VB: Mainstream movie reviewers, including the legendary Roger Ebert, are starting to rally around Blu-ray Disc.
The format has long had support from tech fans, but up until now, it has not played a big factor in movie reviews. But the recent Blu-ray releases of the Godfather trilogy and world documentary Baraka have so inspired critics that many are telling readers that now is the time to purchase Blu-ray players.
That attention to detail had Ebert glowing in his Oct. 16 review that "Baraka by itself is sufficient reason to acquire a Blu-ray player." He describes various scenes giddily, such as "the indescribable beauty of the aborigines" and "the sad poetic beauty in slow motion of a chain of explosions for a strip mine."
The San Francisco Examiner took a shine to Baraka as well declaring, "Anyone who dug Discovery Channel's Planet Earth series, especially on Blu-ray, will totally fall in love with this flick."
Critics feel much the same way about Paramount Home Entertainment's Sept. 23 Godfather release, which features all three films.