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Tuesday October 23, 2007 2:20 am

This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: October 23, 2007

The Shining Blu-rayWhether you’ve made the choice and actually picked a side in this format war, one thing can be agreed upon by all sides—this is a good week for high-definition.

It so happens that Warner Home Entertainment has yet to pick a side in this battle of video/audio quality—a decision that, when the time comes, could end the war for good. For now, however, they are throwing down some pretty good releases to please everyone, and this week is no exception.

The late Stanley Kubrick, idiosyncratic director of some of America’s most cherished cinema, is honored this week with the release of a few classics in dual format—finally, we can all see Jack Torrance’s nose hairs as he axes the hotel door and screams his classic “Here’s Johnny!” After all, Halloween is quick approaching, and a high-def copy of The Shining might make the perfect late-night creepfest. And if horror is your bag, both formats have some decent titles this week. Check the full list after the jump.

Blu-ray:

HD DVD:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Warner)—starring Keir Dullea, directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Carlito’s Way (Universal)—starring Penelope Ann Miller, Sean Penn and Al Pacino; directed by Brian DePalma
  • Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power—starring Luis Guzman, Mario Van Peebles and Jay Hernandez; directed by Michael Bregman
  • A Clockwork Orange (Warner)—starring Malcolm McDowell, directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Eyes Wide Shut (Warner)—starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Sydney Pollack; directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Full Metal Jacket: Deluxe Edition (Warner)—starring Mathew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Baldwin and R. Lee Ermey; directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Inside Man (Universal)—starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; directed by Spike Lee
  • Keali’i Reichel - Live in Concert (Alternative Distribution Alliance)—directed by Dennis Mahaffay
  • Motorhead: Stage Fright (SPV Records)—directed by Sven Offen
  • Seed of Chucky (Universal)—starring Brad Dourif, John Waters, Redman and Jennifer Tilly; directed by Don Mancini
  • The Shining (1980) (Warner)—starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers; directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • The Sopranos: Season Six, Part Two (Warner)—starring Michael Imperioli, Edie Falco and James Gandolfini; created by David Chase

(Click here to check out the latest titles.)

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