It’s a weak week for new films, though the topically released The Campaign is hitting just in time for the elections, but for those who love classics, between the Criterion release of Rosemary’s Baby and the Alfred Hitchcock collection, it’s a hard week on one’s wallet.

New:

  • The Campaign: We thought this was a pretty good comedy when it came out earlier this year, and it’s probably just as interesting/topical now as it was lo those eleven weeks ago when it was released. Kind of a quick turnaround all things, but with the elections next week, fitting.
  • A Christmas Story 2: Who is this movie for, exactly? Who wanted more of this some thirty years after the fact? This is unknown, but it’s likely that the film was made because it will eventually end up on cable and show enough times that if they made it for the right number, it will turn a profit. Otherwise, it’s such an empty thing.
  • Chuck: The Complete Series, Metalocalypse: Season Four: This week’s television releases are for the fans. Chuck is already out, but now there’s a complete collection, while the fourth season of Metalocalypse proves that there are four seasons of that show.
  • Ruby Sparks, Safety Not Guaranteed: These two independent films hit theaters this summer hoping to be the alternatives to the big budget blockbusters. It looks like they didn’t make much of an impression.

Classics:

  • Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection: Though this set includes films that could hardly be called Masterpieces, with the inclusion of Vertigo, Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt, The Birds, and Marnie, this a must have.
  • House of Dark Shadows, Night of Dark Shadows: A day late and a dollar short, fans of Dark Shadows, and those looking for tie-in’s to the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton flop can now watch the movies that spun off from the popular soap opera.
  • Rosemary’s Baby: Roman Polanski’s American debut is a truly great work that understands that horror is often on the verge of being funny. And this is one of the darkest laughs in American cinema.

What are you picking up this week?