Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition
(Twentieth Century Fox)
One of the best movies of the past 10 years celebrates a decade of mindfucking with its Blu-ray debut. Bonus material includes commentary by director David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, deleted scenes, and a couple of cool interactive features. Best of all, the film still packs a solid punch, even if you’ve seen it dozens of times.
Sheryl Crow: Tuesday Night Music Club – Deluxe Edition
Crow’s 1993 debut gets the deluxe treatment with an additional disc of B-sides, outtakes and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “D’Yer Mak’er.” There’s also a DVD with all of the album’s videos. The CD, which includes “Leaving Las Vegas,” “All I Wanna Do” and several other key Crow cuts, remains her most uncomplicated work – loose and kinda fun.
Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Writer David Kirby probes the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s childhood to make sense of the truly revolutionary sounds he would create as an adult. He uncovers a wild, mischievous boy who turned into a wild, piano-playing star. Little Richard penned one of the greatest songs of all time, “Tutti Frutti.” This book brings you closer to his genius.
Nirvana Live at Reading
Touring on a record that changed ’90s music, Nirvana were weary, massive and on fire during their summer 1992 performance at England’s Reading Festival. This package (which also comes with a CD) includes the entire 25-song set, which featured plenty of NevermindIn Utero a year later. Essential. songs as well as a handful of cuts that would show up on
North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition
Alfred Hitchcock was at the top of his game when he made this thriller about mistaken identity. It celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Blu-ray debut. The set pieces and vistas – especially a climatic scene on top of Mount Rushmore – have never looked more stunning. A pair of new documentaries looks back on the film’s history and influence over the years.
Here’s your chance to see one of 2009’s most underappreciated films: Michael Mann’s snappy look at 1930s gangland Chicago. Johnny Depp plays Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger, but Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard are also great as the lawman and girl who want him. Tons of bonus features include a documentary on the OGs who inspired the movie.
Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 2, Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s Volume 2
These double-disc collections gather 34 (’60s) and 21 (’70s) cartoons from an era when the only time you could see them was on Saturday morning. There are plenty of favorites (Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry), plus a bunch of toons you never heard of (The Peter Potamus Show, Inch High Private Eye). A few TV spots are included, just to get your nostalgic juices fully flowing.
Stop Making Sense
Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Talking Heads concert film finally comes to Blu-ray. And it’s still remarkable, especially in HD, where the extended band – a half-dozen singers and musicians join the quartet – pops from the screen. The songs (“Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” “Once in a Lifetime”) have never sounded more alive. Best: David Byrne’s big-ass suit.
Taylor Swift: Fearless Platinum Edition
One of last year’s best albums gets super-sized with an additional six songs plus a DVD with music videos and behind-the-scenes clips. The new tracks are strong – especially “Jump Then Fall” and “The Other Side of the Door,” which continue Swift’s move to pop domination. And the hilarious T-Pain video collaboration, “Thug Story,” proves why she’s a star.
Tony Hawk Ride
The latest Tony Hawk game (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) is the first to break some new ground after about a decade of increasingly complex button-mashers. The controller this time is a skateboard-shaped peripheral that you actually step on and guide. It’s fun, but it’s also kinda tough to master. At least you won’t break any bones if you miss a trick.