What do John Wayne, a Great White Shark and a six-foot-three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit have in common? They’re all featured in three classic films set for release on Blu-ray this month.
Already available since Tuesday is a Rio Grande (1950), the third and arguably best installment to John Ford’s famed ‘Cavalry Trilogy.’ Next week, Steven Spielberg’s all-time classic Jaws (1975) makes its debut on the format as part of Universal Studio’s 100th anniversary celebration.
At the end of the month, Michael Curtiz’s under-appreciated Western, Santa Fe Trail (1940), arrives despite being released in a wide variety of formats after falling into the public domain.
To me, the most interesting release is Raoul Walsh’s noir-like Western, Pursued (1947), which stars Robert Mitchum as a former Civil War hero forced to face the demons of his past. Finally, Universal Studios – which appears to have waited until this year to unleash its best movies – will release the James Stewart classic, Harvey (1950).
Of course, this month’s Blu-ray releases make great gifts for classic film buffs and casual fans alike.
Blu-ray cover for ‘Jaws’ (1975)/Universal Studios