Slow week for Blu-rays and DVD, but one of the fall’s most charming films is hitting the format, along with one of Steven Spielberg‘s masterpieces. All that and a few others in this week’s picks.


  • Playing for Keeps: As last week brought us the first of the Gerard Butler Bombs of 2012, this week brings the second. From all accounts (life is short), this is a dire romantic comedy that is as boring as it is predictable.
  • Red Dawn (2012): The long delayed remake of the John Milius “Classic,” Red Dawn is the exact sort of film that shows why most remakes suck. It removes what made the first film special, is afraid of offending people when it has a clearly inflammatory subject, and doesn’t have the pulp drive of its predecessor. Oh well.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Some thought this might win the best Animated picture Oscar, which speaks to the quality of the film, which tried to do for video games what Toy Story did for toys.


  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection: For a while this was a Best Buy exclusive, but now you can get it anywhere. As someone who grew up on these movies, I’m sort of tempted, but the first three have already been released, and it’s hard to argue that they aren’t the best, though Wes Craven‘s New Nightmare has its moments.
  • Schindler’s List: Steven Spielberg’s classic film is now getting released on Blu-ray. What’s perhaps most amazing about the film is how watchable the film is. Great performances all around, and it was the first film that netted Spielberg an Oscar. Well deserved, at that.
  • Westworld: In our remake culture, it’s shocking that this film hasn’t been updated, as the idea is solid (it seems like Arnold Schwarzenegger was rumored at some point). Two guys go to a more interactive version of Disneyland with robots, only the robots malfunction and kill the guests. In some ways it was remade as Jurassic Park, but that’s Michael Crichton for you.

What are you picking up this week?