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This week brings The Hobbit and Zero Dark Thirty to DVD and Blu-ray, which is exciting, and some of the most anticipated Criterion releases of the year. So, not a bad week.

New:

  • Bachelorette: This is hit VOD last year, and was a minor triumph, and is now coming to DVD/Blu-ray. Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan star as a couple of women who are the maids of honor for a girl they and didn’t particularly like in high school, and end up partying hard. Billed as similar to Bridesmaids and The Hangover, the film is surprisingly good, and features a great Lizzy Caplan performance.
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty much done with this franchise at this point. I can’t ever imagine watching this film again, and I have zero excitement for the new films. Perhaps it’s because this movie is endlessly boring. Peter Jackson directs to little effect.
  • Rust and Bone: Sony Pictures Classics thought they might have an Oscar contender with this one, but it didn’t build enough support. One of those love it or hate it movies, it does feature Marion Cotillard, and someone getting their legs bit off by whales.
  • Zero Dark Thirty: It’s hard not to wonder if the controversy over this movie was generated to hurt the movie’s Oscar chances. And it’s quite possible that’s the case – that some dirty Oscar pool was meant to muddy the waters. Who cares, Kathryn Bigelow made a great film for the ages. Jessica Chastain stars as the woman who helped hunt down and finally kill Osama Bin Laden. A gripping procedural, it absolutely smokes Argo.  

Classics:

  • Badlands. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: Two must have classics from Criterion. The former is the first and most commercial film by Terrence Malick. The later is possibly the greatest film by Powell and Pressburger.
  • Porky’s: Perhaps the most famous boobie movie of the 1980’s, this spawned so many imitators and knock offs, that it helped create a sub-genre. Funnily enough, the movie’s kind of sweet and silly. Which is to say there’s not that much nudity in it, all things.

What are you picking up this week?