DVD Geeks – November 21, 2013

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray

We’re back! So, breast make yourself a sandwich of turkey leftovers and settle in with us as we  give you DVDs and blu-rays to be thankful for (and some we’d rather pass on). We kick off the show with the last of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films, illness “City Lights” from Criterion. Chaplin has said that this 1931 film was his favorite, find out if this blu-ray edition is one of ours. If you’ve listened to the show before you probably know The Little Tramp rarely does wrong by us and with a Criterion restoration, “City Lights” is likely to impress. Next, we take a look at a modern comedy from the “Wedding Crashers” duo, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as they apply for “The Internship” at Google. Can two salesmen hold their own amongst young tech geeks and rise to the top?

More than 50 years since the space program began, we get a special 30th anniversary edition blu-ray of the film that celebrates those first astronauts. The 1983 film, “The Right Stuff” follows the rise of the Mercury 7 Astronauts and parallels their journey with that of unsung hero, Chuck Yeager who was first to break the sound barrier. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe, “The Right Stuff” hits all the right notes in developing the characters. Bridging the gap between genres, “The Right Stuff” went on to win 4 Academy Awards and put this outstanding cast on the map. While 30 years later, we no longer have a shuttle program or manned missions to space, we can at least look back with fondness through this special edition.

Halloween-season came and went for us, so we thought it was only fair to end the show with two horror films that left a lasting impression on us, the 35th anniversary blu-ray of John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and the much-debated “Lords of Salem” from musician turned director, Rob Zombie. You might be saying, “hasn’t ‘Halloween’ already been out on Blu?” You wouldn’t be wrong, but you would be wrong if you think you’ve seen it the way Carpenter intended it. In this version, the granddaddy of all slasher films, is seen in glorious 1080p with rich color saturation and less brightness. The restoration overseen by the original cinematographer, Dean Cundey and 7.1 Dolby True HD audio will make the night Michael Myers came home one to remember. Plus, we get two new special features for this edition. So, join us as we visit Haddonfield one more time.

Lastly, we wrap it up with “The Lords of Salem.” This atmospheric horror film from Rob Zombie owes a lot to movies by Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. “Salem” tells the story of a rock DJ, played by Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon, who receives a mysterious record with a curse embedded in it. With witches being so popular now, we think history will be kinder to “Lords.” See for yourself, either way, we guarantee it won’t be a boring ride down the Satanic rabbit hole.

All this, plus we weigh in on the trend of multiple editions for movies like “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Twin Peaks” blu-ray rumors and as always, this week’s honorable mentions!

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