[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.]
Another release week with great titles and equally great treatment on Blu-ray and DVD. From one of the best movies ever made to possibly the worst movie ever made, we have it all. When I say "worst", I mean I wouldn't doubt if zero copies are sold. The rest of our titles are solid choices and most of them could have been any other week's "Pick of the Week". But our decision wasn't as much a decision as it was a necessity. I know every single reader will agree with us on this one. As for our usual disclaimer, we count on your support in buying from Amazon through the links below. It allows us to continue giving our honest recommendations of new releases.
Ever heard of To Kill a Mockingbird? Well, it's out on Blu-ray this week which means Atticus, Scout, Jem, Dill, and Boo all in high-def. If my job in writing this column is to convince you that the movies we love are worth buying, then I get the week off. Gregory Peck took acting to a whole new level with this one and created a character that men, both young and old, will be able to look up to for years to come. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of racism and humanity was brought to the screen expertly back when filmmakers had no problem with the issue of whether the movie or book is better. They made classic movies based on classic books and all was well. This was one of them.
This Blu-ray features all the bonus material from the "Legacy Series" DVD release which was excellently done. Unfortunately, they haven't been ported over in high-defitinition and there's really nothing new here. The bottom line is that this is probably going to be the best release of this title that we see for this format so don't hold your breath for an extra featurette or two years down the road. If you can wait that long for To Kill a Mockingbird on Blu then you're not that big of a fan anyway, just a completist.
One of the most enthusiastic directors ever, Martin Scorsese, has a four hour documentary out this week where he discusses his love for U.S. cinema. His passion is contagious and this is not to be missed by anyone that frequents our site. Then, in the midst of all the other titles is a horrendous looking DVD-R with a 'Pulp Fiction' "homage" cover called Takin' Out the Trash. This thing is only 33 minutes (thank God) but that's still 34 minutes too long. If anyone out there has the money to waste on this one, please upload some footage so our curiosity can be at ease. I can guarantee that I would rather watch someone actually take out the trash for half an hour than watch this movie / short film / artsy turd.
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