There are a whole lot of goodies hitting home video this week. So much, in fact, that I've got two Picks of the Week: one new release and one cult classic.
The new kid on the block is Joel and Ethan Coen's remake of the classic True Grit (on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount). I've never been much of a fan of the John Wayne version, which I realize is heresy in some circles. Even if you love the original, you'll likely find the Coens' take a worthy successor with brilliant performances by Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and in particular, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.
Even better is Richard Rush's The Stunt Man, new on Blu-ray from Severin Films. Peter O'Toole has one of his best roles as filmmaker Eli Cross in this underrated gem. The picture seems even better today than it did back in 1980. If you've never seen The Stunt Man, you're in for a treat.
Several other classics make their high-def debut this week, led by Warner's massive Superman Motion Picture Anthology: 1978-2006. The eight-disc set includes all four movies featuring Christopher Reeve, Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, and more extras than you can shake a shard of Kryptonite at. The set's a bit pricier than any collection that forces you to own a copy of Superman IV has a right to be but hardcore Superfans probably won't let that dissuade them.
Plenty of other catalog titles are hitting Blu as well, including several Clint Eastwood films from Warner: The Outlaw Josey Wales and double feature discs of Every Which Way But Loose/Any Which Way You Can and Firefox/Heartbreak Ridge. Also from Warner, John Huston's classic The Man Who Would Be King with Sean Connery and Michael Caine. MGM/20th Century Fox are also bringing an intriguing slate of titles to Blu today, including Martin Scorsese's New York, New York, Walter Hill's fantastic western The Long Riders, Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster in Vera Cruz, the Age of Aquarius musical Hair, and the Australian drag queen comedy The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. And for those of you with a taste for the deranged (like myself), make sure to check out Charles Kaufman's 1980 subversive slasher flick Mother's Day, new on Blu from my old friends at Troma.
Turning to new releases, Sony releases Mike Leigh's critically acclaimed Another Year as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Also from Sony, the not-so critically acclaimed Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, available on DVD, BD and BD/DVD combo. From The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay, we have the recession era drama The Company Men (on DVD and BD), starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, and Maria Bello.
Just in time for the upcoming Ryan Reynolds feature, Warner Home Video presents the direct-to-video animated feature Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (on DVD and BD). In conjunction with the BBC, Warner releases American: The Bill Hicks Story, a new documentary on the life of the late, great comedian. And producer James Cameron continues to shove 3D down our collective throat with Sanctum, available from Universal on DVD, BD and, of course, Blu-ray 3D.
For the TV lover in you, Sony presents Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season on DVD and BD. Also this week: Burn Notice: Season Four (DVD only from 20th Century Fox), Leverage: The 3rd Season (DVD from Paramount), White Collar: Season Two (DVD from 20th Century Fox), Pretty Little Liars: The Complete First Season (DVD from Warner), The Big C: The Complete First Season (DVD from Sony), and Rawhide: The Fourth Season, Volume I (DVD from Paramount).
Finally, two good music releases debut today, including Spectacle: Season Two on DVD and BD from Music Video Distributors. Elvis Costello hosts this combination chat show/jam session with guests including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, The Edge, Sheryl Crow and many more. Also, the long unavailable concert film AC/DC: Let There Be Rock at last surfaces on home video. Warner offers it as a DVD or as Limited Collector's Edition DVDs and BDs, including collector cards, a souvenir guitar pick, and a 32-page book of liner notes, all in a numbered metal tin.