A roundup of some the upcoming sci-fi and genre Blu-ray releases for the month of February.
♦Friday the 13th Uncut. Feb. 3 (Paramount, $29.99). To whet appetites for the upcoming remake, this release comes with a glut of new bonus materials, behind-the-scenes featurettes and (literally) 10 seconds of extra footage. The transfer itself looks spectacular, but the extras—including interviews with the cast and crew and a terrific, informative commentary track—make this a set of especially great value to fans of the franchise. A vastly superior version to all previous editions, Friday the 13th Uncut is an essential addition to any burgeoning Blu-ray collection.
♦Doom. Feb. 10 (Universal, $29.98). This sci-fi action movie arrives on Blu-ray both as an individual title and packaged with The Scorpion King and The Rundown as part of "The Rock Collection ($69.98)." The individual release assembles all previously available bonus materials on a single disc, along with an HD transfer, which unfortunately amounts to the release's only "new" content, surprisingly good though it is. But unless you're a particularly big fan of the film, skip this set, since you're unlikely to learn anything new about Doom (including why it was made in the first place).
♦My Name Is Bruce. Feb. 10 (Image Entertainment, $27.98). Iconic B-movie actor Bruce Campbell's gloriously cheesy, self-referential horror-comedy arrives on Blu-ray, complete with a commentary track, multiple featurettes and a documentary entitled "Heart of Dorkness." Because the film was shot in HD, the transfer looks amazing, revealing such details as the monofilament holding up prosthetic monsters' wings. The documentary suffers only because last summer's Tropic Thunder aped Coppola's Apocalypse Now doc mere months before this one. But this is a film that really demands little in the way of visual minutiae, making it a fun but unnecessary purchase.
♦Street Fighter: Extreme Edition. Feb. 10 (Universal, $29.98). Coming in anticipation of another sequel movie, this release features enough extras to make the movie look like a good career choice for Jean-Claude Van Damme. On a candid commentary track, writer-director Steven E. DeSouza (Die Hard) talks at length about adapting a video game for the big screen, which is passingly engaging. But it's the wealth of behind-the-scenes footage—including Bison recruitment mockups and video-game re-enactments—that illlustrate the effort that went into translating the game to the screen. Unfortunately, none of this makes the actual movie any better, and the transfer is uneven at best, making this a must-have for die-hard fans of the film only.
♦Quarantine. Feb. 17 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $39.95). This update of the zombie movie bows on Blu-ray with featurettes, making-of materials and a commentary track by sibling producer-directors Drew and John Erick Dowdle. The film itself looks great, but it's the Dowdles' commentary that proves most valuable, particularly since they spend much of the time explaining the tricks they used to make the movie scarier. The high-def format highlights those missed details, making this the best format and presentation for the film.