This is a good week for animation on Blu-ray. You get one of the summer’s better animated titles and some classic Looney Tunes action. You also get one of the year’s best films and one of the best shows on television, along with some pretty bad summer movies. It’s good week for home video, all things.
- Alcatraz: The Complete Series, Mad Men: Season Five: Alcatraz was supposed to be the new hotness, but like many overly hyped shows, it seemed great until people actually saw it. Mad Men is one of the best things to ever be on television, and if you missed the fifth season, it’s time to play catch up.
- Chernobyl Diaries: This came out in May and was promptly forgotten. You may see it in three months in some budget bin and wonder what it is. It’s better if you don’t.
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: This was one of the better films of this last summer, which speaks to how poor most of the big budget movies were in general. Third time’s the charm, this is probably the best of the trilogy.
- Moonrise Kingdom: Calling something an instant classic borders on the oxymoronic. Classics are films that stand the test of time. Yet it’s hard not to fall into hyperbole when it comes to this film. Wes Anderson’s latest is an all-timer, and manages to do something new with his sensibility in a way that’s exciting and fun. This is a very special movie.
- Neil Young Journeys: Jonathan Demme does a second round of recording Neil Young for the big screen. I wish I could get excited about this.
- That’s My Boy: Adam Sandler’s first R-rated comedy in forever. It’s also wildly misogynistic, and only intermittently funny. Andy Samberg co-stars as his son, and that’s about the most clever idea in the film, second only to casting Eva Amurri as a young Susan Sarandon.
- The Funhouse: Collector’s Edition, Terror Train: Collector’s Edition: Scream Factory is doing great work bringing late 70’s and early 80’s horror movies to Blu-ray in spectacular collector’s editions. The Funhouse is the better movie of the two, though it’s rocky – I wouldn’t call it great or anything, but it is interesting.
- Gone in 60 Seconds: Back in the old days they used to really crash cars, and this independent production ranks amongst the best of the 70′s car films like Vanishing Point, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, and The Seven Ups. If you like a good car chase/car crash film, this is definitely worth checking out.
- A League of Their Own: There is no crying in baseball.
- Letter From an Unknown Woman: Olive film is releasing this great film from Max Ophuls, the master of the sensual camera. This is a must have for classic movie fans.
- Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2: More classic cartoons are on the way.
- Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition, The Santa Clause 3-Movie Collection: And here’s more Disney stuff you may love if you grew up with it. Yeah, they made three Santa Clause movies. It’s true.
What are you picking up this week?