When it comes to new home video releases this week, it’s one old, one new and all Blu-ray. The “old” is a two-disc, Blu-ray re-issue of Buster Keaton’s classic silent film, The General. Wait a minute? What good will Blu-ray do for a silent film from 1926? For one, the creators say it was mastered from a 35mm archive print struck from the original camera negative. OK, but “surround sound” for a silent film? Well, you can pick from three musical scores to accompany the film. Additional features include behind-the-scenes home movie footage, and filmed introductions by Gloria Swanson and Orson Welles. More at Amazon.
This week’s “new” would be the arrival of the animated smash Up, which comes in a four-disc special edition. The first disc features the Blu-ray film, two short features, and some other extras. Disc Two features seven documentaries about the film; the third and fourth discs include a standard-definition copy of the film and a digital copy for computers or other devises. Read Cinematical’s review.
Other Blu-ray arrivals: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut is a new version of this action flick that weaves Tales of the Black Freighter into the Watchmen Director’s Cut film; Heat is the 1995 flick starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, written and directed by Michael Mann; there’s a special Cars reissue that includes the movie on Blu-ray for the first time, with a second disc of extra features; finally, sci-fi fans get a reissue of Logan’s Run, a 1976 cult favorite starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter.