after-earth-8There’s a whole lot of great stuff hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week with some of the summer’s biggest bombs and disappointments alongside some great classic movies and cult hits. If you skipped After Earth, now’s the time to catch up.

New:

  • After Earth: One of the summer’s biggest misfires, the film stars Jaden and Will Smith in a fairly straightforward Sci-fi survival tale that suggested that the Smith family empire was not as easy a sale as had been previously thought. And though M. Night Shyamalan directed the film, he didn’t take the heat for its failings, that’s how much people were anti-Smith at the time. Perhaps home video will give viewers a fresh perspective.
  • American Horror Story: Asylum, Bones: The Complete Eighth Season, Robot Chicken: Season 6: So, for the record, Bones has been on for eight years (now nine).
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Deluxe Edition: Though obviously the Christopher Nolan films have become the go-to version of Batman, it wasn’t until The Dark Knight that his vision became the dominant one. For many fans it was the animated series that “got” Batman, and this new animated collection showcases why that’s the case.
  • Chucky: The Complete Collection/ Curse of Chucky: The latest Child’s Play sequel is going straight to video, but word is it’s actually pretty good. And for fans you can now own all six movies in a box set. The first and fourth are the best.
  • The Hangover: Part III: What a forgettable movie. Everyone’s back in this third and final entry, and though it at least doesn’t rehash the first film, it fails to make much of an impression beyond the sense that everyone was happy to collect a check.
  • Much Ado About Nothing: Joss Whedon got his friends together at his house and filmed an adaptation of Shakespeare. That’s kind of cool, though it’s hard to get excited for the project.
  • The Purge: One of the summer’s surprise hits, The Purge showed that low budget horror movies with a simple premise can clean up if they’re done on the cheap. Too bad no one liked it that much.

Classics:

  • Airplane II: The Sequel, The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition, Internal Affairs, Stalag 17: The latest from Warner Brothers offers some of their Paramount acquisitions, and it’s October, which means there’s a new release of the first Exorcist.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven / The Pebble and the Penguin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fantastic Voyage, On the Riviera, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Fox’s latest catalog dump includes some “classic” science fiction films and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which has a strong following for its quotability.
  • I Married a Witch: Rene Clair’s delightful American language film offers one of Veronica Lake’s best performances in this charming romantic fantasy.
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life: Python fans will buy this regardless, though it may be the weakest film of the group’s career, it still has so many high points. Like “Every Sperm is Sacred.”
  • Night Train to Terror: One of the best “Bad” movies ever made, this film took three unfinished movies and cut them into an anthology film where god and the devil play chess over the souls of the characters in those films while a band plays on the train. There song is “Everybody’s Got Something to Do (Everybody but You)” and it’s as nutty as it sounds.
  • Oldboy: 10th Anniversary Edition: Because the film is about to be remade ten years old, here’s a new special edition that seems to have most of the same stuff from last time.

What are you picking up this week?