This week offers some great catalog titles, but the new releases are light. Basically, things won’t get exciting until some of the summer’s big titles start hitting home video. Still, there’s some winners here.


  • The Big Wedding: This came out without much fanfare in April and is now on home video, where it might find more life with people who have nothing better to do. The film stars Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Katherine Heigl.
  • Emperor: This Tommy Lee Jones-led bio-pic about General Douglas MacArthur also failed ot find much traction theatrically, but perhaps it will re-run on the History Channel and that might get it to a responsive audience.
  • Girls: The Complete Second Season, The Office: Season Nine, Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season: This week’s TV releases offers the closer to a show that probably should have ended about three years ago, but did end well (at least in the last episode), while Once Upon a Time is surely seen by more people than the buzzed about Girls, but has inspired 1% of the editorials.
  • Hatchet III: Yes, there are three Hatchet films.
  • Olympus Has Fallen: When this came out in March, it was assumed it would be the less successful of the year’s two “Die Hard in the White House” movies. But it appears no one cared about the bigger summer movie version of this story. Winner.


  • Body Double, Sexy Beast: Though if you didn’t order Body Double, it’s likely to be sold out, the latest Twilight Time offerings are upon us, and that’s a good thing.
  • Flashdance, The Presidio, Shaft, Shane: Now that Warner Brothers is handling Paramount’s back catalog, we’re getting some great stuff. Shane came under changes as it was originally to be released widescreen, when that wasn’t the correct aspect ratio. The new transfer is breathtaking, regardless.
  • The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly: Both of these movies are famous for featuring topless scenes by their leads, with Jennifer Connelly removing clothes in the former, and Heather Graham showing it all in the latter. Quality-wise, the films aren’t that great.
  • The Muppet Movie: The Original Classic – The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition: I’m happy to see this on DVD and Blu-ray, though you would think it would have been smarter to put it out when The Muppets hit theater.
  • Seconds: Perhaps the greatest Rock Hudson movie (though his work with Douglas Sirk is equally exemplary), this John Frankenheimer film is powerful and would have a lot of different layers even if Hudson wasn’t later outted. A great addition to the Criterion Collection.

What are you picking up this week?