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Blu-ray Importing: June 2011 Buying Guide - TweakTown Blu-ray Import Buying Guide Update - Cont.

By: Ben Gourlay | Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: May 31, 2011 3:17 pm

The Incredibles




Studio: Disney Home Entertainment


Country of Origin: United States




Region: A, B, C


Choosing a favourite Pixar film is like choosing your favourite child - an impossible task and I refuse to be drawn into it. But I've always had a soft spot for the crime fighting superhero fun of The Incredibles and it's easy to remember why.


Disney Home Entertainment released The Incredibles locally in Australia last month, but true fans will want to shun the release. Why? Well, unlike every other Pixar release, our local version has been completely hobbled, with an entire Blu-ray disc worth of content missing. All of the original DVD features and some really fantastic new featurettes and behind the scenes tidbits are completely missing - and for no apparent reason.


With the US dollar at such levels and the ready availability of the film at a good price on Amazon, there is no way that I can recommend the inferior local edition.


The Cable Guy




Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Country of Origin: United States




Region: A, B, C


After a string of back to back box office successes such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask and Batman Forever, it was almost as if Jim Carrey could do no wrong. So a fee of $20 million (an at the time unheard of salary) was seemingly entirely justified to lure Carrey to the dark comedy The Cable Guy. Well, not quite. The film bombed and despite a great performance, almost sunk his career.


15 years on, though, it's high time that The Cable Guy was re-evaluated, revealing a clever and subtle subversive comedy whose darker elements are much easier to swallow than they once were. I still dislike Matthew Broderick in the role of the harassed innocent, but I can appreciate the really amazing performance by Carrey all the more.


It's time fans gave this one another look - and with a generous package, with some never before released extra material and a very good video and audio transfer, it's easily justified.


For now, those high paid analysts say that the USD to AUD conversion of currency parity is likely to continue well into the future, so as we approach the bulk releases of the third quarter, we'll be sure to be back with a few more installments of the series.


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