DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: October 26th, 2010

DVD Blu-ray Releases October 26

One of the most anticipated days in recent memory is finally upon us: Two of the most beloved movie franchises of all time finally reach the Blu-ray format.

In addition to these two epic box sets, you can also find a famous gaggle of women, a girl who plays with fire and some animated Jedi on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

Spend your money wisely, though. November's slate of home video releases is no less exciting, as many of this summer's blockbusters will make their way to your television.

The following titles can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray.



Sex and the City 2 DVD Blu-ray box art

Sex and the City 2 - Hollywood's favorite most recognizable female friends returned to the big screen with a controversial (and slightly disappointing) follow-up. Of course, disappointing is a relative term, but according to even the most diehard fans of the television show, the sequel was a mess. Though I doubt the studio had a problem with its $288 million box office.

If your Sex and the City collection just won't be complete without the sequel, go ahead and pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. If anybody asks, I told you to stay away. It's just not worth giving these franchises a chance to continue.

The Girl Who Played With Fire DVD Blu-ray box art

The Girl Who Played With Fire - The Millennium Trilogy is beginning to take off with a whole new cast and crew led by David Fincher. But the original Swedish films are coming to home video just as quickly as they released into theaters. The sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo continues to test the boundaries of what we expect from our theatrical heroes. In this second chapter, brilliant hacker Lisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) gets caught up in a murder mystery which brings here face to face with her own dark past.

The box art is a sight for sore eyes and immediately sparks interest in the franchise for any newbies. But the trilogy is a brainy thriller with plenty up its sleeve. Once the third film comes out on home video, you'll have a nice crime thriller trilogy to watch.

Winter's Bone DVD Blu-ray box art

Winter's Bone - One of the year's most coveted films showcases its award-winning ways on the cover of its DVD and Blu-ray release. While it was a critical success, the box office brought in a mere $6 million after a limited theatrical release. Though, in comparison to the $2 million budget, that's a solid return.

Don't be surprised if you see Winter's Bone on this year's Academy Awards Best Picture ballot. At 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and already an award-winner at Sundance, it's got the track record of a frontrunner.

What makes the film so great is its exploration of the strangeness in people. It follows one girl in her understanding of the people around her, all the while presenting a thriller to keep you intrigued.

The bonus features are not plentiful, but should give all the insight needed on the small-budget film.

  • Commentary by Debra Granik and Director of Photography McDonough.
  • The Making of 'Winter's Bone'
  • Four Deleted Scenes
  • Hardscrabble Elegy
  • Music Credits
  • Trailer

Star Wars Clone Wars Season 2 DVD Blu-ray box art

The Clone Wars: Season 2 - It's amazing how far the Clone Wars mythology has gone since its mere mentioning in the original Star Wars trilogy. After two seasons of an animated television show, it's safe to say that fans enjoy the depth of creative content available in the storyline.

The second season continued to follow Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, but also introduced some new characters to the show. This season provides 22 episodes at 30 minutes each. Eleven hours of Star Wars is typically something you can only enjoy by repeatedly watching the wonderful original trilogy.


Back to the Future blu-ray box art

Back to the Future Trilogy - It's hard to imagine that it's been 25 years since Marty McFly took the Delorean out for a spin through time. But now Marty (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Chistopher Lloyd), George McFly (Crispin Glover), Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) and Marty's mom, Lorraine (Lea Thompson), are all back in their various time-displaced forms. Pretty heavy.

From the 1980s back to the 1950s, then back again to the '80s, then forward to 2015 and back yet again to 1885, Back to the Future remains one of the most funny, epic and downright fun cinematic adventures to ever spawn a franchise (thank god no one has tried to remake it...yet!). There are so many classic moments in these films (yes, even the third one) that not one single installment can be skipped over or ignored - and how many franchises can claim that?

Needless to say, this is a MUST OWN for any Blu-ray collector, so don't commit the sin of rental - go out and buy this as soon as you can! Like the Alien Anthology (which we'll get to in just a second) your Blu-ray shelf is going to look amateur if you don't have BTTF on it.

