Monday, May 5 2014, 06:04 PM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 6, 2014
(KUTV) This week's releases are dominated by re-issues and Blu-ray debuts. Leading the meager pack of new titles is the big screen debut of Veronica Mars, the beloved television series about a teenage sleuth that was resurrected seven years after it was canceled by a Kickstarter campaign and a trio of lesser-known titles in Still Mine, a drama starring James Cromwell and Ronan Rees, the German World War II TV mini-series Generation War and the crime comedy The Art of the Steal starring Kurt Russell and Jay Baruchel.
Television series released this week include the Blu-ray debut of Little House on the Prairie: Season Two, as well as the DVD releases of China Beach: Season 3 (which was just awarded “Best Vintage TV Series” in the 4th Annual Home Media Magazine) as well as the fourth season of the Canadian cop drama Rookie Blue.
With the theatrical release of a new Godzilla film only two weeks away Section 23 and Sony are releasing a batch of Godzilla films on Blu-ray for the first time. The Section 23 titles are Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster (Ebirah - Horror of the Deep from 1966, 1971's Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster) and 1972's Godzilla Vs. Gigan (Godzilla on Monster Island). The Sony titles are all double features that focus primarily on the Japanese release from the 1990s including Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991)/Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)/Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla (1994) and the final two Japanese Godzilla films Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)/Godzilla : Final Wars (2004).
Mel Brook's classic comedy Blazing Saddles celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new Blu-ray release while Revenge of the Nerds, Bachelor Party and Weekend at Bernie's, a trio of distinctly '80s titles, appear on Blu-ray for the first time.
Those that prefer something that could only have happened in the 1990s have the Speed/Speed 2 double feature Blu-ray to celebrate with.
Older dramas newly released on Blu-ray include 1939's The Women starring Joan Crawford, Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep in 1995's The Bridges of Madison County, Steven Spielberg's slavery drama Amistad and the more lighthearted The Terminal starring Tom Hanks and the Tilda Swinton starring The Deep End from 2001.
War War II films coming to Blu-ray this week include Samuel Fuller's classic drama The Big Red One, 1990's Memphis Belle starring Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz as part of a B-17 bomber crew and 1962's The Longest Day, the D-Day epic starring John Wayne, Robert Ryan and Richard Burton.
Elsewhere the Criterion Collection brings Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole to Blu-ray while Cary Roan does the same with a newly minted 4k transfer of the classic horror film White Zombie.
Also a trio of Alfred Hitchcock titles Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds, previously available in various box-set releases, appear on separately on Blu-ray for the first time.
By: Ryan Michael Painter
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