This week is a little light on new Blu-ray releases worth checking out. But there are several re-releases that are getting significant Blu-ray upgrades. Also, there are a couple of anime picks on our list to hold us over until the summer blockbusters make their way to Blu-ray. Personally, I’m waiting for Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and The World’s End.
For now, here are our picks to kick off October.
This is the End
This is the End is probably one of summer’s biggest surprises. The story stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride as themselves. You would think that it’s a little superficial and vain to portray yourself in a movie, but that’s exactly what these comedians go for when Armageddon approaches. There’s lots of unexpected laughs in this very non-traditional apocalypse movie.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid finally gets a Blu-ray release and it’s one of my top picks for this week. This is the movie that help bring Disney animation back from the grave. Wonderful songs, beautiful animation and unforgettable characters all came together cohesively to kick-start a new era for Disney… one that would bring us Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. This is also the movie I could stick my baby nephew in front of at the time so that I could peacefully play video games in the other room. Boys will be boys.
The Wizard of Oz 3D
I know some purists will start kicking and screaming when they find out that The Wizard of Oz has received a 3D release. I’d empathize if it was Casablanca… or Citizen Kane… or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. However, in this particular case I’m all in. This is probably the first classic fantasy movie of the 20th century. It’s only right that a movie like this be brought up to modern movie-watching standards so that newer audiences can appreciate it. And, hey, the release comes with the standard Blu-ray as well so you can enjoy it as you always have done, while your kids watch it in 3D.
Hakuoki Season 3: Dawn of the Shinsengumi
For all the samurai lovers out there, we’ve got Hakuoki Season 3: Dawn of the Shinsengumi. The season focuses on a group of samurai police, called the Roshigumi. The force has been split in two by rival factions and Ryunosuke Ibuki lies trapped inside a web of deceit and assassination due to a blood debt.
Sankarea Undying Love: Complete Series
Since it is Halloween month, it’s only right that we have some undead action up on the list. So, we’re checking out Sankarea Undying Love: Complete Series. This is something of a Pet Cemetery anime. The story revolves around a guy named Furuya, whose cat dies. When he tries to bring the cat back from the dead, he discovers that real zombies exist and falls in love with one. It’s a zombie rom-com of sorts.