the-great-gatsby-6We’re starting to see some of the summer’s big releases hit home video this week, and Michael Bay’s latest opus is also now available. But Criterion has the best release of the week, while Shout Factory is releasing some gems. It’s a good but small week for home video.

New:

  • At Any Price: Though the film also stars Dennis Quaid, this seems to have been another attempt to show that Zac Efron has range, and can be a serious actor. But no one bought in. It’s hard to say how many more attempts Efron will get, but he is in the upcoming Neighbors with Seth Rogen, so he has a chance to expand his fanbase outside of his more Teen Beat styled fans.
  • The Great Gatsby: There were a number of pictures this summer that seemed like they could be huge flops, but Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby succeeded in the face of being a 3D adaptation of one of the great novels of the 20th century. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the titular Gatsby, leading an all-star cast through a Luhrmannized take on the turn of the previous century.
  • Pain & Gain: Michael Bay’s small independent movie starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, and was his attempt to do something Coen Brothers-esque. The film already has a cult following. So be it.
  • Prime Suspect: Complete Collection, Sons of Anarchy: Season Five, The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season: Oh, hey, one of the best shows ever is hitting Blu-ray. That’s cool. And The Walking Dead.

Classics:

Dark Angel, Death Hunt, The Idolmaker, Q: The Winged Serpent: Shout and Scream Factory have been killing it, and now we get one of the most underrated musicals of all time in The Idolmaker, and one of the best horror films from the 1980’s in Q: The Winged Serpent.

To Be or Not to Be: Ernst Lubitsch’s comic masterpiece is now in the Criterion collection, which means you should buy it immediately.

What are you picking up this week?