Lots of quality catalog titles hitting Blu-ray this week. I’m most looking forward to revisiting History of Violence, David Cronenberg’s excellent look at the long-term effects of violence on a man’s life. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cronenberg without at least a few shots to remind you how frail the human body is. I’m also a fan of Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, and I’m glad to see that the Blu-ray release will have both the Director’s Cut and the far superior Theatrical Cut; it’s another example of a film where post-release fiddling lessened both its quality and its impact.
Also threatening to bust my entertainment budget is the Blu-ray release of Raging Bull, one of the movies that made both DeNiro and Scorcese the legends they are today. I’m curious about Chocolate, a martial arts movie in the vein of Ong Bak, whose story is about an autistic woman using her intense fighting skills to collect debts owed her late mother by a criminal organization. Video game fans should not check out Doom and Street Fighter, unless you are looking for camp. Speaking of camp, the cult classic Boondock Saints hits Blu-ray to underwhelm and disappoint a whole new crowd of people who might have heard about it from a friend who swears it’s “totally awesome!”. That person is not your friend.
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Not Pictured: The Rundown; The Way of War; Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound
Thanks for reading Add to Queue, GameSpite’s weekly round-up of US Blu-ray release highlights. Sorry, rest of the world; region locks are the industry’s way of saying they still don’t understand the Internet. Cover art courtesy of Amazon. Follow Levi Tinney on Twitter, or add him to your PSN or XBL friends list: VsRobot. You can also contact him via e-mail via levivsrobot [at] gmail [dot] com. Today (February 10th) is his 30th birthday.