This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Game of Thrones,' 'Immortals,' 'To Catch a Thief' and Much More Hit DVD and Blu-ray This Week

Plus Universal delivers several more 100th Anniversary Blu-rays

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: March 5, 2012

Game of Thrones - The Complete First Season
Game of Thrones - The Complete First Season on DVD Blu-ray today
I just started watching this series a couple of days ago and knocked out four episodes in one quick clip and the show itself is great and I imagine those that haven't read the books are loving it. However, I wanted to be sure to read the first book before watching this season and having done so I must admit, for as good as they have done in condensing a ton of material it just doesn't compare. I know it's cliche and obvious to say "the books are better" but in this case there is a massive difference even though so much of what they have done works so well.

All that said, HBO has put together an impressive package for fans and those looking for more detail about the characters and world "Game of Thrones" explores. This includes in-episode guides that expand to a massive wealth of information on everything the series has to offer. In essence it fills in the details a reader of George R.R. Martin's novels and appendix would have already gained.

There are also several audio commentaries and the video and audio presentation are flawless. If I had a complaint it would be that 13 episodes are spread out over five discs. HBO certainly knows how to make a package appear larger than it is and somehow charge higher prices based on appearances. They make great stuff, but at some point they really need to throw the consumer a bone.

Buy Game of Thrones - The Complete First Season

 

To Catch a Thief
To Catch a Thief on DVD Blu-ray today
This is only $12.99 at Amazon right now... I didn't receive a review copy, and I am tempted to click on over and get myself a copy.

Buy To Catch a Thief

 

Harvey / The Deer Hunter / Out of Africa (Blu-ray)
Harvey / The Deer Hunter / Out of Africa on DVD Blu-ray today
Universal is exploiting their catalog for their 100th Anniversary and this week their dropping a whole slew of titles and this is the first time most of them have been available in high-definition including The Deer Hunter and Harvey, the latter of which being the only one of the three I'm featuring that I didn't receive and just happens to be the #1 title of those three that I would rather own. The Deer Hunter is great, but Harvey is a fantastic feel-good movie I'd love to get a look at in HD.

Several other titles are hitting Blu-ray for Universal's 100th today as well including The Blues Brothers, Meet the Parents, Despicable Me, Parenthood and The Nutty Professor. You can check out all of them at Amazon by clicking on the Buy Now link below.

Buy Harvey / The Deer Hunter / Out of Africa

 

Immortals
Immortals on DVD Blu-ray today
I liked this movie and am anxious to watch it again and plan on doing so in the next couple of days so I will reserve any manner of lengthy commentary other than to say I'm interested in watching the "Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem's Vision" featurette and find out what the alternate opening and ending are all about.

Buy Immortals

 

The Skin I Live In
The Skin I Live In on DVD Blu-ray today
I'm curious what more people will make of this film as the years go by. Recently there has been a lot of talk around these parts about what films will be remembered ten years from now... Will this be one of them?

Buy The Skin I Live In

 

Like Crazy
Like Crazy on DVD Blu-ray today
I wasn't a huge fan of this film, but people I've talked to that have been in long-distance relationships all love it. Makes sense. Is that you? If so give it a watch.

Buy Like Crazy

 

Footloose
Footloose on DVD Blu-ray today
I won't be cutting loose with this one, but Kevin did and I will have his Blu-ray review for you very soon.

Buy Footloose

 

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill on DVD Blu-ray today
I imagine this will be topping the Netflix Top Rentals chart soon enough. Yeah, that's the kind of confidence I have in the general audience.

Buy Jack and Jill

 

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  • Nick

    I read A Game of Thrones immediately after finishing the first season and I think most of the time, the show was at least as effective as the book. Thing is, the book is written in a very matter-of-fact sort of way, and the show is at its best when it deliberately goes more dramatic, puts more emphasis on what's going on. Examples: Syrio and Arya's first training scene in the end of Ep.3, Tyrion's confession, the Golden Crown scenes (ep 6), and particularly the death of a certain character that occurs at the climax - I'd be very curious to hear your thoughts about that one when you get to watch it, because I thought it was absolutely devastating on screen, but much less powerful on page. Both the book and the show are pretty excellent though, I really hope the first season gets released on DVD/BD in Russia, and soon.

  • William

    I still think it's the best book to screen show out there, possibly that I've ever seen. Some of it isn't as impressive, some of it is, and some extra scenes they added were 50/50. All in all, my favorite television show on TV at the moment.

    Grace Kelly never looked better than how she did in To Catch a Thief; the tan she had thanks to all the beach shoots probably helped.

  • GW

    I can not say enough how similar the conversations in 'Like Crazy' are to conversations I had at one point in my life. The emotions the movie made me drum up, put me back in 2005. Brad, you are on the money with your short DVD review. I probably would not have enjoyed it if it wasn't for a similar life experience.