There are a TON of special features included in this anniversary box set - special thanks to for taking the time to comb through them all:

  • U Control. Mostly text based bonuses this time around with Universal's "exclusive signature feature." You can access "Setups and Payoffs," which shows you how plot points are prepared and then referenced later down the line; "Storyboard Comparison," which shows the original conception of several sequences; and "Trivia Track," a host of factoids about various aspects of all three films.
  • Tales From The Future is a phenomenal six part HD documentary that looks at all aspects of the film, from development through filming and release. These are:"In the Beginning" (27:24), which looks at pre-production and the original casting snafus;"Time to Go" (29:54), covering the production of the original film."Keeping Time" (5:43), devoted to Alan Silvestri's score."Time Flies" (28:37), dealing with the second film and especially the convoluted effects sequences, as well as the decision to shoot the second and third films more or less in tandem."Third Time's the Charm" (17:07), which focuses on the production design of the third film, as well as Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown as a romantic character."The Test of Time" (17:00) looks back at the cultural impact the trilogy has had.
  • The Physics of 'Back to the Future' (HD; 8:25), an interesting, if too short, discussion with physicist Michio Kaku about how the films mostly get the science part right.
  • Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence (HD;4:12), a nice look at the original ending of the film, with an optional commentary by Gale.
  • Back to the Future Night (SD; 27:10), an archival featurette hosted by Leslie Nielsen which aired on NBC prior to the first televised broadcast of the initial film.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD; 17:57 over three discs), 16 excised moments, some with some pretty bad print damage, all with optional Gale commentary.
  • Michael J. Fox Q & A (SD; 10:20), where the star reminisces about the films.
  • Q & A Commentaries with Zemeckis and Gale, a kind of weird but interesting set of sessions at USC after the films had been screened for an audience, hosted by the ubiquitous (and sometimes hard to understand) Laurent Bouzerau.
  • Feature Commentaries with Gale and co-producer Neil Canton, a more nuts and bolts style set of commentaries which are interesting and very informative.
  • Archival Featurettes, a compendium of older documentaries on the films, which includes:Making of the Trilogy: Chapters One (SD; 15:30), Two (SD; 15:30) and Three (SD; 16:30), a 2002 documentary released with the DVD version of the films.The Making of 'Back to the Future' Parts I (SD; 14:28), II (SD; 6:40) and III (SD; 7:32), another vintage set of documentaries.The Secrets of the 'Back to the Future' Trilogy (SD; 20:41) a Kirk Cameron hosted tv special which answers fan questions about the series.
  • Behind The Scenes, a series of archival material which includes:Original Make-up Tests (SD; 2:17), where you can see Lloyd before his "Einstein-Stokowski" transformation;Outtakes (SD; 5:23 over three discs), with gags and on set mishaps.Production Design (SD; 2:55)Storyboarding (SD; 1:29)Designing the DeLorean (SD; 3:31)Designing Time Travel (SD; 2:41)Hoverboard Test (SD; :58)Evolution of the Visual Effects Sequences (SD; 5:42)Designing Hill Valley (SD; 1:08), more production design info.Designing the Campaign (SD; 1:18), marketing info.FAQs, text only questions about the series, with answers by Zemeckis and Gale.Back to the Future: The Ride (SD; 31:06), with both the video components and actual ride footage from the theme park attraction.
  • Music Videos of Huey Lewis and the News performing "Power of Love" (SD; 6:27) and ZZ Top performing "DoubleBack" (SD; 4:09).
  • Photo Galleries, which include production art, storyboards, photos, marketing materials and character portraits.
  • Theatrical Trailers and Teasers for all of the films.
  • The BDs are also BD Live, D-Box and pocketBLU enabled.
Alien Anthology blu-ray box art

Alien Anthology - Four vastly different films share a few things in common besides a name - the four Alien films changed the way we see genre films. These weren't just movies that cared about the sci-fi audience or the horror crowd - they captured everybody's attention, no matter which genre you prefer.

If you are reading this section, you already know why you love all or some of the Alien movies. The difference between the first two films has always fascinated me. Ridley Scott's horrific space venture has an entirely different dynamic than James Cameron's epic sequel, but both films are now considered classics.

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Some might argue the aliens are the stars of the franchise, while others claim Sigourney Weaver. Weaver has made plenty of top lists for her role as Ripley - she even topped our Female Expendables list a short while back.

As the buzz surrounds this awesome anthology release of the Alien franchise, news of the future of the saga rages on. Ridley Scott continues to develop his Alien prequels and fans anxiously await more details. But for now, you'll have to settle for the fantastic and heralded Blu-ray transfer of one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of all time.

If reading makes you queasy, I suggest you do not continue below. The unbelievable list of Alien Anthology special features follows.


  • 1979 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
  • Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


  • 1986 Theatrical Version
  • 1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


  • 1992 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)
  • Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


  • 1997 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

The fifth and sixth discs contain even more in-depth coverage of the Alien saga. With an eye on every level of production, this is possibly the most comprehensive look at any production ever compiled. Pick up your copy today and try to beat the $140 retail price.


Next week might pale in comparison to the massive releases we just discussed. But one of the best films of 2010 hits DVD and Blu-ray next week, along with a few classics and a major HBO miniseries.

Check back every Tuesday for the latest DVD and Blu-ray breakdowns.

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