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Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection Blu-raySteven Spielberg has directed thirty movies and has his hands in the pots of plenty of others as an executive producer or even writer. He’s made movies with numerous actors and multiple studios. Putting together a comprehensive Blu-ray compendium of his work would likely be impossible contractually, but also prohibitively expensive. So, Universal Studios Home Entertainment didn’t even try. Instead the studio put together a richly packaged Blu-ray set featuring 8 great flicks from the prolific director, calling it the Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection.
Universal pulled together eight movies from across Spielberg’s career to make up the Director’s Collection set. Seventies endeavors like Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws and 1941 are included, as is milestone movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Rounding out the set are Always, the always-classic Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. The set itself pays close attention to detail, with sturdy packaging that includes a "book" of Blu-rays, as well as an actual photo book.
The photo book is worth a perusal, although it’s not quite nice enough to make a permanent appearance on your coffee table. It’s filled with quotes from Spielberg and photos and information from each of the movies. The segments on Jaws are among the most interesting, as they show the original sketches for the animatronic shark, as well as copies of the original storyboards from the movie.
There are bonus features with every movie; however, The Sugarland Express and Always merely come with the original theatrical trailer for the flick. A lot of the bonus features are repeats from prior sets, but each of the physical discs have been made over to look cohesive to the Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection.
What’s notable about the set is that four of the entries are making their Blu-ray debuts. Duel, The Sugarland Express, 1941 and Always are hitting Blu-ray for the first time today, and of those, Universal is reporting Duel and The Sugarland Express have been fully digitally remastered. Overall, the Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection is a nice gift option for fans of the director featuring interesting movies to peruse, but it is a little oddball and scattered despite its beautiful exterior.
You can order the Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection over at Amazon.
X-Men: Days of Future PastLike many different superhero movies, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering a slew of different exclusive releases for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Best Buy, Target and Walmart all have editions with different covers for fans, but the mother of all editions is Amazon’s 3D Blu-ray that comes with a Magneto helmet.
The basic Blu-ray comes with more than an hour of bonus features, including deleted scenes with optional audio commentary, a gag reel, a gallery and a whole slew of featurettes, including "X-Men: Reunited" and "Classification: M." That’s not half bad for a set that is on sale for under twenty bucks this week.
I know it may seem a little early, but the studios are already thinking about the holidays. As a result, there are a ton of releases out this week. This includes a few new seasons of TV, an animated kids flick, a few movies that have been released on Blu-ray in special edition sets or for the first time and more. You can check out more of this week’s releases, below. Unless otherwise noted, sets are available on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Other October 14 Releases
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Fargo: Season 1
Dracula: Season 1
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Blu-ray
White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition
The Last Supper
Juan of the Dead
Locked On DVD
Pawn Stars: A Very Vegas Christmas Special DVD
Beneath The Harvest Sky