My Blu-Ray Collection: New Acquisitions!

(C) 2018, 2004 Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Disney/Pixar

Hello, Dear Reader. It is mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, May 17, 2021. Presently, it is a cool late spring day. The temperature is 71˚ F (21˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 34% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like factor is 67˚F (20˚C). So it’s nice outside right now, but by this afternoon it will be summer-like hot. Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 87˚F (30˚C). Tonight, we can expect partly cloudy skies and a low of 66˚F (19˚C). The Air Quality Index is 46, or Good.

Today, my movie collection will see the addition of a new title with the arrival of The Incredibles, director Brad Bird’s 2004 hit Pixar film about a 1960s-era all-American family with superpowers trying to lead ordinary lives in a society where superheroes are placed in a government-mandated Superhero Relocation Program. Starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Elastigirl), Sarah Vowell (Violet), Spencer Fox (Dash), and Jason Lee (Buddy Fine/Syndrome), The Incredibles is a witty, inventive, and entertaining action-adventure/comedy that will please adult viewers as well as kids.

I have only watched The Incredibles once, and that was when my friend and former Miami neighbor Ivan Kivitt loaned me his DVD copy back in 2005. I enjoyed it, but I usually don’t buy a lot of animated films – the genre only accounts for 1.5% of my Blu-ray collection – and I tend to be quite picky when it comes to getting them on home media. I didn’t have to use my credit card for it, either – I had close to $140.00 in “Shop with Points” rewards in my Amazon Visa account, so I used some of those to pay for my 4K UHD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy set of The Incredibles.

So, when The Incredibles arrives here this afternoon, I will have a grand total of 383 Blu-rays (including 45 titles in 4K). Most of those are feature films, but 53 of the Blu-ray titles are home media releases of TV shows, including several Star Trek series, a bunch of documentaries, and several miniseries that aired on HBO (Band of Brothers, From the Earth to the Moon, and The Pacific) and Hulu (11.22.63 and The Looming Tower).

Of course, my collection will inevitably expand more; if you are a regular reader of A Certain Point of View, Too, you know that I am expecting to receive the 4K UHD reissue of the four existing Indiana Jones films that Paramount is releasing in a few weeks to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I’m also expecting the Blu-ray release of Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns, which includes the original 1994 documentary and its 2011 sequel, Baseball: The 10th Inning – A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick. This box set is due to be released on the same day as the Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection set – June 8 – so next month is going to be a good one from a collecting point of view…but not exactly a good one from the “credit card bill” point of view.

Oh, and I finally found a reasonably priced – and in “New” condition – Blu-ray of 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated theatrically released movie which kicked off the eponymous Cartoon Network TV series (2008-2013) and its Netflix/Disney+ continuations, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions and Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Final Season.

I should have bought the Blu-ray when Warner Home Video released it almost 13 years ago, but at the time I was not impressed with the film so I thought the DVD would suffice. Later, when I changed my mind and decided my collection would not be complete without it, the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was nearly impossible to find on Amazon, and the few times when I did see it there, the price was ridiculously high – one seller asked buyers to fork over $100 for a two-disc set in “Mint” condition.

I ended up ordering a 2-disc set last night. It wasn’t as inexpensive as it might have been 13 years ago, but at $35.98 ($31.99 plus shipping from Tennessee), my copy of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will not cost me an arm and a leg, either.

That’s all the news that I have for you right now, so I’ll just close this out and bid you, Dear Reader, a fond adieu. I have other duties to attend to, and I, in the words of John Wayne in The Cowboys, am “burning daylight.” So, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.   

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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