With Memorial Day weekend, this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are paltry, but there are some much wanted catalog titles, and one of the most famous fiascos of all time. Check ‘em out.


  • Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part Two,  Doctor Who: The Snowmen: As Doctor Who prepares for its 50th Anniversary, now’s the time to catch up with the latest happenings. It’s impressive how the show has achieved a new life with its latest iterations, as the franchise was nearly dead for so long.


  • Airheads, Bedazzled, Best Laid Plans, Black Knight, Chasing Papi, Dark Skies, Dying Young, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Newton Boys, Simply Irresistible, The Star Chamber: Fox is releasing a number of their lesser catalog titles on Blu-ray this week, but fans of Richard Linklater may wish to grab a 1080 copy of his film The Newton Boys, and well… there’s not much here of worth.
  • Cleopatra: The film that introduced Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton, Cleopatra is way too long, but there are good things in the mix of occasionally great writing, and the pageantry.
  • Life is Sweet : Criterion is releasing this early Mike Leigh film, and it’s a must have.
  • Rolling Thunder: The film after which Quentin Tarantino named his production company had John Flynn directing Paul Schrader’s script, and turned it into a grindhouse masterpiece. Similar thematically to Schrader’s Taxi Driver script, the film has a veteran  (William Devane) returning home, only to be assaulted. After some planning with his friends (including Tommy Lee Jones), they decide to get revenge. This is a must see.

What are you picking up this week?