Coming Soon To A Home Theater Near You: Coens, Pirates, Muppets, Pee-Wee

A look at the week's noteworthy new DVD and BD announcements.

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Let's close out the week with a look at some of the biggest and best DVD and Blu-ray announcements from the past seven days. For me, the most exciting news is that 20th Century Fox and MGM will be releasing a four-disc Coen Brothers Collection on BD August 30. The set includes Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, and the already-released Fargo. The titles will also be made available individually. It's a great lineup and I'm thrilled to see Raising Arizona finally (hopefully) getting the treatment it deserves, even if I'm a bit disappointed that Barton Fink won't be included.

Disney made official the upcoming Blu-ray 3D release of Beauty And The Beast: Diamond Edition, scheduling it for October 4. It appears to have exactly the same content as the currently available 2D disc, so unless you're a 3D aficionado, you're not missing anything.

In the That Was Quick Department, Amazon is already taking preorders for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. You'll be able to choose from a two-disc BD/DVD combo pack or a five-disc set including Blu-ray 3D, standard BD, DVD and digital copy. Hardcore Jack Sparrow fans will also be able to splurge on a massive 15-disc set including all four movies packaged in a treasure chest.

Universal has scheduled two of its recent theatrical releases for home video release on August 9. First up, the fugitive alien comedy Paul, starring Shaun Of The Dead's Simon Pegg and Nick Frost alongside the voice of Seth Rogen. Also arriving that day, the medieval stoner comedy Your Highness, with Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman. Both will be released on DVD and BD and both will include an unrated version along with the theatrical release. Start deciding now which version you'd like to watch first.

Magnolia has two exciting releases in store for July 5, both on DVD and BD. 13 Assassins, from the staggeringly prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, is his most acclaimed film in years and a must-see for fans of classic samurai cinema. Meanwhile, the Grindhouse-trailer-contest-winner-turned-feature-film Hobo With A Shotgun blasts onto your television. I haven't seen this one yet but any movie that gives Rutger Hauer a starring role is OK by me.

Kino International has several noteworthy titles in their August lineup. On August 16, a special edition of the landmark independent film David Holzman's Diary comes to DVD and BD, including three of director Jim McBride's early short films. This is followed on August 30 by a remastered edition of Russian film master Sergei Eisenstein's first feature, Strike, on both DVD and BD.

To whet your appetite for the upcoming Muppets feature, Sony will be releasing The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets From Space as BD/DVD combo packs on August 16. Which is nice but what would be even nicer is if Disney would bring The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper to BD and release the remaining two seasons of The Muppet Show on DVD.

Finally, if you weren't able to see the show live in Los Angeles or New York, Image is bringing The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway to DVD and BD on September 13. Mekka-lekka-hi, mekka-hiney-ho! Your wish is granted. Long live Jambi!

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Adam Jahnke has been writing about film since age 13, when he began foisting a self-published newsletter on friends and family (copies of which are now mercifully lost to the ages). In 2000, he joined the staff of the highly respected DVD website The Digital Bits, where he continues to serve as columnist…

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