Source Code In this complex but thrilling sci-fi actioner, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier involved in a government mission that has him pyschically transported into the consciousness of a victim of a terrorist attack, as a means to figure out who was behind it. Over and over he relives the man's last eight minutes, each time getting closer to the source...and you'll be guessing how it turns out til the credits roll. Extras: Commentary with director Duncan Jones and Gyllenhaal (DVD/BD); the BD has picture-in-picture interviews, trivia, documentary shorts and experts discussing time travel.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Onetime Superman Brandon Routh plays a supernatural detective in New Orleans who comes out of retirement to work on a murder case and uncovers a plot to bring a demon up from hell. Can he and his zombie assistant (Sam Huntington) save the world? Hmm... Extras: Nothing worth mentioning.
Ironclad Want blood and brutality? You got it in this decidedly R-rated medieval epic that stars Paul Giamatti as King John, still majorly P.O.'d over having to sign the Magna Carta. Instead of following the treaty rules he goes out and attacks a small group of rebels barricaded in Rochester Castle who stand in his way of taking all of England. Extras: Commentary by director Jonathan English (DVD/BD)
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The Blues Brothers If you're a fan of this John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd classic about the Ellwood brothers' music-laden quest to save their orphanage, you'll praise God and Universal for finally releasing both the theatrical and extended (extra 15 minutes) versions in high-definition. Not only does it look great cleaned up with sharper colors and deeper tones, they somehow managed to make it sound terrific despite using DTS 5.1 surround instead of a lossless HD mix, which given all the musical numbers is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the extras are all previously released, and in standard-def. Boo....
National Lampoon's Animal House Thanks to Apatow etc. we're inundated with ultra-crass R-rated comedies these days, so young folks unfamiliar with John Landis' envelope-pushing classic about a defiantly low-rent fraternity that virtually created the genre might find it too tame for their Hangover-loving tastes. That said, it remains a groundbreaker that, three decades later on Blu-ray, will please longtime fans and may lure new ones. The extras are as unexciting as Blues Brothers', however; old SD features are accompanied by a couple of weak U-Control features like a picture-in-picture scene companion that duplicates the already-existing cast interviews, and pop-up windows signifying which songs are playing.
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