Last week's major release was a 70-year-old classic, and coincidentally today brings yet another iconic film that's actually two years older. "Snow White" was Disney's first animated feature, and appropriately enough it marks the launch of their new "Diamond Series" Blu-ray line. But blasts from the past aren't the only highlights of the week, as Jack Black and Michael Cera rock it old school in today's DVD Report.
"Year One" combines the talents of mega-producer Judd Apatow and legendary director Harold Ramis for a old-fashioned road trip through the ancient world. Starring Black and Cera as down-on-their-luck cavemen, the film draws together an eclectic cast from the comedy scene, including Paul Rudd, David Cross, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hank Azaria and many others. "Year One" had an underwhelming response at the box office, but Sony is hoping this Blu-ray and DVD release will bring in new fans. Audio commentary with Raims, Black and Cera is included along with a bevy of special features ranging from deleted scenes to cast interviews and a gag reel.
From one trip through time to a timeless classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is a landmark achievement in cinema and now the film gets the full-fledged reestoration treatment. The "Diamond Series" release features a jaw-dropping remastering of the 1937 musical and presents it like never before. Crystal clear with stunning colors and a remarkable 7.1 channel audio track, "Snow White" also expectedly collects a series of special features related to the making of the film and its significant place in movie history.
Today's also a good day to be a horror fan, as a number of fright-filled titles make their Blu-ray bow onto store shelves. Universal lets loose a "Wolf," "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" trifecta alongside Warner's "Ghost Ship" (a guilty pleasure of mine), while Lionsgate pushes out another run of their Ghost House series of films. But perhaps most of note is the release of "Trick r Treat," a film that's gained a cult following in horror circles (read our interview with the film's writer/director here).
One of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year gets a release: "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" follows an also-ran '80s metal band that never quite made it...or gave up. The inspirational film is a great underdog tale and its a source of joy that the doc has allowed these dedicated musicians to finally get the glory they've been long seeking. You can check out Kurt Loder's review of the film here.
For the ladies, the romantic comedy "My Life in Ruins" makes its home video debut -- the film stars "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" sensation Nia Vardalos. A series of animated classics also drops on Blu-ray: "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Horton Hears a Who."
Also of note is filmmaker Ken Burns' latest documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," which may sound glacial and tedious, but is actually a moving and fascinating portrait of our nation's conservatory history.
DVD AND BLU-RAY NEWS:
Summer megablockbuster "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" lands November 3, and Robert Rodriguez' family-friendly "Shorts" will hit stores November 24, with Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi's pseudo-doc "Paper Heart" coming a week later on December 1. The surprising box office hit "Julie & Julia arrives December 8, and Warner Bros. has announced that Sean Penn's acclaimed "Mystic River" will be coming to Blu-ray January 19.
Next Tuesday's a big one for theatrical titles, with Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell," Will Ferrell's "Land of the Lost," Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynold's "The Proposal" all dropping. We also get a number of notable Blu-ray releases, including "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" and Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers."