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DVD Shopping Bag: Alien Anthology on Blu-ray

The Look Ahead For Blu-rays and DVDs

By Robert T. Trate     August 10, 2010


The Alien Anthology on Blu-ray Box Set coming October 26th 2010
© Fox/Bob Trate

 

Yet another weak ass week of DVD and Blu-ray releases. I’ll admit that it is kind of nice to look forward to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Expendables without having a huge amount of distractions. You might have noticed in my column, as of late, I have added my top 5 picks of the week. Damn, if it wasn’t hard to come up with 5 titles for August 10th. The Complete Series of Max Headroom will be a great pick up, I hope. I remember the show being on but for some reason I never watched it. I’ll give it 3 episodes to see if I want to sit through the other 11. Outside of the first season of Titan Maximum there really isn’t much in the genre that we here at Mania love so much.
 
I try and give you Maniacs a look ahead at new titles three times a year. A chance to see what is slated for review. Rarely do I ever give you my opinion on why I pick certain titles. For the first time here is my look ahead at the new titles and my thoughts (a la the old Spinner Rack column).
 
September
 
THX 1138 (The George Lucas Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] 9/7/10 I love this film and don’t even mind the changes George made to it. Hopefully both versions are included. I’m still a purist at heart.
 
Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray] 9/7/10 Just saw it in the theater a few months back. It is a bit slow. I would pick it up for the special features.
 
Fringe: The Complete Second Season 9/14/10 Anything to hold me over until evil spicy Olivia Dunham gets back on TV.
 
Carrie [Blu-ray] 9/14/10 Just for the pigs blood scene and P.J. Soles (totally).
 
The Twilight Zone: Season One [Blu-ray] 9/14/10 Why did this Blu-ray take so long? Hopefully it was for the proper transfer.
 
Starcrash (Roger Corman Cult Classics) [Blu-ray] 9/14/10 David Hasselhoff in a Star Wars type movie. It’s so bad it becomes good again!
 
 
 
 
Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) 9/28/10 So much better than the original.
 
King Kong (Blu-ray Book) 9/28/10 It has to have a great transfer! It has to!
 
She-Ra: The Complete Series 9/28/10 When can I get a He-Man complete series?
 
 
 

Alien Anthology on Blu-ray

October
 
Grindhouse (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] 10/5/10 Finally the way it was supposed to be released.
 
Doctor Who: Dreamland (Animated) 10/5/10 I’ll take anything with Tennant as the Doctor.
 
 
Splice (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) 10/5/10 To watch other people get as uncomfortable as I was.
 
The Secret of Kells (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) 10/5/10 The animation alone is worth it and the story is incredible too.
 
 
 
Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] 10/19/10 Without a doubt a must have. Hopefully Universal will follow it up with more Hitchcock and more classic horror films.
 
Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] 10/26/10 The last pure trilogy. A classic if there ever was one.
 
Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] 10/26/10 this will be the ultimate holiday gift (check out the Fox site for the complete details). This is the Aliens box set that we have been waiting for. I’m even excited to watch 3 and 4 again!
 
 
The Releases for August 10th, 2010
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week
 
1. Max Headroom: The Complete Series (Lenticular Cover)
2. National Lampoon's Vacation [Blu-ray]
3. Titan Maximum: Season One
4. 187 (Ws Sub Amar Rpkg)
5. Magnificent Seven [Blu-ray] Starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
A Hell Of A Ride (Rental Ready) Starring David Barry and Justin Colquhoun
 
A Hell Of A Ride (Rental Ready) [Blu-ray]
 
An Empress and the Warriors [Blu-ray]
 
Beverly Hills Cop Collection (Beverly Hills Cop / Beverly Hills Cop II / Beverly Hills Cop III) Starring Eddie Murphy
 
Children of Invention (Ws) Starring Michael Chen, Cindy Cheung, and Crystal Chiu
 
Coffee Express Starring Plutarco Haza
 
The Diplomat [Blu-ray] Starring Dougray Scott
 
The Killing Room [Blu-ray] Starring Nick Cannon and Timothy Hutton
 
The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk [Blu-ray]
 
Magnificent Seven [Blu-ray] Starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen
 
Tai Chi Master [Blu-ray]
 
