Without further ado, here’s blurayview.com’s list of picks for the best Blu-ray movies and box sets for the year of 2010.
One of the year’s best films, from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, Inception proves that you can still have a blockbuster action film that doesn’t require you to check your brain at the door. Beautiful cinematography, intriguing plot and a stellar audio track make this a must-have in your collection– one that you’ll want to watch again and again.
Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition
In case you don’t already own the single-disc theatrical edition, the newly released collector’s edition would be your best buy for a definitive version of James Cameron’s epic sci-fi film. It’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular movies of all time, and the Blu-ray gives you Cameron’s keen eye for both visual and technological perfection. This is a disc that will wow the most hardened of Blu-ray skeptics.
Toy Story 3
Another one of the year’s best films, Toy Story 3 wraps up my personal favorite Pixar franchise in a beautiful, moving and funny package that’s hard not to love. With a DTS-HD 7.1 audio track (the very first 7.1 theatrical track) and a Pixar-quality flawless digital transfer, this is another must-have.
War of the Worlds
Love audio? Love bass? Look no further than the crowned king of subwoofer pushers, Steven Spielberg’s 2005 imagining of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. This one is sure to either make you proud of, or question your audio investment, and is a go-to demo disc for great audio and low frequency effects. Not to mention it’s an exciting and haunting thrill of a movie with great cinematography and visual effects.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Sadly an overlooked gem that got lost in the box office, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced) brings you a quirky, hilarious and nerdy look into the life of a rock-star 22 year old with surreal girl problems, based on the cult comic book hit. Non-stop flashy audio and visuals, great music and dry humor take this unique film to a whole different level. Don’t miss it.
Gladiator (Remastered Re-issue)
Sept. 2009’s initial release of Gladiator on Blu-ray was marred with a terrible transfer with lots of horrible filtering. However in July of this year, Paramount fessed up and offered a replacement program for a replacement print. Paramount has since replaced their print run with the new and improved version. As it turns out, one of the worst looking Blu-rays had suddenly become one of the best. With a brand new remastered print, Gladiator was now back to how it should have looked. Not accepting “good enough” suddenly became worth it.
The Alien Quadrilogy gives you Ridley Scott’s Alien, James Cameron’s Aliens, David Fincher’s Alien³ and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection, all specially restored in high definition, with over 65 hours of bonus content. No, that’s not a typo. Aliens in particular was beautifully (beautifully!) remastered with oversight by the director and looks absolutely stunning, like you’ve never seen it before. Same with the first Alien. If you’re a fan of the trilogy, definitely look into this.
LOST Season 6 & Complete Collection
If you’re an ardent fan of LOST or have never seen it, and want to pick it up, I highly recommend the exquisite LOST Complete Collection Boxed Gift Set. This is truly the only way to see this fantastic show. In beautiful 1080p high definition, DTS-HD 5.1 lossless surround sound and with no commercial interruptions. Sit yourself down for a marathon and get, excuse the pun, lost in this wonderful show.
The Thin Red Line
Terrence Malick’s beautiful 1998 film surprised many when it came out in September on BD. After a series of unimpressive catalog titles, it was refreshing to see the care and detail set out by The Criterion Collection for this release. Set in gorgeous Guadalcanal island during the second World War, the film is shot beautifully (as one can expect from Malick) and the transfer is one of the best looking live-action titles out there.
Mary and Max
Stop-motion animation has never looked this good. A beautiful (nearly) black-and-white color scheme brings out some of the most brilliant detail, in this absolutely pristine-looking movie. Shot on Canon Digital SLR still-image cameras, the RAW 4K images transfer without any faults. It’s a great, touching, cute, funny, quirky and emotional film, featuring voices of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bana.
- Saving Private Ryan
- Minority Report
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- The Evil Dead
- The Sound of Music
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Happy holidays from BRV!