As you may recall, I took part in a program called Blu-Ray Elite in the spring and early summer. It was sponsored by Warner Home Video (Jack Warner, hell of a guy, etc…). There was a participation aspect to the program. The more you participated using your blog, website, or social media, the more likely you were to win bonus prizes. They made it easy to meet the minimum by sending plenty of high-quality blu-rays our way. Since I met the minimum, I received my prize package in the mail yesterday. In the spirit of the season- Thanksgiving, you jive turkey!- I owe Warner a thank you. If you send me free stuff, I will say thank you. But first, let me
humble brag tell you about what was in the prize pack.
Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)
The amount of bonuses that come with this package are astounding. I’m most excited to dig into the 64-page perfect-bound book that came with it. And would you believe I’ve never seen Ben-Hur? It’s one of the very few out of the AFI Top 100 that I haven’t seen. I foresee an upcoming three-day weekend that will include my first viewing.
Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection
The prize pack was loaded with great selections, but the Kubrick Collection is the crown jewel as far as I’m concerned. It includes Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). I know there are bonus features but I don’t even care. Just owning those nine movies on blu is a coup. The fact that there are two that I haven’t seen in the mix is icing on the cake.
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006
This is a really nifty addition to my collection. The anthology even includes a few Warner Brothers cartoons, and 1951’s Superman and the Mole Men. I haven’t seen number 3 and 4 yet- the two that featured Richard Pryor. Henceforth, let no man say that I don’t own Superman IV: The Quest for Peace on blu-ray.
Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection
I know a lot of people who would like to own this, and now I do. Although, in full disclosure, it may be temporary. I know someone on my Christmas shopping list who would appreciate this infinitely more than I do, and hopefully they aren’t reading right now. I really loved these movies, so it’s unfortunate that I’ll be passing it along to someone else. But I guarantee it’s the right thing to do.
Band of Brothers/The Pacific (Special Edition Gift Set)
If the Kubrick Collection is the crown jewel of the prize pack, then the Band of Brothers/The Pacific gift set is only just barely behind. And to be blunt, I’m more excited about it than any of the others. Band of Brothers, especially, and The Pacific to a lesser degree are powerful enough to turn me into mush every time I watch them. Sometimes, I don’t even make it past the title sequence. I’m genuinely moved by both mini-series.
Despite my statement to the contrary a few months ago, this REALLY wraps up the Blu-ray Elite program. As you can see, they hooked me up quite a bit with the prize pack. And the prize pack was in addition to an awful lot of great movies that I already received for free in the spring and summer. Here’s to you, Jack Warner.