This week in Blu-ray releases: Australia gets NINE releases while America gets SIX. Who has the better films though?
Atlantis: The Lost Empire and its sequel, Atlantis: Milo’s Return, come in a Blu-ray package this week. The first Atlantis had a budget of $120 million and made $186 million worldwide making it a mild success for Disney (the sequel was never released theatrically). Neither of these films can be purchased separately.
The Brave One comes to Blu-ray this week. The Jodie Foster Drama Thriller made $69.7 million on an unknown budget. The Blu-ray comes with nothing special.
Brother Bear and its sequel, Brother Bear 2, come in another Blu-ray package this week. The Oscar nominated first Brother Bear had an unknown budget but made $250.3 million worldwide. Neither of these films can be purchased separately.
Django Unchained comes home to Blu-ray. Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar winner made $422.8 million on a budget of $100 million and took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Christoph Waltz and Original Screenplay for Tarantino. Django on Blu-ray comes with an Ultraviolet copy. I liked the Django Blu-ray but it had its problems. Read my review here.
Hollywoodland comes to Blu-ray this week. The Adrien Brody Drama made $16.8 million on an unknown budget. The Blu-ray comes with nothing special.
Jurassic Park comes to 3D Blu-ray this week. Steven Spielberg’s classic is the current 18th highest grossing film of all time with $969.8 million in the bank on an original budget of $63 million (add an extra $10 million for the 3D re-release). The 3D Blu-ray comes with a 3D, 2D, and Ultraviolet copy of the film. I absolutely loved the IMAX 3D conversion of Jurassic Park, you can read my full impressions here.
Peter Pan and Return to Never Land come to Blu-ray this week. Both Disney films were huge hits with the first Peter Pan having a budget of $4 million and making $87.4 million and Return to Never Land having a budget of $20 million and making $109.8 million. Peter Pan can be purchased separately in two different ways (a Blu-ray/DVD combo or a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo) or you can buy both films in a combo pack (I don’t know if any DVDs are included and Return to Never Land can not be purchased separately).
Quigley Down Under comes to Blu-ray this week. The Tom Selleck Western made $21.4 million when it came out in 1990. The Blu-ray doesn’t appear to come with anything special (like an Ultraviolet or DVD copy).
Oscar winner Silver Linings Playbook comes to Blu-ray this week. The Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence comedy was a big success with a $21 million budget and over $236 million worldwide (and still counting). Silver Linings Playbook comes with an Ultraviolet copy. I loved Silver Linings Playbook and you can read my full review of the film here.
Escape from Planet Earth comes to Blu-ray this week. The William Shatner animation made $68 million on a budget of $40 million meaning it was a mild success for the Weinstein Company. The Blu-ray comes with a 3D, 2D, DVD, Digital, and Ultraviolet copy.
A Good Day to Die Hard comes to Blu-ray this week. The fifth Die Hard film had a budget of $92 million and made $304.6 million worldwide. The Blu-ray comes with a DVD, Digital, and Ultraviolet copy.
Also released was the Die Hard Legacy Collection which combines all five films in one package.
Identity Thief comes to Blu-ray this week. The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy flick made $173.9 million on a budget of $35 million. The Blu-ray comes with a DVD, Digital, and Ultraviolet copy.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was released on Blu-ray. The film had an unknown budget but made $36.2 million in 1985. The Blu-ray comes with nothing special.
Also released was The Mad Max Trilogy and a re-release of the second Mad Max film, The Road Warrior.
The Shadow comes to Blu-ray. The Alec Baldwin action flick had an unknown budget but made $48 million worldwide when it was released in 1994. The Blu-ray comes with nothing special.
Warm Bodies comes to Blu-ray. The Nicholas Hoult Drama had a budget of $35 million and made $116.9 million worldwide when it was released earlier this year. The Blu-ray comes with a DVD and Ultraviolet copy.
So which territory won the Blu-ray battle this week? Australia stands at a decent 64% on Rotten Tomatoes while America is at a crappy 43%. Australia takes home the gold…or blu.
TALLIES FOR THE YEAR: AUSTRALIA (4) AMERICA (3)
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