Geek BD is a weekly column in which we discuss the week's blu-ray releases, both new releases and catalog titles. One title will serve as that week's pick with a selection of other notable titles mentioned. Clicking the title of a film will take you to that disc's Amazon page for ordering. This weeks new releases aren’t too exciting, unless you really loved Brave, which was admittedly one of the summer’s better films, but there are some interesting catalog releases that range from distinguished classics to genre oddities making their Blu-ray debut.
Oh, Anne Hathaway, you so pretty. I've had a huge crush on Ms. Hathaway since the Princess Diaries. Needless to say I'm excited about tonight's show. This is Catwoman' 3rd time as host (it's also Rihanna's 3rd time as musical guest, but who cares) and she always brings great energy to the show. After last weeks so-so episode with Louis C.K I've decided to not let myself overhype guests too much, but Hathaway is a proven great host. Let's just hope it isn't a musical themes episode. I hate when guests do nothing but song. Let's hope the writers have some good stuff up their sleeves this week. I'll be breaking down each skit as it played out over the evening.
In 1956, a little B-picture titled Invasion of the Body Snatchers opened across the United States, playing up the country’s fears of communism. The film struck a chord, and has since been officially remade no less than three times (1978, 1993, and 2007). The film was a rip-off of sorts of the novel The Puppet Masters, published in 1951 and written by Robert A. Heinlein (who also wrote the novel Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is loosely based on).
Hotline Miami is a hard game to describe. On the surface, it’s a particularly difficult, retro-style, top-down shooter. However, while all that is there, Hotline Miami can also be compared to works such as Nicolas Winding’s Drive, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto, Alex Proyas’ Dark City, and the works of David Lynch. Of all the comparisons that could be made, one that I would most like to make is Yager Development’s Spec Ops: The Line.
Anthony Bourdain has gained numerous types of fame throughout his storied life. He gained notoriety as a chef at New York City restaurant ‘Brasserie Les Halles’, and piled on to that notoriety with his first book, Kitchen Confidential, which detailed, among other things, his time at that restaurant, and has since added more author’s credits to his resume.
Universal have announced the blu-ray release of the most recent addition to the BSG universe, BLOOD & CHROME. The disc will contain all ten chapters of the film which will be available on YouTube prior to home video release. However, this release will also present them in an "uncut" form which will be different from that available online.
The disc is out on February 19th and is available to pre-order on Amazon.
Check out the trailer below: