Blu-ray releases for the week of August 5

Yes, the selection is slim for this week, but one of Blu-ray releases did win an Oscar for best foreign film last year. Guess which one?

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With the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies happening this Friday, we're betting most of you will be stuck on the couch all weekend, rooting for your home country (probably the good ol' USA, right?) as they compete in baseball, basketball, football, maybe even synchronized swimming for those select few.

You should, since NBC, CNBC, Universal HD, and most of NBC's channels will be broadcasting the games around the world in gorgeous 1080i. If not, consider picking one of following new Blu-ray releases. Yes, the selection is slim for this week, but one of them did win an Oscar for best foreign film last year. Guess which one? And no, it wasn't the Starship Troopers trilogy.

The Counterfeiters, a Stefan Ruzowitzky film, fictionalizes Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by the Nazis during World War II to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding the country with counterfeit bills. The film focuses on Salomon Sorowitsch, a Jewish counterfeiter who is coerced to help the Nazis while in a concentration camp. The Blu-ray release contains interviews, deleted scenes, and even exclusive BD-Live content.

For the kids, we have Nim's Island, starring Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine. "The film is an adventure-fantasy film focusing on a young girl, Nim," according to the film's Wikipedia entry, "who seeks help from the author of her favorite adventure series when her scientist father goes missing on a island in the South Pacific."

The BBC rounds out this week with two releases--one which is perfectly suited for the upcoming games, Wild China. Journey through the Himalayas to the Steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands as you flip the channel back and forth between the games.

(Source: High-Def Digest)

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