This week's announcements include organ selling, a head in a box, and a naked Christina Ricci. Just everything a growing boy needs. First off, if you want to see what all the fuss was about when Kevin Smith created a Twitter war against film critics you can judge Cop Out for yourself when Warner Bros. releases in on July 20. The Blu-ray of the film, ominously entitled the "Rock Out With Your Glock Out Edition," will feature a "maximum comedy mode" which hopefully will feature more laughs than the film itself. One can only assume that either the "walk-ons by Kevin Smith" or the picture-in-picture commentary by Smith and Seann William Scott will be quite entertaining, as the extras on his home editions always are. There are also 40 minutes of extended scenes and outtakes as well as facts and trivia about the buddy cop films that served as inspiration. The DVD-only version will just include the deleted scenes.
A week later, Universal will release another spring disappointment in Repo Men. The $13 million grosser arrives on July 27 with an Unrated version of the film on both DVD and Blu-ray that clocks in about seven minutes longer than the theatrical edition which is also included. On August 10, Fox will release the Bollywood epic, My Name Is Khan, on DVD only, but if you want a more homegrown songbird then Disney gives us Miley Cyrus in her first non-Hannah Montana role in the 6,000th Nicholas Sparks adaptation in recent years, The Last Song on both DVD & Blu August 17.
In August, Anchor Bay will unleash a pair of their theatrical releases concluding with Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies on the 31st in the Italian family comedy, City Island. For a true hoot though on August 3, one must check out Liam Neeson and the is-she-or-isn't-she-dead Christina Ricci in After.Life. Whatever the answer might be, her skin sure holds up pretty well and she shows quite a bit of it during the second half of this alternately boring and laughable would-be thriller. The film also features Justin Long reprising his role as the worried boyfriend from Drag Me To Hell.
New to Blu-ray on August 3 will be Universal's The Breakfast Club, reprising the 25th Anniversary Edition from the DVD and Disney's James and the Giant Peach, which should look tremendous. The original Evil Dead is hitting the format on August 31 in what I'm sure will be the first of 18 editions of the film from Anchor Bay. Not-so-new will be another edition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon arriving from Sony on July 27. It will feature everything from the previous edition but include a new commentary from the cinematographer.
But the big Blu-ray news of the week is Warner Bros. announcement to release David Fincher's masterful Se7en on Sept. 14. Arriving in a 32-page book package, it looks to retain all of the features from New Line's Platinum DVD release including four audio commentaries, deleted scenes, alternate endings and, well, you should already have this in your collection so go take a look. Then take it off your shelf to make room for the Blu-ray.