It’s a modest week for DVD and Blu-ray, but one of the summer’s biggest comedies, the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, and some great catalog titles means there’s something for everyone.


  • Anger Management: Volume 2, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season Five, Vikings: Season One: Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management got a 90/10 order, which means after the network liked the first ten episodes, they plotted to continue the show through 100 episodes to make it syndication-friendly. Who actually watches it? Also, the penultimate season of The Clone Wars is hitting discs.
  • Drug War: Johnnie To has quietly been one of the greatest directors of action working today, and Drug War, which got a modest release this summer, is another fine entry from the master. A Meth dealer is arrested and, to avoid the death penalty, sells out everyone he works with. But it could never be that easy, could it?
  • The Heat: One thing is for sure: audiences love Melissa McCarthy and they love Sandra Bullock. What happens when you team them together? Box office magic.
  • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain: Though it seems that many audiences have no idea who Kevin Hart is, he’s become one of the most successful standups in the world, and his concert films have been doing record business considering he doesn’t seem to have a lot of crossover appeal. If you’re curious why Hart’s become a phenomenon, here’s a good place to start.
  • Maniac (2012): Elijah Wood stars as the titular maniac in this horror film that came out of Cannes as a curio, and didn’t seem to make much of an impression. We have to admit we’re interested in checking this out at some point, though the original is a sort of perfect and horrible slasher film.
  • Pacific Rim: Though the film was modestly successful theatrically (that is to say, saved by international numbers), it’s possible that Pacific Rim could become much bigger on home video, if it’s the sort of film that kids want to watch over and over. That was always part of the film’s goal, to be the next Star Wars, and we’ll see if it ever becomes that in a year or two.


  • Christopher Nolan Director’s Collection, The Haunting (1963), In the Mouth of Madness, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning: Though it doesn’t include The Prestige, Warner Brothers has updated the Nolan box set to include The Dark Knight Rises, though one assumes Bat-fans would have splurged for the big box set if they cared. Otherwise, Warner is putting out one classic horror film, and one interesting semi-misfire by John Carpenter. And a really bad prequel.
  • Eyes Without a Face: For those who like to watch classic horror films, Criterion has a treat for you.
  • High Plains Drifter, Love Actually: 10th Anniversary Edition, Notting Hill, Slap Shot, Weird Science: Universal’s latest catalog dump has no theme, but for those who love rom-coms, outrageous sports comedies and John Hughes, there’s a lot of great stuff here.

What are you picking up this week?