[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.]
This week's "Pick of the Week" was almost rewarded to the wrong title. Was it going to Johnny Depp's Acid Western Dead Man? Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Seth Rogen's sci-fi comedy Paul? What about Richard Linklater's cult hit Dazed and Confused? You'll have to keep reading to find out but in the meantime let me present the real PotW:
Though I can't vouch for Disney's sequel / midquel, I can comfortably choose The Fox and the Hound 30th Anniversary Edition as the best release this week. This is one of those movies that appears in various stages of your life. There's the childhood years when this (or Old Yeller) becomes the first movie to make you cry. Then comes the internet addiction years when you somehow come across the fact that the adult version of Copper was voiced by Kurt Russell (which causes you to respect both that much more). The third stage is when you sit your own kids down and put in the Blu-ray of this animated classic and watch as they begin their lifelong love for Walt Disney.
Unfortunately The Fox and the Hound release has to follow 'Robin Hood (1973)', 'The Sword in the Stone', and 'The Rescuers Down Under' among others, in Disney's tradition of slacking in the special features department for their less popular titles. Maybe I'm just bitter because some of these are my favorite movies from the company but there should still be more than 20 min. of bonus content on any Disney release. They aren't lacking in profit anyway and I'm sure there's a treasure trove of material in the archives. A simple memo to anyone on the Disney lot would be all that's needed for someone to step up and do an audio commentary. I mean, what's Corey Feldman so busy with?
Even if you're not an animation fan, there's still a few good titles out today though I recommend Netflix-ing most. The original PotW, Dazed and Confused, makes it's debut on Blu-ray. But that version is bare bones compared to what we get on October 25th with the Criterion's Blu-ray with lots of great bonus material. I'm really looking forward to Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, a well-done documentary on the cinematographer responsible for framing Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Sophia Loren.
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