There are some great releases this week and Warner leads things off with The Matrix Ultimate Collection boxset which includes the Matrix trilogy of films as well as The Animatrix and a treasure trove of supplemental material. Not to be outdone, Universal delivers the heavy-hitting Gangsters Giftset which includes the critically-acclaimed crime dramas Casino, American Gangster and Eastern Promises (also available individually).
Paramount debuts the latest summer franchise entry Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...hopefully you like it better than Stan and Kyle did! Perhaps not coincidentally, Fox is releasing the Indy-inspired Michael Douglas / Kathleen Turner romantic adventures Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. The parade of horror films also continues this week as Warner gets its spook on with Poltergeist and Constantine.
Dialing down the production budget a bit, there is a nice selection of independent and lower-profile films this week: Saving God from Echo Bridge, War, Inc. from First Look, Stuck from Image, Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan from New Line, Standard Operating Procedure from Sony, and Warren Miller's Playground from Warner.
A veritable cornucopia of IMAX titles is also served up this week. Image gives us Coral Reef Adventure, Dolphins, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, The Living Sea and Mystery of the Nile, while Warner also chimes in with a pair of IMAX double-features Cosmic Voyage / Destiny in Space and Space Station / Mission to Mir.
If you're in the mood for zoning out, entering a soothing meditative state and/or channeling your inner tree spirit, you might want to try out one of Topics Entertainments ambient screensaver titles HD Moods: Aquarium, HD Moods: Flowers, HD Moods: Mountains and HD Moods: Tropical Beaches. In a similar vein, HD Environments presents Living Landscapes: Fall in New England and Living Landscapes: Rocky Mountains. Finally, Surround Records offers up another Blu-ray audio title Bach: Orchestral Suites 1-3 Tripelkonzert.