Top titles to add to your 2012 Blu-ray and DVD wish list.
Approaching the end of 2012, we’re entering what may eventually be considered the brightest spot in the Golden Age of Home Media. Take a look at just some of what will be on many wish lists this year in addition to Lawrence of Arabia.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled
(Street date 9/25; $219 – DELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2013)
// Marvel Studios is putting together a collection of all of their in-house productions to date. The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1 & 2, Captain America, Thor and of course The Avengers will be gathered in a special themed box with exclusive art and a bonus disc: Avengers Initiative featuring material exclusive to this set.
// Given that this set packs all 22 official Bond films in re-mastered high-definition together in a box brimming with special features, and then adds an exclusive bonus disc of all-new content (as well as an empty spot slot to hold next year’s Blu-ray of Skyfall), this has got to be the no-brainer, must-have release of the year.
Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
// All of the major Universal Horror icons including Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Wolf Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon (this guy in glorious 3D, by the way) are on board and feature fully re-mastered transfers for Blu-ray.
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures is coming
// Steven Spielberg is making a huge splash onto Blu-ray in 2012 as well featuring a full restoration of Raiders of the Lost Ark), along with Jaws (8/14; $29), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (11/13; $34) and Empire of the Sun, Spielberg’s minor masterpiece based on J.G. Ballard’s novel (Fall; $34).
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
// Speaking of “masters,” the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, is receiving a huge push with this 15-film Blu-ray release, as well as stand-alone releases of Strangers on a Train (10/9, $19) and a fully restored Blu-ray 3D release of his Dial M for Murder (10/9, $35).