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New on Disc: 'Body and Soul' and more …

30 Jul, 2012 By: Mike Clark

Body and Soul

Street 7/31
Olive, Drama, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brookes, William Conrad, Anne Revere, Canada Lee.
The new Blu-ray of Hollywood’s first truly grown-up boxing movie is so pristine that the images suggest moving versions of what we might see in a glossy coffee table book devoted to the great cinematographers.
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Singin’ in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Warner, Musical, $14.96 two-DVD set, $19.98 Blu-ray, $84.99 BD/DVD boxed set, NR.
Stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen.
Warner Home Entertainment has given this MGM release the full deluxe treatment, with sterling sound recording (taking the film’s 60 years into consideration) and a visual presentation that isn’t many notches down from the best vintage Technicolor treatments we’ve seen on Blu-ray. 
Extras: Even the bargain $20 Blu-ray includes a new 50-minute tribute documentary. The combo collector’s edition offers a few unique features: a 48-page booklet, miniaturized lobby art from the day and an umbrella.
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The Last Days of Disco (Blu-ray)

Criterion, Comedy, $39.95 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for some elements involving sexuality and drugs.
Stars Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale.
A clean and colorful Blu-ray upgrade of what I now think is one of the most engaging movies of its year, with commentary and extras carried over from the DVD.
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