This is a good week for some of the most interesting films of 2012 so far, and some of the best television going these days. There’s also one of Madonna’s big “Gimme an Oscar” movies, and some Criterion awesomeness. Check out this week’s best DVD and Blu-ray releases…


Big Miracle: This is one of those films that will likely be relegated to the bargain bin shortly. I know this came out, I know that it starred Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, I know Rob Riggle mentioned it in the interview I did with him, but I think it’s about a whale, or a dolphin or a freak pregnancy or something.

Jeff Who Lives at Home: The Duplass brothers are one of the hottest indie directors working today, which is both great and terrible. Of course they work within the system and get stars like Jason Segal and Ed Helms, so how indie are they. Mark Duplass is also one of the busiest men in Hollywood, from directing this and another movie this year, along with starring on a TV show and movies like Your Sister’s Sister. Busy busy. I heard this was good, which is their MO.

Louie: The Complete Second Season/ Wilfred: The Complete First Season: F/X has carved out a great niche for themselves as one of the better networks, with shows like these. Louie really is the best comedy on television these days, and these thirteen episodes are filled with a great many highs.

Project X: One of my friends wrote this so I’ll recuse myself from commentary. Teen hijinks similar to The Hangover with a huge party that nearly destroys a neighborhood made for a modest March hit. Surely the DVD and Blu-ray are unrated, so expected more shenanigans.

Wanderlust: David Wain’s comedy was dumped in February by Universal, and you would think a movie starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston would have an audience, and perhaps it will find one through home video. I missed it in the theater, and can’t wait to catch up with the film, as the Blu-ray has an alternate cut that sounds interesting.


And Everything is Going Fine, Gray’s Anatomy: It’s too bad Criterion couldn’t get Swimming to Cambodia added to their Spalding Gray titles, as that’s an essential Gray film, but it’s great to have some of his work in the collection. Both films were directed by Steven Soderbergh, who was a fan of the monologist who killed himself in 2004. Going Fine is a documentary about Gray’s life, while Anatomy is one of his monologues.

Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition, Sister Act/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition: Musicals from Disney. What a treat. Newsies has a strange cult following, and was recently turned into a Broadway show. Evita was meant to be Madonna’s chance to cinematic respectability, and the film is… okay. Sister Act was a phenomenon when it was released in 1990, though – as a picture that played well with audiences – it seems to have been of its moment.

What are you picking up this week?