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The big news this week is that Star Trek Into Darkness is hitting Blu-ray, but not in a version that will make fans happy. There’s also a lot of television and catalog titles that should make fans happy.

New:

  • Anger Management: Volume 2, The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season, Homeland: The Complete Second Season, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season Eight, The League: The Complete Season Four, Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season: To get everyone geared for the new seasons that have either already started or are about to, the studios are releasing a ton of TV. With most of these, at this point you’re either in or not.
  • I Spit on Your Grave 2: So they made a sequel to the remake, and it surely follows the same blueprint of rape and revenge. Woo hoo.
  • Star Trek into Darkness: As is well known at this point, there’s no one place to get the best version of this film. If you get the digital download from one place you can get J.J. Abrams’ commentary track, which seems like the best supplement. But that’s not available from an in store purchase. Alas. The good news is the film is terrible, so you can skip buying it if you want.
  • Peeples: This film, which came under the Tyler Perry brand, didn’t do very well upon release, but… well, maybe it’s not that bad.
  • Classics:

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: The original version of this film on Blu-ray went out of print, and hopefully this is as good, if not better, a transfer. Fingers crossed.
  • The Fly, Joy Ride: The original Fly hits Blu-ray in a slightly better transfer than the DVD, while Joy Ride is Joy Ride.
  • Jennifer 8, Marathon Man, Next Friday, Sliver: Unrated, Snake Eyes, The Talented Mr. Ripley: The best part of Warner Brothers handling Paramount’s back catalog is that we get some of their better catalog titles like Marathon Man and Ripley, but then also Sliver. Sliver.  
  • La Cage aux Folles, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: More greatness from Criterion, one an upgrade, another a title which was in the collection back in the laserdisc days, but now with more supplements.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition: Though the film did just okay business when originally released, this has become a catalog favorite for Disney. Which means in four to five years, we’ll probably get a 25th anniversary edition.
  • Scanners II / Scanners III: Every week seems to bring a new Shout/Scream factory gem. Though it’s hard to get too excited for these until Criterion finally gets around to releasing the first film.

What are you picking up this week?