'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:
'Highlander' (Director's Cut)
Twitter Tag Line: Sean Connery! Christopher Lambert! Sword fighting in NYC! Decapitations! Immortals! The quickening! Soundtrack by Queen! Play it again, Sean!
New Special Features: Six minutes of deleted scenes; alas, without sound. Carries over the audio commentary from the DVD; director's cut includes about 10 extra minutes, compared to the theatrical release version.
Transfer/Audio: "A pretty healthy leap in video quality ... It's not a perfect transfer but it is certainly a big improvement" over the previously-issued standard definition DVD releases. (DVD Beaver) "Transfer is at times shockingly uneven." (Blu-ray.com)
Replay Value: Distributor Lionsgate has set the list price at $19.99, a bargain for fans who have made 'Highlander' a big hit via home video. The action sequences hold up very nicely, both those set in the modern day and the ones set in ancient days, Christopher Lambert does much better than you might expect, and Sean Connery makes the incredible premise seem believable. Something odd comes together here and it's altogether fun to watch.
Also consider: 'The Bridge on the River Kwai,' David Lean's epic tale of a British colonel (Alec Guinness) in a Japanese POW camp during World War II and his determination to build the best darn bridge ever. With William Holden and Jack Hawkins.