). Lastly, I'm too big of a kaiju fan to not include Mystery Science Theater 3000's fun yet overly priced release MST3K vs. Gamera.
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