Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Retail Therapy for Geeks: Recent Blu Purchases

Amazon.com was having a really good sale on Blu-ray discs over the weekend so what's an unemployed geek gal to do but spend some money! At $10 a BD it was too good to pass up so I picked up 3 pretty awesome flicks.

Overlooked when it was originally released in theaters Dark City has become a cult hit in the years following. Although I own Dark City on DVD this Director's Cut on blu is totally worth the re-buy since it has been re-mastered in high-def. There are some extra commentaries and factoid stuff just in case you need to know EVERYTHING there is to know about the film. It's a trippy movie that stars Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly,  and Kiefer Sutherland prior to him saving the world in 24 hours while pointing a gun and yelling at everybody. A worthwhile movie to own at regular price or at a discounted price (although getting it on the cheap is always great).

Before she became a high-falutin' Oscar winning director, Kathryn Bigelow directed the pretty kick-ass vamp flick Near Dark. Despite the unfortunate new cover art for this Blu-ray release, which is an obvious look-a-like to something from Twilight's marketing ads, the vampires in this film are far from sparkly! It's a nice look at the early film work of Bigelow, actor Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli in Heroes) and the bonus appearance of Aliens Bishop (Lance Henriksen), Hicks (Bill Paxton) and Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) as vampires just pushes the kick-ass factor to 11 . A dark and gritty film with even darker humor Near Dark is a must have film for lovers of REAL vampires. 

Look, much respect goes to the original 1958 The Fly with Vincent Price but there is no beating Jeff Goldblum as Brundlefly!
See what I mean?! All ickyness aside David Cronenberg's The Fly is a true horror movie in every sense of the word and one of the best to come out of the 80's. I remember seeing this as a young girl and being so grossed out but pleasantly amused (is that normal for a 9 year old?) and engaged by this science gone awry story. I'm looking forward to watching this and being grossed out once again but this time in high-def! This is my first time buying this movie on any disc format (I might have a VHS copy laying around somewhere) but I would have gladly purchased this again if I had already owned it on DVD.