After the holiday weekend, it’s kind of a dead week for DVD and Blu-ray, but there’s one of last year’s best films, and one of the best films to hit Video on Demand. Oh, and that vampire show from HBO with all the nudity. Not much for catalog releases, but Criterion offers some Ingmar Bergman to class things up. Check out the list after the jump…


  • Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies: I haven’t seen this, and I doubt I ever will, but Asylum pictures deserves credit for making some great parody titles. The films themselves, however…
  • Gone: Amanda Seyfried stars in this thriller that hit theaters briefly earlier this year. Seyfriend is usually smart about a number of roles she’s taken, but this looks like doo-doo.
  • Goon: This massively entertaining hockey movie got the short shrift, but it’s been surprisingly buzzed about for a VOD release.  Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruschel star in this film about hockey and the violence that audiences love. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Man on a Ledge: Haven’t audiences shown that Sam Worthington is an actor they don’t give a crap about? This came out earlier this year and will soon be forgotten like so many early year releases. There’s a heist in this one, but – man.
  • True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season: I’ve never watched this show, but I have seen many stills on line for the show. From what I can tell from those stills, the show is about vampires and sex.  
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: Lynne Ramsay’s return to the big screen after a decade-long absence was controversial, powerful and very, very red. The story of a mother (Tilda Swinton) whose son goes on a killing spree, the film has a dream-like narrative that has Swinton looking through her life for the clues to how things went bad. The film  is not subtle, but definitely a strong film about nature, nuture and forgiveness.


  • Summer Interlude/Summer with Monika: If you want to see early Ingmar Bergman, then Criterion has a double feature for you. These two films show the younger, slightly more impish side of the director, and both were sold on their ‘Foreigness’ to American audiences (read: Europeans had more skin in their films).

What will you be picking up this week?