Friday, January 4, 2013

My Favorite Blu-rays of 2012

My Favorite Blu-rays of 2012

The Avengers
This fun flick translates very well to home theater. Super picture and sound plus, plenty of extras.  An excellent release.

The Muppets
Missed it in theaters because I did not think if could re-capture the old magic.  I was wrong.  A true love letter to The Muppets and the fans.

The Cabin In The Woods
A movie that rewards multiple viewings. great picture and sound, nice extras.

John Carter 3D
An interesting tale that does justice to the source material. Excellent video and surround, lots of extras.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
A breathless action movie with a razor sharp transfer.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter 3D
Another book adaptation that stuck close to the source novel. A guilty pleasure, extremely well done. The few extras are interesting.

Prometheus 3D Collectors Edition
With a few large lapses in logic, this mostly intelligent sci-fi epic gets better with multiple viewings. This edition has a 3.5 hour, slickly produced, documentary plus the usual assortment of extras.  If the movie had been better, this would be the Blu-ray of the year.

Great movie, accurate transfer, immersive sound and cool extras. Worthy all the way around.

My favorite comedy of the year gets a very solid Blu-ray release.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D
Better than the second one with great 3D effects. Extras are a little light.

21 Jump Street
The surprise comedy of the year, who knew it would be this funny?

The Classics

Bond 50
All 22 movies in one box for a decent price...with room for Skyfall.  Tons of extras.  A perfect set.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
One of the most sought-after film collections hit Blu-ray with impressive results.

Titanic 3D
The crowd pleaser finally comes to high def in perfect form. The 3D version is spread over two discs.

The restoration does wonders; aside from the clothes, hair and cars, the movie looks brand new.

Lawrence Of Arabia
One of the greatest films of all time was released in an epic boxset full of extras.

Battle Royale - The Complete Collection
The controversial classic makes Hunger Games look like a Disney flick.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail
It will never be the prettiest picture due to it's low budget nature, but it sure looks better than ever. Plus, a digital copy to take the laughs anywhere!


Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
The 2007 concert in HD glory and thundering sound. Essential.

Steven Wilson - Get All You Deserve
The Porcupine Tree frontman's solo debut live release perfectly captures the elements of his solo tour.

Alter Bridge - Live At Wembley
A big step up fromtheir first Blu-ray release. A must own.

Metallica - Quebec Magnetic
On par with their previous Blu-ray releases with even better audio.

Iron Maiden - En Vivo!
Another solid HD release from Maiden. Up The Irons.

Gojira - The Flesh Alive
French metal band Gojira put together a nice HD gift for fans with video from three different shows.


Game Of Thrones - The Complete First Season
Breaking Bad -
The Complete Fourth Season
Star Trek: The Next Generation -
Seasons One and Two
Justified -
The Complete Second Season
Fringe -
The Complete Fourth Season
Person Of Interest -
The Complete First Season
Wilfred -
The Complete First Season

Guilty Pleasures nice to have in HD

 Little Shop Of Horrors (Director's Cut with Restored Alternate Ending)
One of my favorite musicals finally gets restored to it's original vision.

Blade Trilogy
All three movies look and sound great. True guilty pleasures.

The Raid: Redemption
You want action, look no further.

This thriller across time holds up remarkably well.

Underrated "High Noon" in space, a solid sci-fi thriller.

More heart than most comedies.

They Live
A John Carpenter classic gets a nice release.

A haunting gem with Denzel Washington and a great cast.

Altered States
The trippy visuals hold up in HD.

Dumb sci-fi action fun and a razor sharp Blu-ray.