'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that will run on Tuesdays and examine the week's new Blu-ray releases while focusing on recommending titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie.
For Blu-ray Vets:
Twitter Tag Line: Nearly impossible to sum up in a few words, the outrageous 1977 film from Japan's Nobuhiko Obayashi must be seen to be believed.
Special Features: Notable for a 1966 short film by Obayashi running about 40 minutes and a 46-minute interview piece.
Transfer/Audio: "Shows far superior detail ... Seeing it in the higher resolution was a treat and because it visually looks so different from the SD-DVD -- it was almost like watching it for the first time." (DVD Beaver)
Replay Value: Unreeling like a half-remembered fever dream, 'House' follows young Oshare and her schoolgirl friends as they visit her aunt in the country. What they don't know is that Oshare's aunt is not what she appears to be and within her home resides an endless parade of freaky, otherworldly horrors. The film is so jam-packed with visual delights that it takes multiple screenings to catch all of them, and somehow feels like a different experience with every viewing.
Further Reading: Moviefone's Eric Larnick observed: "Calling it 'weird' for the sake of being weird is an insult to the level of experimental, absurd filmmaking at work."
Also consider: 'Paths of Glory.' Stanley Kubrick's anti-war classic stars Kirk Douglas and is now available in a new edition, also from the Criterion Collection.