Triage [Blu-ray] Starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Sives
 
Triage
 
The Two Worlds Of Jennie Logan
 
ANIME
 
D Gray-Man: Season One Starring Todd Haberkorn, Luci Christian, Travis Willingham
 
La Corda D'Oro Primo: Passo: Collection 2 (2pc)
 
Naruto Shippuden, Vol. 12
 
CARTOONS
 
Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire (Looney Tunes Super Stars) Starring Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg, and Bea Benaderet
 
Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl (Looney Tunes Super Stars) Starring Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Daws Butler, and June Foray
 
Penguins of Madagascar: Happy Julien Day Starring James Patrick Stuart, Jeff Bennett, John Di Maggio
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Date Night Starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey
 
Date Night [Blu-ray]
 
Death at a Funeral Starring Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover
 
Death at a Funeral [Blu-ray] Starring Zoe Saldana and James Marsden
 
National Lampoon's Vacation [Blu-ray] Starring Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall
 
HORROR
 
Canary Starring Eli Kramer
 
Killer Weekend Starring Eric Roberts, Jake Terrell, Cherie Johnson, and Moe Irvin
 
Nightmare Alley Starring Danny Marianino, Keith Jackson, David C. Hayes
 
Posesiones Satanicas (3pc) Starring Alejandro Camacho
 
Project Solitude: Buried Alive Starring Eric Roberts, Stacy Stas, David Frye, and Michelle Belegrin
 
Roger Corman (4pc) (Tin) Starring Bruno Ve Sota
 
Things
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Clone Hunter (Ws Dol) Starring Ben Thomas
 
Titan Maximum: Season One
 
Under the Mountain Starring Sam Neill, Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride, and Oliver Driver
 
TV LAND
 
Adam-12: Season Five Starring Martin Milner and Kent McCord
 
Max Headroom: The Complete Series (Lenticular Cover) Starring Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Chris Young, and Jeffrey Tambor
 
Numb3rs: The Final Season
 
Numb3rs: The Complete Series Starring Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, and Alimi Ballard
 
Trauma: Season One Starring Derek Luke, Anastasia Griffith, Aimee Garcia
 
UNDENIABLE CLASSICS
 
187 (Ws Sub Amar Rpkg) Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, John Heard, and Tony Plana
 
Little Women (1933) (B&W Amar Rpkg)
What's Up Doc? [Blu-ray] Starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn
 
BOX SETS
 
Silver Screen Cowboys (4pc) (Tin) Starring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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karas1 8/10/2010 3:53:44 AM

Yes, Max Headroom is worth your time.  And money.  Perhaps it looks a little dated now but it's satire of TV networks is even more relevant than it was in the 80s.

And really, Matt Frewer.  What more really needs to be said.

jppintar326 8/10/2010 5:10:31 AM

I am going to need one big shopping bag this Christmas.  That is great stuff coming out.  Also coming out is a new Blu ray of The Third Man and Apocalypse Now (which includes the original version, the longer version, and Heart of Darkness:  A Filmaker's Apocalypse all in one set)

Hobbs 8/10/2010 6:45:38 AM

I never made it through THX without falling asleep and I tried four times.  Don't bet on Lucas putting both versions out there, he likes sucks..er...fans to double and triple dip as much as possible.

The Alien Anthology isn't worth upgrading for.  It's smart of Fox to put it together but there isn't enough new items on it to update it from my quadrilogy I bought several years ago and I don't need it on blu ray.

IM2, Tron blu ray, Inception, and the Pacific are the only DVD's I see myself adding to the collection rest of year...thus far.

peak37pt 8/10/2010 8:48:56 AM

 Wow, I'm going to be bankrupt. 

redhairs99 8/10/2010 9:00:57 AM

Finally, they are putting out Grindhouse the way it was shown in theaters.  Granted, Death sucked, but I'll pick up this blu-ray just for Planet Terror and the faux trailers.

I'm with you, Hobbs, on the Alien box set.  I have Quadrilogy and see the need to upgrade.  Surprisingly, the director's cut of Alien 3 is pretty decent at least until the final 30 minutes or so.

Can't wait for Back to the Future and Pyscho on Blu-ray!  North By Northwest on Blu was AWESOME!

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