Because this week started with a holiday, it’s likely that’s the reason why this is a pretty weak week for new releases. But for those who like their catalog titles, there’s a couple winners in the mix. Mostly it’s television. Check it out…
- 2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season, Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season, Person of Interest: The Complete First Season, Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season , Haven: The Complete Second Season, How to Make it in America: The Complete Second Season, Hung: The Complete Third Season, The Office: Season Eight: Like I said, a lot of television. The one I’m most interested in is Bored to Death, because I thought that show really found its voice as it went, and it’s sad to know that it’s off the air. Fringe fans should be happy to get their forth season, and someone still likes The Office, right?
- My Sucky Teen Romance: This comes from Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins, who has been bolstered by Ain’t It Cool News, and by crowd-sourced help. I haven’t seen it. Hagins has been making movies for a while now, even though she is currently 19. Here’s the plot: In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, and very blood-thirsty vampires.
- Piranha 3DD: More of the same: Violence and boobs. How Piranha 3D got a sequel is a surprise, and audiences reacted to the follow up with apathy.
- Safe: I like the theory of Jason Statham more than the practice. He’s one of the few action movie stars who gets his films released theatrically these days, but often those movies are not that good. I heard okay word about this one, but it came out at the end of April and disappeared. Such is life.
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Airport: Universal’s catalog dump means that you get one of the great genre hybrids, and the 1970’s big disaster movie. I like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein all right, I recently watched Airport, and it’s sort of amazing how it was the big event film of its year, and now it plays like high-grade television.
- The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 20th Anniversary Edition, Hocus Pocus: More Disney catalog stuff. I know Hocus Pocus has a cult following, but so do almost all films aimed at children it seems. Someone saw the movie when they were eight and have fond memories of it.
- Harry Potter Wizards Collection: The latest collection of Harry Potter films may be the last for a while, but… you never know.
- A New Leaf: Elaine May’s first feature film is a hidden gem. Hilarious and a very black comedy, it concerns a man (Walter Matthau) who marries an heiress (May) with eyes on killing her for her fortune.
- Re-Animator: The 1980’s gore classic was slow to hit Blu-ray in the scheme of things, considering it’s been a home video perennial. Over the top in its violence, and just as funny as it is scary, it’s become a midnight movie classic for a reason.
- Umberto D.: Vittorio Di Sica’s great masterpiece of depression, the film follows a sad old man who is about to evicted from his home, and who tries to find the money to save himself and his dog. Yes, there’s a dog in the middle. Yes, you will cry like a baby.
What are you picking up this week?