New to Blu-ray: BRAVE, FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, and More

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This week on Blu-ray, Pixar’s latest comes to home video, one of the most popular sitcoms of all time finally gets an HD upgrade, and a visually arresting classic gets the Blu-ray treatment.  Briefly:

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure [Blu-ray]

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As we patiently await news on the sequel, the original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure hits Blu-ray for the first time. The special features list hasn’t yet been made publicly available, but I assume the disc won’t boast much.

Brave (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

Brave (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray / DVD)

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As is the norm, Disney/Pixar has gone all out for the home video release of their latest venture, Brave.  The set includes an audio commentary by director Mark Andrews, co-director Steve Purcell, story supervisor Brian Larsen, and editor Nick Smith, the short films La Luna and The Legend of Mor’Du, and eight behind-the-scenes featurettes that clock in at a total of 50 minutes and focus on everything from the Pixar team’s research trip to Scotland to the voice cast.  The extras also include four extended scenes, an alternate opening, and a few more minor featurettes.

Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

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There’s good news and bads news about Friends finally coming to Blu-ray.  The good news is that all 236 episodes have never looked better now that they’ve been upgraded to HD.  The bad news is that this box set includes the broadcast versions of said episodes and not the extended versions that appeared on the DVD sets.  As such, if you were thinking about buying this set because you’ve worn out your DVD’s, you’ll likely find that some of your favorite moments/scenes are now missing.  It’s an unfortunate trade-off, but this would still make for one hell of a Christmas present.

The set includes all of the supplemental material from the DVDs as well as four hours of exclusive HD content including a couple of retrospective documentaries, the original producer’s cut of “The One Where Rachel Tells Ross,” never before seen gag reels, and more.

Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]

Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version) [Blu-ray]

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Director David Lean’s classic epic has been restored and released in HD on Blu-ray.  The basic, four-disc set features loads of extras including a picture-in-picture track that plays along with the film, a retrospective interview with star Peter O’Toole, an hour-long documentary on the making of the film, a short conversation with Steven Spielberg about the pic’s impact on his career, a few vintage featurettes from the set, and more.  The more expensive set includes a deleted scene, an interview with Martin Scorsese, interviews with William Friedkin and Sydney Pollack, an authentic 70mm film frame, an 88-page coffee table book, and a copy of the soundtrack CD.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition [Blu-ray]

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It’s been 10 years since one of the most successful independent films of all time took the country by storm, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding is getting a Blu-ray upgrade to mark the occasion.  The extras include an audio commentary by writer/star Nia Verdalos, director Joel Zwick, and co-star John Corbett, a half-hour retrospective featurette in which Vardalos and Corbett reminisce about the film, and some deleted scenes, but that’s it on the extras front.

Pixar Short Films Collection 2 [Blu-ray]

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Catching the short films before each feature is one of the joys of seeing a Pixar film in the theater, and now the studio has released their second collection of short films on Blu-ray.  This batch includes Your Friend the Rat, Presto, Burn-E, Partly Cloudy, Dug’s Special Mission, George & A.J., Day & Night, Hawaiian Vacation, Air Mater, Small Fry, Tim Travel Mater, and La Luna.  The extras are slim as the real treasure here is the films themselves, but most of the shorts include audio commentaries by their respective director and another person involved in the production.  Also included are some student films made by a few of the more well-known Pixar directors like John Lassetter, Peter Docter, and Andrew Stanton.

Savages (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

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Director Oliver Stone’s thriller hits Blu-ray in an Unrated edition.  The disc includes two audio commentaries: one by Stone and another by producers Eric Kopeloff and Moritz Borman, novelist/screenwriter Don Winslow, executive producer Shane Salerno, and production designer Tomas Voth.  The Blu-ray also includes a half-hour making-of featurette.

Click here to browse all of our previous coverage of the film.

Vamps [Blu-ray]

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Director Amy Heckerling’s (Clueless) latest film gets a straight-to-video release with this Blu-ray of Vamps.  The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two eternally young vampires navigating the dating world of New York City and boasts a supporting cast that includes Sigourney Weaver, Dan Stevens, Marilu Renner, and Kristen Johnston.

The Watch [Blu-ray]

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This summer’s comedy The Watch failed to connect with audiences in theaters, but it may find some new fans on Blu-ray.  The disc includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, a featurette that focuses on the design of the alien, a featurette called Alien Invasions and You, and alternate takes from Jonah Hill’s character.

Click here to browse all of our previous coverage of the film.

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  • Superprongs

    Way to not include the Criterion release of Jean-Luc Godard’s Week End…
    But I do appreciate this weekly feature.

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