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5 of the best Blu-ray movie classics

Make the most of your HDTV and Blu-ray player with these stone cold classic films, all available now or in the next few months

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)

£22, Amazon

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)

£8.47, Amazon

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)

£89.99, Play

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)

£11.99, Play

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)

£16, Amazon

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.

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