One of the summer’s best/only comedies hits home video this week, along with The Little Mermaid, and a number of classics. It’s not a bad week for collectors, that’s for sure.
- The Croods: When you talk about how a film is successful, keep in mind that release dates and timing sometimes have as much to do with a film doing well as anything else. The Croods made nearly $200 Million domestically, and over half a billion worldwide. Who knew?
- Glee: The Complete Fourth Season: Yes, this show is still on the air. This was Cory Monteith’s last nearly full run as his character — he was written out of the last two episodes of this season because he went into rehab. Sad story that.
- Fright Night 2: New Blood: This “sequel” is actually a remake of the 1985 version of the film, and not really a follow up to the 2011 remake. Which is weird, but their big twist is that Jerry Dandridge is now a woman (now Gerri). That seems more inventive than anything in the first remake, so there’s that.
- This Is The End: One of this summer’s most pleasant surprises (and a hit at that), this film is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut, and it has a bunch of famous people making fun of themselves quite well, including James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Danny McBride. It was one of this summer’s most satisfying movies, and the supplements on a disc like this should make it a must-own.
- The Amityville Horror Trilogy: Scream Factory is at it again (then again, we’re just in October, so it makes sense that they’ve been cranking out horror titles), this time releasing the first three films in the Amityville franchise. Having never liked the first film, I never really bothered with the follow ups, but they probably get much, much weirder.
- The Big Parade, House of Wax – 3D, The Wizard of Oz – 3D: 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition: Warner Brothers is still one of the best studios for classic releases and here we get one of the great silent films along with a 3D movie directed by a one-eyed man, and The Wizard of Oz (again). It doesn’t seem like they’ve added new supplements, but the film is in 3D, which…
- From Here to Eternity: The film that made Frank Sinatra a respectable actor, From Here to Eternity is just a solid piece of studio filmmaking, with good characters, and an “important” narrative about war time. And, of course, making out in the waves.
- The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition: The film credited with saving Disney’s animation in the late 80’s (after a string of disasterous animated movies), Mermaid launched the second classic wave of great Disney films with this simple story of a Mermaid who wants to see what it’s like to be human. A model of craft (and narrative efficiency), it’s a solid kids classic.
- Stuck on You, Volcano: Why? Why are these coming out on Blu-ray? Who knows.
- Torn Curtain: The latest stand-alone Alfred Hitchcock release, Torn Curtain isn’t that bad. It’s got some good things in it, though it’s definitely an elderly master’s film.
What are you picking up this week?