Rather than being a proper top 10 I’m going to list my top 10 favorite Blu-ray releases of 2013 but in no particular order 🙂 Yeah I know it’s a cop out but I’d still be here in 2015 trying to place them all in a proper top 10!
Iron Man 3
I absolutely loved this! Whilst it should’ve been called ‘Iron Man 3: Tony Stark’ I thought it was a brilliant film and much needed step-up from the disappointment that was Iron Man 2.
Evil Dead (2013)
Now I’m not one for remakes and when this was first announced I’ll admit I was dead against this remake of one of my all time favorite horror movies. Whilst (IMO) this isn’t a patch on the original, it was a very intense and brutal horror movie that I did end up enjoying.
This Tom Cruise starer turned out to be a surprise for me. Not only did it look gorgeous, the audio on it was some of the best I’ve heard! An AV treat on Blu-ray and a very good film to boot
Olympus Has Fallen
Who would’ve thought that Gerard Butler playing the lead role in saving the President Action movie would’ve been so good?! For me Olympus Has Fallen is one of the best action films to be released in most recent years. It doesn’t hold back on the violence, it doesn’t hold back on swearing, it doesn’t hold back on blood and it’s a real fun film to watch. I likened it to a new up-to-date Die Hard and is a movie I can watch over and over again.
Fast and Furious 6
I’ve been a huge fan of the F&F series ever since it first started all those years ago. The sequels (since number 4) just got better and better and I really enjoyed F&F 6. The ensemble cast are great and the franchise was lined up to go on for a few more movies; that was until tragedy struck and Paul Walker passed away earlier on this year in a car accident. I do hope we get to see Fast and Furious 7 the way it was meant to be seen, but who knows?
Man Of Steel
The Snyder take on the caped superhero seemed to take ages to finally be released but in my opinion it was worth it! I’m in the ‘Loved the movie’ camp and the Blu-ray release was superb with a great picture and audio. It’s going to be interesting to see how the sequel turns out (Batman & Superman…….)
I think people expected too much of this…. it’s about giant robots fighting giant monsters. Very simple story and not one that in my opinion you can expect too much from. The film was an absolute blast, and was just as much fun watching this on Blu-ray than it was in the cinema. The Blu-ray is pretty much reference quality and a really good fun film to boot.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
JJ Abrams sequel more than lived up to his first movie and was just as enjoyable. Like most of these titles that I’ve already mentioned it goes without saying that this is AV feast and will look in any home cinema and is a damn good movie to get kick back and watch.
This Is The End
This one was more of a surprise for me. I’m a big fan of the team behind the movie so naturally I wanted to see it, but I was surprised to find it to be one of the best comedies released this year and it was something different to the norm. The Blu-ray boasts great picture and sound and is a must for everyone’s collection.
The Last Stand
What would my top 10 be with an Arnie film? The returning actioner for Arnie didn’t fair well at the cinemas but found it’s market on Blu-Ray topping the charts worldwide. For me, The Last Stand was a brilliant action movie that suited Arnold down to a T. The Blu-ray was released earlier on in the year with a great AV package and some decent extras that makes the film a must for all Arnie and action fans.
As a special mention, I’d like to just mention some worthy back catalogue releases that have been graced with a Blu-ray release this year
1. The Punisher (Austrian Mediabook release)
This year so Austria release an awesome 3 disc Mediabook of the Dolph Lundgren original ‘Punisher’ movie. This release was extra special as an added extra, the much sought after workprint version was also included on a separate DVD.
2. Army of Darkness (German Ultimate Edition)
This was an amazing release for fans of the Evil Dead series. This released contained 6 discs in a really nice digipack box set and featured not one, but 4 versions of the film! Finally Army Of Darkness was given a great Blu-Ray release with new picture and sound for the directors cut but also included on a DVD the very rare US TV cut that featured never before seen scenes that were aired on TV as well as a heap of extras
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Arrow Limited Edition Box Set)
Arrow took the already great US Blu-ray and added in some more of their exclusive extras and stuck it all into a fantastic limited edition box set.
4. Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray)
I’ve not defined this down to either the US Digibook or the UK Steelbook other than this release, in my opinion, is the best Halloween has ever looked! It misses out on some previous extras from old DVD releases that weren’t ported over but does add in some great new additions.
5. Friday the 13th Collection (US Limited Edition Tin Box Set)
When this was announced Jason Vorhees fans rejoiced at the news that the complete box set would be released on Blu-ray. The box set comes in a very very nice embossed tin with a digipack inside, with all the movies included.
6. Terminator 2 (Kimchi Exclusive no 1 Steelbook)
Even though my all time favorite film has been released on Blu-ray a number of times, Korean retailer KimchiDVD had a stab at releasing another Steelbook of the Arnie classic with some added extras making it possibly the best Terminator 2 Steelbook to own.