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Blu-ray Importing: August 2010 Buying Guide - Blu-ray Importing: August 2010 Buying Guide - Cont.

Ben takes a look at the latest and best overseas titles for August 2010.

By: | Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 4:49 pm

The Quick and the Dead




Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Country of Origin: United States




Region: A, B, C


Before Director Sam Raimi became well known for his re-booting of the Spider-man franchise, his crowning achievement had been the Evil Dead franchise. Despite the film gaining a cult following, he'd yet to match that film series in popularity. In 1995 he tried his hand at the western genre which was receiving a resurgence in popularity from films such as Wyatt Earp and Legends of the Fall. However, unlike these films, The Quick and the Dead eschews reality and plays it as an audience pleasing, popcorn western. It also helped introduce Australian actor Russel Crowe to a much larger audience. In the last 15 years, it's aged quite well indeed.


Whilst the quality of the Blu-ray is fantastic, with a rather aggressive Dolby TrueHD lossless audio track, unfortunately there are no extra features to speak of.


Charlies Angels




Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Country of Origin: United States




Region: A, B, C


The film update of the 1970's hit TV series starring Farah Fawcett hit cinema screens at the turn of the last decade and proved to be popular with audiences male (oogling Cameron Diaz) and female (who wanted to be Cameron Diaz) alike.


It's always been a bit of fun and time has been fairly kind to the movie, despite some aging CG effects that stick out like a sore thumb. The film benefits from a high definition upgrade; the colours are brighter and bolder than they've ever been. Additionally, the rocking soundtrack receives a suitably bombastic lossless audio upgrade. Unfortunately, no additional extra features have been produced, but Sony has included the bulk of the previous DVD extras.


Well, that's it for August, ladies and gentlemen. We'll be sure to come back before the Christmas rush begins, so you can get those gifts for yourself that you just can't walk into a shop and buy.


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