Blu-ray Tuesday: Award Winner “Dallas Buyers Club” Dares to Live in HD

"Dallas Buyers Club" (2013) - Blu-ray Tuesday

by Matt Marshall

From awards contenders to action flicks to romantic comedies, there’s plenty of diverse choices this week on Blu-ray. Oscar contender Dallas Buyers Club joins Escape Plan, Free Birds, Baggage Claim, About Time and Justice League: War. 

First up this week is Best Picture nominee, Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Dallas Buyers Club is based on true events of a Texas electrician (McConaughey) diagnosed as HIV-positive in the mid 80s. Together with his transsexual business partner Rayon (Leto), he forms the Dallas Buyers Club to sell unapproved drugs that might give the HIV-positive community a fighting chance. Dallas Buyers Club comes from Universal as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack.

In Escape Plan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone team up to escape from the world’s most secure prison. Escape Plan isn’t the first time the two 80s action stars have worked together. In 2012, Schwarzenegger and Stallone starred in The Expendables 2. Escape Plan is available as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack from Summit Entertainment.

20th Century Fox is releasing two titles on Blu-ray this week. First is animated turkey Free Birds, featuring the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler. Reggie the Turkey (Wilson) travels back in time to stop turkeys from being a staple of Thanksgiving chow. Free Birds is available as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack.

Also from 20th Century Fox this week is Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou and Taye Diggs. In the film, a flight attendant (Patton) is determined to find the man of her dreams within 30 days. Derek Luke and Trey Songz also star in this romantic comedy. Fox is releasing Baggage Claim as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack.

"About Time" (2013) - Blu-ray Tuesday

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Universal Studios is releasing last year’s romantic fantasy About Time. About Time stars Domhnall Gleeson as Tim, a 21-year-old Brit able to turn back time. Tim uses this gift to perfect his relationship with Mary (Rachel McAdams) and do over any event till he gets it right. Bill Nighy also stars as Tim’s father, who also has this gift of time travel. About Time is available as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack.

From Warner Bros., Justice League: War arrives on Blu-ray as the latest DC Comics direct-to-DVD title. Justice League: War is based on the 2011-12 Justice League: Origin storyline by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Batman, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman all make appearances in the animated film squaring off against a mysterious vigilante. Justice League: War is available as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack. Target is offering an exclusive steelbook, while a Superman mini-figure is bundled with the title at Best Buy. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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