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Finally, some Blu-ray titles worth owning

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So far, a few decent titles have been released as Blu-ray exclusives, but hardly any of them have been must-haves. For me, Casino Royale, The Descent, The Devil’s Rejects and Kingdom of Heaven are the only titles that would fall into that category, with only The Descent standing out as a near-classic. All that will change in October, however, when Starz Home Entertainment/Anchor Bay will release their first slate of titles. DavisDVD has the scoop on the cover art, rough specs and release dates of their initial line-up:

October 2nd, 2007: Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Evil Dead II and Day of the Dead
October 16th, 2007: Masters of Horror Season 1 Volume 1 (Cigarette Burns, Dreams in the Witch-house, The Fair Haired Child), Masters of Horror Season 1 Volume 2 (Jenifer, Sick Girl, Deer Woman)
November 6th, 2007: Beowulf & Grendel
November 13th, 2007: Masters of Horror Season 1 Volume 3 (Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, Dance of the Dead, Pick Me Up)
December 11th, 2007: Masters of Horror Season 1 Volume 4 (Imprint, Homecoming, Haeckel’s Tale, Chocolate)

I’ll definitely be picking up all of the October 2nd releases, and am currently undecided on Masters of Horror. I’ll probably get Volume 2 for Jenifer, so I can own some HD Argento, even if it’s bottom drawer HD Argento, but I’m not convinced I can see myself splurging on the other volumes. I’ll probably wait to see what my finances are like at the time, or perhaps look into the prospect of a review copy or two. Beowulf & Grendel is the odd one out in this otherwise horror-themed line-up, and I can’t see myself rushing out to pick it up… although it does star Sarah Polley, who can make just about anything watchable (why else d’you think I’m buying the Dawn of the Dead remake on HD DVD?). One thing’s for sure, Anchor Bay are to be commended for having the guts to step into the murky waters of high definition, and I sincerely hope the sales of these releases persuade them to continue releasing titles on Blu-ray. (How ‘bout those Tenebre and Phenomena special editions - pleeeeease?)

Specs for the first four releases are as follows, by the way: 1080p transfers (duh), PCM 5.1 audio, and all of the extras from the standard definition releases. Each disc will carry an RRP of $29.97. No word on the video codec - I’m just hoping it’s not MPEG2, which their HD distributor, MGM, favours. Oh, and I’m assuming Dawn of the Dead is just the standard theatrical cut.

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2007 at 12:36 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Gialli | HD DVD



Halloween and Day of the Dead! What did you think of Day? I thought it was the best entry in the series after Night

Posted by: aw, July 17, 2007 4:59 PM


I haven’t seen Day of the Dead, actually. Of the rest, my favourite is Night of the Living Dead, with Land of the Dead (does it count?) being the weakest.

Posted by: Whiggles, July 17, 2007 5:27 PM


"I haven't seen Day of the Dead, actually. Of the rest, my favourite is Night of the Living Dead, with Land of the Dead (does it count?) being the weakest."

Hummmm ok...
see DAY, like right NOW!

Posted by: ARCVILE, July 19, 2007 4:17 AM


I’ll see it when it comes out on Blu-ray on October 2nd.

Posted by: Whiggles, July 19, 2007 7:25 AM

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