Blu-ray, DVD Releases: 'Nightmare Before Christmas' in 3D, 'Twilight Zone: Season Five' and More

In the bombardment of Blu-rays and DVDs, from the new to the old, from the TV shows to the straight-to-home, it's hard to know what is up and what is down.

Heat Vision is here to help you keep track of the notable ones.


-- Glasses on: Disney’s 3Ding of its animated classics continues with the Aug. 30 release of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on Blu-ray 3D. It’ll be available in a 3-disc combo pack – Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD/Digital Copy -- and as a 3D movie download.

Disney also announced that Beauty and the Beast will also join the 3D line-up in the same combo packs as Nightmare Before Christmas and set an October 4 street date. That’s the same date as the big Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D unveiling of The Lion King. It’s a deluge of Disney proportions!

-- Image Entertainment has been doing an awesome job issuing The Twilight Zone season by season on Blu-ray. The crispness of the black and white, the great commentaries by writers and filmmakers of today, cool archival material like radio plays. It's everything a fan of great TV (or J.J. Abrams disciple) would want.

Now it’s Season Five’s turn at bat. All 36 episodes of The Twilight Zone: Season Five are here as the show returned to the half-hour format for what was its final season in 1963-1964. (The show was always half-hour but tried an hour-long format in the fourth season.)

The classic and influential episodes in season five include Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, A Kind of a Stopwatch, Living Doll and the Oscar-nominated short film An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. The show also had a great roster of guest stars and the season includes appearances by Bill Mumy, George Takei, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Martin Landau, Mickey Rooney, and William Shatner.

And Image’s top-notch  line-up of the great guest commentarians continues: Neil Gaiman, Richard Donner, George Takei, Battlestar Galactica director Michael Nankin are among those talking.

A plethora of extras include a 1959 interview between Rod Serling and Mike Wallace where Wallace commented that the show will be taking up all of Serling’s time and “for the foreseeable future, you've given up on writing anything important for television, right?" A great example of how sci-fi and genres such as that were not considered serious or adult at the time.

 -- Speaking of Image, the company is releasing interesting 1990s flicks on Blu-ray for the first-time: Apt Pupil, the Bryan Singer film about how evil can be so seducing, came out June 7, while on June 14 comes Johnny Mnemonic, the adaptation of the William Gibson sci-fi story which was Keanu Reeves’ first movie (and misstep) after hitting it big with Speed.

 -- Here’s a biggie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition hits Blu-ray on June 28. Just in time for the American Independence holiday weekend (or the Canadian national holiday, take your pick) because you’ll need all that extra time to savor all three films on 15 discs and over 26 hours of special features.

The movies, which is boasting a new remastered transfer of Fellowship of the Ring, will come accompanied by a series of documentaries by filmmaker Costa Botes that add up to four-and-a-half hours of candid footage. That’s on top of the already comprehensive extras from the original extended DVDs.

This should satiate any fan … until the movies get released in 3D one day.

The set will go for $119.98.

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