Each Tuesday, we're bombarded by legions of Blu-ray and DVDs -- the new, the old, the TV, the straight-to-home.
We're here to help you keep track of the notable ones.
-- The second season of Justice League gets the Blu-raytreatment and will hit stores July 26, right after the end of Comic-Con(you've got your tickets and room, right?).
Now, Warners has had several Batman animated TV shows, a Superman cartoon,Young Justice, Teen Titans, Legion of Super Heroes and Justice League, soit's hard to keep track of what's what so here's the quick skinny:
Justice League ran on the Cartoon Network from 2001-04. After itssecond season, the name changed to Justice League Unlimited. For the firsttwo seasons, the lineup included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash,Green Lantern in the form of John Stewart, the Martian Manhunter andHawkgirl (yes, gender and race were taken into consideration when making theseries).
Season 1 is already on DVD and Blu-ray, but this second season has beenonly available on DVD.
On the Blu-ray, there's an all new featurette (The Justice Lords and Beyond,which explores DC's penchant for stories revolving around alternate Earths)and a never-before-seen deleted scene (Not Too Savage) plus the DVD'sbehind-the-scenes and commentary extras.
The show was good and well-liked (some have compared it to the classicBatman animated series of the early 1990s, meaning it had complex story linesand edgier themes) so here's your chance to catch up.
-- We all knew The Lion King was coming for the first time on Blu-ray andBlu-ray 3D this fall, but now we have the date: Oct. 4. The release willpreceded by a two-week run of the movie in theaters and in 3D startingSept. 16.
Disney keeps its most important animated movies in the vault, meaning theyaren't available all the time. In Lion King's case, it'll be the first timeit's available since 2004.
Disney isn't revealing what'll be included in terms of bonus at this stageother than a new set of "hilarious animated bloopers."
You'll have a prideful of choices in term of how you'll be able to get thestory of Simba, too. There will be the four-disc combo pack (Blu-ray 3D,Blu-ray 2d, DVD, Digital Copy), the two-disc pack (Blu-ray 2D, DVD), and thewhopping eight-disc trilogy set which will have The Lion King (Blu-ray 3D,Blu-ray 2d, DVD, Digital Copy), The Lion King 1 1/2 (Blu-ray 2D, DVD) and TheLion King II: Simba's Pride (Blu-ray 2D, DVD).
That last set, by the way, will go for $100 U.S. (It'll be $115 in Canada,which is a total hosing since the Canadian loonie is kicking the pants offthe American greenback.)
-- Some people live and die by The Big Lebowski. Those people will no doubtbe lining up Aug. 16 for The Big Lebowski Limited Edition.
It'll be the first time the Coen brothers' cult classic, starring Jeff Bridges as the Dude, will be seen in Blu-ray form, and Universal StudiosHome Entertainment is giving this the special treatment, remastering itpackaging it with a all-new 28-page book that's got a new interview withreal-life inspiration for the Dude, Jeff Dowd, as well as other goodies.
It'll come with all the bonus features of the comprehensive 10th anniversaryDVD from a few years back but with a bunch of Blu-ray toys as well. The realdraw will be the movie on Blu-ray.
-- And from the bottom of the bargain basement bin: Death Hunter: Werewolvesvs. Vampires. We're not saying anything about this movie, which hit shelves last week, except here's the trailer:
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