This week brings The Wolverine and The Smurfs to the small screen. And some classics from Criterion, so there’s something for everyone.
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane: Originally finished in 2006, this film got caught up in studio fiscal difficulties and was finally released after a number of festival screenings this year. And now it’s on home video, so that’s something.
- Drinking Buddies: Joe Swanberg’s latest film has real movie stars like Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick, and is one of his best received efforts yet. Quentin Tarantino said it was one of the best films of the year, so it’s got that going for it.
- Farscape: Season 1 – 15th Anniversary Edition, Lilyhammer: Season One, The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season: This week’s television releases includes The Simpsons, which had one of the weirdest release schedules for a TV show ever.
- The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones: It’s hard to be the next Harry Potter, that’s for sure, and this tried and failed.
- Pain & Gain: Collector’s Edition: A special edition released shortly after the fact? Paramount’s kicking it old school with this Michael Bay film.
- The Smurfs 2: File under: Films we will never watch and like to pretend don’t exist.
- The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Edition: James Mangold’s take on Wolverine is actually really good, and one of the best of the X-Men movies. Hugh Jackman stars as the clawed one for the sixth time, and in the new unrated version, you can hear him swear more.
- Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition, EuroTrip, Serpico, Terms of Endearment: Warner Brothers catalog titles include a new special edition for the most recent best picture winner, and some Paramount catalog gems.
- The Black Swan, Call of the Wild, Carmen Jones, Desk Set, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, North to Alaska, The Undefeated: Fox is putting out a number of their classics on Blu-ray, which is good to see, though arguably the best of this bunch is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
- Family Plot, Frenzy: Universal is continuing to release stand-alone discs of Alfred Hitchcock films because someone somewhere wants to just own Family Plot.
- Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Nashville: Criterion has killed it again. One of Robert Altman and cinema’s best films comes in this new edition, and we can’t wait to see it.
- Matilda: Is this a family classic? I guess people grew up with it and want it in high def.
- Saturn 3: Shout Factory has been killing it all year, and this odd would-be Star Wars surely has a cult following even if it is terrible.
- Tourist Trap: One of the best of the low budget horror films following the Halloween boom, it’s good to see this on Blu-ray.
What are you picking up this week?