If it's crap ... We'll tell you
After a ridiculously long break between entries, I finally return to detailing the very best Blu-Rays that came out in 2011, continuing into the genre of...
The final book of J.K. Rowling's decade-defining fantasy series was, as it turns out, wisely separated into two films, despite much snark about it at the time of initial announcement. A fitting end to the largely great film adaptations, the two blu-ray versions of them are about as kick-ass as you'd want them to be, and the second even comes with an especially revealing hour long conversation between Rowling and lead actor Daniel Radcliffe about the entire film series.
-CLICK HERE TO BUY Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 [Blu-ray]
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Matt Smith's iteration of the Doctor came into his own with the most recent series of the BBC's beloved and thankfully endless sci-fi/comedy series. The overarching theme this season was about his faithful companions, Amy and Rory, who are trying to figure out how to keep the Doc from dying permanently, as they witness first hand in the opening episode of the season. This being time travel and all, there's always a back-door for these things, dontcha know. The set actually comes with lots of bonus materials worth checking out, which isn't always the case with these seasonal releases, so double-win.
-CLICK HERE TO BUY Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series [Blu-ray]
This wonderful (and criminally underseen) science fiction series from genre impresario Rockne S. O'Bannon, and heir apparent to the Henson kingdom, Brian Henson, delivered a solid and wholly innovative four seasons and a wrap-up three part miniseries (that sadly, is sold separately) about these not-so-nice heroes lost in deep space on a living ship and on the run from, well, pretty much everyone they meet. For those who like their heroes of the anti variety and their tv shows unpredictably weird, "Farscape" is essential watching. And now, finally, here it is all in one convenient and relatively compact set.
-CLICK HERE TO BUY Farscape: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
It doesn't matter that Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking (in terms of F/X) dinosaur adventure series really only has one film in it that you HAVE to see. It doesn't matter that the plot of the second film is laughably ridiculous. It does kind of piss me off though when people accuse the second being better than the third, which I thought fill-in director Joe Johnston ("Captain America") did a pretty respectable job with, all things considered. But all three feature special effects that still hold up really well and, in fact, look better than ever with this upgrade to HD, and audio that will set your living room a-shakin'. Add in tons of new bonus features and I can easily overlook some of the less than perfect sequel problems. Rowr.
-Click here to buy Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
I'm still all discombobulated about not everyone loving Duncan Jones's softmore sci-fi effort "Source Code" as much as I did. Perhaps some were discomforted by the romantic ending, which made sense to me within the context given, but, as I've discovered, many of my fellow geeks get all cranky whenever this genre adds chooses to insert some magical realism or even (gasp) love into its plotting. Gyllenhaal delivers in this quirky and original time-bender that deserves a look, and then a second one, to be sure.
-CLICK HERE TO BUY Source Code [Blu-ray]
And here I find myself again, in another desperate plea to the fanboys out there to give this wonderful five season series a try. No, it's not necessary to have watched "Stargate: SG-1" (I hadn't) to get into this, even though it picks up right where the seventh season series finale for the original series left off. Here, a mis-matched early scouting team ends up trapped on the far, FAR side of the universe in a movable entire city created by the same ancients who built the Stargates. Fans of Star Trek: TNG's style of TV storytelling will undoubtedly find a place in their hearts for this series as well. That is, if I can get them to actually watch it at all. They don't know what they're missing and with this new complete blu-ray set, they can find out.
-CLICK HERE TO BUY Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]