With home entertainment systems featuring screens as big as the Ritz, it’s a good time to look at some recent DVD and Blu-ray releases of celebrated epics from the recent past.
At the top of everyone’s list of intelligent epics is David Lean’s Oscar best picture-winning "Lawrence of Arabia," newly released in a handsome 50th anniversary box that includes a new 4K restoration of the film as one of its trio of Blu-ray discs. There's also an 88-page hardcover book and an actual 70mm film frame, but the movie itself is the reason to take this home.
Another visual masterwork celebrating an anniversary is Ridley Scott’s mind-bending "Blade Runner." Warner Bros. is marking the film's 30th anniversary with DVD and Blu-ray sets. If you don't already own this enormously influential film, this might be an opportune moment to change that.