This week brings one of the Spring’s hit movies, and one of last year’s sneakily successful TV shows along side some classic catalog titles from Disney and one of Mel Brook’s last good films. Not a bad week for DVD and Blu-ray. Check it out…

New:

  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax:  This feature length adaptation of a book that runs less than forty pages was a hit, partly because of the Dr. Seuss label. This seems like something for parents to shove their kids in front of to distract them.
  • Family Guy: Blue Harvest: Family Guy. Still a thing.
  • Grimm: Season One: I caught up with this show over the weekend, and was impressed at the use of Portland, Oregon locations, though the show itself is a bit rocky, but compelling to watch. Part cop show, part supernatural spook’em, the show follows a detective who learns he’s supposed to be tracking and killing evil spirits who live close to him.

Classics:

  • Adventures in Babysitting, Grosse Pointe Blank , High Fidelity , The Preacher’s Wife , Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion: 15th Anniversary Edition: The best John Cusack films are now available on Blu-ray, between Grosse, Fidelity and the previously issued Say Anything and Better Off Dead. It looks like Preacher is here to cash in on Sparkle and the death of Whitney Houston, and both Romy and Babysitting have their cult followings, though I’ve never sparked to either.
  • Blues Brothers 2000, Evan Almighty: Why these films are on Blu-ray is anyone’s guess. I guess Universal hates you.
  • The Boogens, Bound , Johnny Guitar , Rio Grande: Olive films have become one of the best companies at releasing catalog titles, and this week offers bounties. Of these I’d say the best is Nicholas Ray’s wild Johnny Guitar, which stars Joan Crawford in one of her greatest roles. But then there’s also The Wachowski’s Bound, which was the film that launched their careers, and hinted at some of their interests. And then there’s John Ford’s Rio Grande, and the cult classic The Boogens.
  • Clue: The Movie: The cult following for this movie has grown over the years, which may explain why Paramount is putting it out at all. But it’s a great cast, and it’s got the John Landis touch (even though he only produced it). It’s much better than it’s box office might lead you to believe.
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat: Deluxe Edition , The Incredible Mr. Limpit: Warner Brothers is releasing some tie-in kids films to The Lorax, and I have to say I’m a little curious to watch The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a film that they’ve tried to remake for years now.
  • Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition: May the Schwartz be with you. It looks like they’ve added some new supplements, though it’s hard to say if this is worth a double-dip if you already have it.

What are you picking up this week?