This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are all about a certain doctor/professor/adventurer whose adventures have kept us entertained for over three decades, and made for at least two good movies. There’s also the surprisingly great The Cabin in the Woods, and the Katy Perry movie, and Criterion’s got a couple winners coming as well. Check it out.

New:

  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Well, somebody’s parents must like this film. It’s an “Old British people acting quirky” movie.
  • The Cabin in the Woods: I didn’t expect this to be as good as it is, and though the film has some problems and inconsistencies, it’s one of the smartest horror films in decades. Well worth a watch.
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon: The latest movie from the Duplass brothers. They put out about three a year, it seems.
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me: This 3D concert film came and went this summer. More than most movies, it belongs to one audience, and likely them alone.
  • Modern Family: The Complete Third Season, Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season: More TV releases.

Classics:

Children of Paradise, The Game, Les visiteurs du soir: The latest from Criterion offers a Marcel Carne-twofer, and David Fincher’s most underrated film. Children of the Paradise is a stone cold masterpiece, though I prefer to use its French title Les Enfants du Paradise, mostly because it’s more fun to say.

The Devil’s Advocate, Queen of the Damned: The latest catalog dump from Warner Brothers. I remember The Devil’s Advocate being much better than you’d think, and it features a fun over the top performance from Al Pacino. Queen of the Damned is wretched, and sort of entertaining for it.

Ed Wood, Judge Dredd: Ed Wood remains Tim Burton’s best film, so it’s a must have, and Judge Dredd is way more entertaining than it has any right to be.

Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch: Shout Factory picked up these two Halloween sequels, and I’ll be honest, I pre-ordered part three, because I think it’s a lot of fun. Even though it doesn’t feature Michael Myers.

Hoffa, The War of the Roses: These are the two films that launched and sidelined Danny Devito’s filmmaking career. War of the Roses was a surprise black comedy hit, and played on Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner’s pairings, while Hoffa was meant to be a big Oscar picture, and ended up flopping when released.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures: Rankings (for me) 1. Temple of Doom, 2. Raiders, 3. Last Crusade, 781. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

What are you picking up this week?