Got a Blu-ray player? Not making the most of it, thanks to the likes of Netflix and other streaming services? Join the club – and then leave and form your own "I watch excellent Blu-ray movies" club by buying or pre-ordering these five-star films.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Ltd Edition Steelbook (November 12th)
This 30th anniversary edition of Steven Spielberg’s cuddly alien adventure is the first time the movie has been available on Blu-ray, and this version is the creme de la creme, boasting the original 1982 theatrical cut (yes – no guns replaced by crappy CGI walkie talkies!) plus a bevy of extras. As well as deleted scenes and a cast reunion, there’s an all-new interview with Spielberg.
Once Upon A Time In The West (out now)
The ultimate spaghetti western, Sergio Leone’s masterpiece is laden with iconic scenes and characters, as Charles Bronson’s harmonica-blowing gunman seeks revenge against the cold-blooded murderer Frank, portrayed by Henry Fonda playing against type. The Blu-ray version is so pristine you can practically taste the salty sweat on everyone’s foreheads.
James Bond Collection (September 24th)
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of 007’s first screen outing, this set features every movie from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, including nine that are making their Blu-ray debut. Every film is in HD, and once you’ve exhausted them there’s an insane 130 hours of bonus footage to get through.
Blue Velvet (out now)
If you like your classics a little more indie (not to mention highly disturbing), David Lynch’s look at the horrific underbelly of small town American life might be just up your dark, foreboding street. Features a 45-minute interview with Dennis Hopper, and a 70-minute making of documentary.
Jaws (September 3rd)
Another Spielberg movie, and arguably the one that put him on the map, Jaws makes its HD debut in September (cue the “We’re gonna need a bigger telly” remarks to your other half). This disc features a two-hour documentary on the making of the giant shark-eats-people classic, plus some never-seen-before footage.