Bill Murray in Hyde Park On Hudson

We’re in a slow season for DVD and Blu-ray as many of the big Christmas films have hit disc, or are about to (waiting on you Django Unchained), and as such of late it’s more a steady trickle of slightly interesting titles than any big wallet busting weeks. There are some great titles to chose from, and you can check them out below.

New:

  • Boss: Season Two, The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete First Season: Boss was unceremoniously cancelled from Starz after low ratings, and lower buzz. Always heard good things, so now that it’s all out there, it’s a good time to catch up. The Dick Van Dyke Show is considered the template for all modern sitcoms, so if you want to know where it all came from, here’s a good place to start.
  • Hyde Park on Hudson: Who knew that Bill Murray really wants an Oscar? That can be only reason he agreed to star in this tepid bio-pic about FDR that looked like a redux of something like The King’s Speech. He co-starred with Laura Linney, and it seems like this film will be forgotten by everyone in about three month’s time.

Classics:

  • Gate of Hell, Naked Lunch , Richard III: The latest from Criterion offers a Japanese horror classic, one of Laurence Olivier’s best films, and one of David Cronenberg’s oddest (and funniest). Criterion always delivers, so it’s worth grabbing these if you haven’t seen them and love cinema.
  • Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes: Warner Archives has been dabbling in Blu-ray and the films they’ve put out have all been interesting misfires. This continues that trend. It’s kind of a bad movie, but a fascinating one
  • Rolling Thunder: Quentin Tarantino named his releasing arm after the messed up and incredibly watchable revenge film written by Paul Schader. If you’ve never seen this film it’s our pick of the week.

What are you picking up this week?