michael gallucci


In this week's new home video releases on 11/14/2011 at 8:00 am

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1 (Warner)

No doubt about it, the hundreds of Looney Tunes cartoons that were made in the 1940s and ’50s are the best animated shorts ever. Ever. The 50 included in this wonderful set all make their Blu-ray debuts, and they look marvelous in HD. The three discs are loaded with extras, like making-of features on classics like “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “One Froggy Evening.” Those toons are included here, as are dozens more timeless shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, and other animated legends. Put this one down on your holiday gift list.


The Ballad of Mott the Hoople (Start)

Members of the Clash, Queen, and other bands chime in on how much they love Ian Hunter’s glammy rock group from the ’70s in this new doc. There’s not a lot of dirt here, but there’s plenty of great music and stories from rock’s out-of-control glory days.


Beginners (Universal)

Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer are both great in this kinda funny, occasionally touching movie about a 75-year-old man who tells his son that he’s gay. But not much happens in this relationship drama once Dad steps out of the closet.

Infernal Affairs (Lionsgate)

The 2002 Hong Kong movie that inspired The Departed finally comes to Blu-ray, and it’s just as terrific as the remake. A cop joins the mob, a mobster joins the police force, and lots of people get killed. Extras include behind-the-scenes extras and an alternate ending.



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