the-worlds-end-simon-pegg-nick-frost-martin-freemanThere’s a lot of fun, solid summer movies coming this week on DVD and Blu-ray, on top of some great catalog titles from the mad people over at Shout and Scream Factory. It’s one of the rare weeks that no matter what your tastes, there’s going to be something for you.

New:

  • 2 Guns: This buddy cop action comedy is actually much better than you’d expect, and it’s incredibly smart in its dumbness. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg make a fine bickering pair, and both the action and the jokes are solid.
  • Paranoia: Remember when this movie came out earlier this summer? It tanked, even with Harrison Ford. Oh well.
  • Planes: After making nearly $90 Million at the box office, this almost Direct to Video title earned its keep, even if… well, it’s for kids.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 5, Treme: The Complete Third Season: This week’s television releases are for the nerds and David Simon fans.
  • The To Do List: Sadly, this movie may prove that Aubrey Plaza is not a movie star, but we’ll catch it soon enough. Great premise of a female virgin trying to figure out how sex works, hopefully it’s fun.
  • We’re the Millers: Sometimes when a movie becomes a big word of mouth hit it doesn’t make sense.  But not this film, which grossed nearly $150 Million, and for good reason. It’s funny. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston star in this tale of a pot dealer who recruits strangers to play his family for cover. Consistantly amusing, it’s surprisingly one of the better films of the year.
  • The World’s End: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s conclusion to the Cornetto trilogy (or is it?) is easily the most personal and darkest of the three, but also – as to be expected – rather excellent.

 

Classics:

  • Assault on Precinct 13: Collector’s Edition, Eve of Destruction , Night of the Comet , Sophie’s Choice Tank Girl: Collector’s Edition: Shout Factory is now in the running for the best DVD and Blu-ray company of all time.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning / The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea: So, these exist.
  • Maniac Cop 2, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence: It’s hard to say if the Maniac Cop films are cult classics, but they’re definitely entertaining enough. And silly.
  • The Pom Pom Girls: Whereas this is an actual cult classic.
  • Tokyo Story: Ozu’s masterpiece, inarguably one of the greatest films of all time, and now on Blu-ray.
  • The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection: It’s funny how this set has a number of Leigh films, but mostly ones you wouldn’t have heard of. It’s hard when you career is dominated by Gone with the Wind, but such is life.

What are you picking up this week?