Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DVD Picks of the Week: March 17, 2009

Week two of the continuing DVD selections. Not a very strong week this time around. There's only a few things of note being released on Tuesday March 17, 2009.

This new set of six films from the important German expressionism director F.W. Murnau is a collection of new and previously released films from the great DVD company Kino. Murnau's most notable film has to be Nosferatu, the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The tricky thing about this box set is that it seems to only contain disc 1 of the 2-disc sets previously released by the company. The film Faust, which is getting a simultaneuous restored 2-disc release, is only represented by the first disc on the set. More research must be done before deciding whether that is simply the first disc of the set or a different disc with the reauthorized print of the film and the extra features combined. Either way, these are great films from a historically significant director.

Eclipse Series 15-Travels With Hiroshi Shimizu

Not everything I select in my weekly pickings will be things I've seen. This is a director I've never even heard of. Initial research indicates that I should be more familiar with him. There's absolutely no better way than by delving into one of Criterion's Eclipse series, which is a project that aims at simply presenting films with no fluffy extras at a reasonable per film/disc price. I already own the Early Ingmar Bergman collection from the Eclipse series. Hiroshi Shimizu is commented on as being on the best "unknown" directors. Looks like someone knows about him.

Other notable releases: Quo Vadis [Blu-ray],
The Princess Bride [Blu-ray], Elegy, The Robe [Standard]/[Blu-ray].

That's all this week. Not very much going on as you can see. Check back next week as the newest Bond flick sees its release. Some old Bond titles get the Blu-ray treatment as well. Criterion Collection is using March 24 as a day to expand their rising Blu-ray collection with classics such as The 400 Blows getting the makeover. It's going to be a busy week.


Melissa Traynor said...

One day I will actually check these out. I'm pleased to see that you bring the "film elitist" side to the upgrade section.

Michael Walsh said...

It's what I'm good at.