So the summer’s biggest film hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, as does the Blu-ray collection of all the James Bond films. September is going to be an expensive month if you’re a collector, and this week’s going to hurt your wallet.


  • American Horror Story: The Complete First Season, Portlandia: Season Two, Key and Peele: Season One: This week’s TV releases offers one of the more buzzed about shows of last year, one of IFC’s great sleepy pleasures, and one of Comedy Central’s breakout hits.
  • The Avengers: I watched the film again this weekend, and though it still has its problems, the film builds to a monster of a conclusion that manages to deliver everything you’d want in this sort of movie. It takes about two hours to get there, but once it does, it’s a thing of beauty.


  • The American President, Dave: Warner Brothers must be feeling presidential with the upcoming elections, and so these two mildly liberal, mildly political films are hitting Blu-ray. Arguably Dave is the best thing Ivan Reitman ever directed (note: not his best film), while The American President is a very 90’s take on a hip president.
  • Arachnophobia: Thought to come out sooner, there were some technical delays with this one. Disney tried really hard to make Arachnophobia a hit in the early nineties, but if you don’t like spiders, then it’s a hard film to watch. I’ve always enjoyed it, but it’s modest.
  • Bond 50: All the Bond. The great thing is that this set includes On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for the first time on Blu-ray. The bad thing is that owning this set means owning at least five to ten movies you may actively despise.
  • Eating Raoul: Paul Bartel’s camp classic joins the Criterion Collection, and that is a very good thing.
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Complete 6-Film Blu-ray Collection: One of the most violent and awesome of the Samurai movies, the film is about a father samurai whose wife is murdered, so he takes his infant son along with him while also going about getting revenge. A Classic.
  • Porky’s: This film is a lot sweeter than you’d think, and also has much less nudity than you’d think. It was a huge hit in the 1980’s, but its popularity seems to have waned over the years. Probably because the idea of it was better than the reality.

What are you picking up this week?