If your idea of a good day off is to relax on the couch and watch old war movies, then you are in luck. Fox and MGM have just given us a treasure trove of new to Blu-ray releases that will have you wanting to go out and buy the high def player (if you didn’t already have one). Patton, Battle of Britain, A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, and The Sand Pebbles look and sound better than you’ve ever seen or heard them before. These make for a great Father’s Day gift or just an upgrade to your collection.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Starring Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, and Jim Broadbent
Rated PG for battle sequences and frightening moments
Available May 13, 2008 on Blu-ray disc (standard DVD has already been released)
Appropriate for all ages
Since before the death of HD-DVD, Disney has been going strong with blu-ray disc, but recent titles such as Ratatouille, Enchanted, and now Narnia are really setting the bar for the budding format. If you haven’t yet purchased a Blu-ray player or Playstation 3, then you will probably want to skip over this review (or go get one). But if you are looking to expand your hi-def library, this is a great disc to add to the collection. For those of you unfamiliar with the C.S. Lewis tale, four siblings from war-torn England discover a hidden door that leads them to the magical land of Narnia, where animals talk and where they are destined for greatness. The disc’s documentaries and extras have all been seen on previous versions of the dvd, but there is a new game included, exclusively for blu-ray, called Battle For Narnia, which from a brief first play looks like a great little companion to the movie (especially for the kids).