Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray) Criticize This! Pick of the Week – As someone who grew up watching Harrison Ford cracking a whip, taking down Nazis, and going on wild adventures, I’ve been anticipating the release of the Indiana Jones films on Blu-ray for a long, long time. Thankfully, Paramount has gone above and beyond the call of duty with Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures and it is no doubt one of the best Blu-ray collections to ever come along. Each film in the series has been masterfully restored for a perfect 1080p presentation along with some ear-shattering 5.1 DTS-HD sound mixes. Raiders of the Lost Ark is the most stunning of the bunch and completely won me over and made me forget I had seen it a hundred times before (it’s no wonder Spielberg pushed for it to get an IMAX release after the work they put into it). Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are also quite wonderful, and even Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is worth another watch it looks and sounds so good (unfortunately they didn’t go back and rewrite it). Special features are loaded and include original trailers, numerous making-of documentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and much more. If this is not on the top of your Christmas wish list you might want to add it right now. Box set ***** (out of 5 stars).
The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-ray) – On the surface The Cabin in the Woods is about a group of college kids going away for the weekend to a secluded cottage in the middle of nowhere. But something is not right when they get there and they begin to notice they’re all acting a little off. And that’s about all I can really say about the film without spoiling it because this isn’t a straightforward horror flick. No, it’s a horror flick written and produced by Joss Whedon and is something totally unique and amazing that only gets better with repeat viewings. The Blu-ray release makes the film shine both visually and audibly and is a must-have for fans and a must-see if it’s your first time watching. Special features include audio commentarty with writer-director Drew Goddard along with Joss Whedon, making-of featurettes, and more. A digital copy of the film is included. Film **** Blu-ray **** (out of 5 stars).
The Loved Ones – After it premiered in the Midnight Madness programme at TIFF back in 2009 I expected The Loved Ones to take the horror genre by storm and for director Sean Byrne to be the next Peter Jackson. Neither happened, and The Loved Ones has been sitting on a shelf collecting dust and Byrne has not made another film. Described as Pretty in Pink meets Misery, the story is about a girl getting revenge on a boy after he rejects her invite to the prom. It’s bloody and twisted and oh, so much fun. While I’m happy the film is finally getting a release there is no Blu-ray for it yet and the DVD is quite worthless with the only bonus material being cast and crew interviews. Xavier Samuel and Robin McLeavy star. Film *** DVD * (out of 5 stars).
Also available to Watch @ Home this week is the comedy-drama Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the straight-to-DVD Disney title Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, and the crazy killer shark film Bait 3D.