With David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo set to hit the big screen next month, this week we’re looking at the best re-makes available on Blu-ray. So if you’re stuck for ideas this weekend, why not try out one of the following?
The original film struck fear into its 1933 audience when it first came to life in black and white. Fast forward 72 years and director Peter Jackson took to the helm of the monster hit with stunning results. Director Carl Denham (Jack Black) and his leading lady Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) run aground a mysterious island full of a world of ancient creatures, scary beasts and one almighty ape. A theatrical cut and extended version of the movie await viewers of the BD, alongside audio commentaries from Jackson and writer Phillippa Boyens, conceptual art galleries, cast and crew interviews and BD Live functionality.
The Coen Brothers reimagining of the John Wayne classic True Grit rode a wave of critical acclaim upon its release, which saw the directing duo rack up 10 nominations at this year’s Oscars. Telling the story of a 14 year old girl who employs an ageing U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) to hunt her father’s killer, the Coens’ adaptation closely follows the original novel penned by Charles Portis. Bonus content on the BD includes a cinematography featurette, a short film on Portis entitled Charles Portis – The Greatest Writer You’ve Never Heard Of, and an adventurous look at the film’s weaponry, deleted scenes and extensive interviews with cast and crew.
Let Me In
With the world going gaga for all things vampire, it was only a matter of time before John Lindqvist’s celebrated novel, which was made into a Swedish film in 2008, got an English adaptation. Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves follows 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) a social misfit from a broken home who strikes up a close friendship with mysterious neighbour Abby (Chloe Moretz). Extras on the BD include an extensive interview with Reeves who touches on the advice given to him by Steven Spielberg, interviews with the cast and crew as well as deleted scenes, a picture gallery and insights into the set design, make up and costumes.
So what do you think of our choices? Hit the comments to tell us your favourite remakes, or tell us what else you’ll be looking forward to watching on Blu-ray this weekend.