Before we get into this week's new releases, I have a deal to bring to your attention, which is Amazon is selling the Coen Brothers Collection on Blu-ray for $19.99, which includes Blood Simple, Fargo, Miller's Crossing and Raising Arizona. You can pick that up right here.
I did not receive a review copy of this title, though I did try, which tells me I have either been shunned by Sony or my email is going in the Junk Mail box on the opposite side of the digital spectrum. Oh well, it looks like I will be adding it to my Wish List as I really do love Lawrence of Arabia and owning it on Blu-ray would be excellent, though it's also a film I still want to be sure and see in the theaters one day, especially now that it has been restored and will look better on the big screen than ever.
As for this new release, there is a $65 collector's set option (pictured) and a $19.99 option... I'll be going the cheaper option, but that's just me.
Savages (Unrated Blu-ray)
I still plan on watching the unrated edition of this even though I didn't like the theatrical version all that much. 11 extra minutes has to include something of note right? I mean, that's a lot of additional footage.
It has now been two Pixar films in a row that I have not requested a review copy of their latest Blu-ray release. Fortunately Finding Nemo arrives December 4 on Blu-ray and I will be able to remember what a great Pixar film looks like.
This film is much funnier than anyone gave it credit for. This and That's My Boy are both better than the reviews claimed. Granted, neither are worth purchasing, but I would definitely say a rental is in order if only for Richard Ayoade.
Trilogy of Life
Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life" arrived at my doorstep yesterday, suffice to say, I have not had a chance to even remove the cellophane yet, though I do hope to dig into his adaptations of Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and The Arabian Nights soon. The package certainly looks impressive.
Pixar Short Films Collection 2
You've likely seen all the shorts this collection holds, but I imagine some of you will be just excited to see them again. This second set of Pixar short films includes Your Friend the Rat, Presto, Burn-E, Partly Cloudy, Dug's Special Mission, George & A. J., Day & Night, Hawaiian Vacation, Air Mater, Small Fry, Time Travel Mater and the most recent title La Luna.
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We're beyond the mid-year mark so it's time to begin taking a closer look at this year's Oscar predictions as the doors are now open to the Best Actor category with frontrunners such as Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio.