All I Want for Christmas… Part 2

Part 2 of my home video picks. These Blu-rays and DVDs are all released in time to be bought for Christmas presents. There are plenty of DVDs angling for stocking space, but these are three of the better ones.

Super 8

One of my favourite films of the year, Super 8 is a must see for fans of Spielberg’s 1980s blockbusters. Directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, the film a group of teenagers shooting a movie who witness a terrifying crash. Super 8 pays homage to Spielberg’s classic sci-fi/adventure films, mixing nostalgia with pure entertainment. Rated 12, the film should be enjoyed by teens as well as adults who remember the films Super 8 pays homage to. The film is out on Triple Play Blu-Ray and DVD today. The DVD features a commentary plus two featurettes, while the Blu-Ray features a host of extras.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes 

Along with Super 8, Rise of the Planet of the Apes stood out among this summer’s blockbusters. Many were dubious about the film, a prequel to the science-fiction classic Planet of the Apes. However, director Rupert Wyatt delivered an unexpectedly good blockbuster, which offered a sound narrative as well as impressive special effects. Released on DVD and Blu-Ray today, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will surely be a welcome gift for anyone who enjoyed the film this summer. The DVD features deleted scenes, whilst the Blu-ray offers a number of featurettes, as well as audio commentaries.

Horrible Bosses

One for older viewers, the 15-rated Horrible Bosses is out on DVD and Triple Play Blu-Ray now. 2011 has not exactly been a vintage year for Hollywood comedy, but Horrible Bosses stands out as one of the better ones. Featuring a stellar cast, the film is about three disgruntled employees who plot to murder their bosses. There are some great jokes, although the film is worth watching for Jennifer Aniston’s star turn alone. The Blu-Ray offers some great extras including interviews with the cast, featurettes and additional scenes.

All I Want for Christmas… Part 1

Christmas is almost upon us, and we are in the midst of the present-buying window. There are several Blu-rays and DVDs which have recently been released, or will be released in time for Christmas. In the next month or so, I will be featuring my picks of home video goodness.

The Lion King

Following the recent success of the cinematic re-release, The Lion King is being released on 3D Blu-ray. Originally released in 1994, The Lion King was one of the shining jewels of Disney’s very success period of the 1990s. The film is pretty much guaranteed to bring a tear to even the most black-hearted of souls. The film is being released on 3D Blu-ray and Diamond Edition DVD, both of which feature a whole host of extra features. The Lion King is available from 7th November 2011.

Beauty and the Beast

One of my all-time favourite Disney films, Beauty and the Beast was recently on 3D Blu-ray and Diamond Edition DVD. For those lucky enough to own a 3D television, the animation looks pretty special on this format. The film is perfect for Christmas viewing; a magical rendition of a fairy tale that features some of Disney’s best soundtrack songs. Beauty and the Beast is available to buy now.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 

Ok, this is not one I want for Christmas, having not seen any of the films in the series. However, I know plenty of people who would be thrilled to receive this. The final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise is shortly due to be released on Blu-ray and DVD. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray feature a plethora of special features. For those who have a bit more to spend on Potter fans, the entire series in being released in a collectors boxset. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is released on 2nd December 2011.