Several worthwhile releases this week, as well as one major one we’ve been waiting for all summer, Joss Whedon’s “The Cabin In The Woods”. Who knew this would be Joss Whedon’s year to shine, with a completely original horror story and one of the biggest blockbuster franchises under his belt in the same year. Watching “Firefly”, I never would have guessed but am so glad he gets the recognition he deserves, opening the floodgate for under-appreciated directors. “The Cabin In The Woods” was the hit that no one saw coming, with some interesting marketing and even more interesting twists and turns. The only thing better than getting to see the film in theaters is now getting to own it and watch it over and over again.

“Hysteria” is another worthwhile title getting released this week, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and one of my favorite actresses of the last few years, Felicity Jones. About the scientific invention of the female vibrator, this period piece has looked enjoyable for quite some time now, even though I could do with Hugh Dancy.

Two comedies that I missed in theaters, “The Babymakers” and “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” both have releases this week. “The Babymakers” is the latest from the Broken Lizard crew (“Super Troopers”, “Beerfest”), also starring the greatly talented Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn. The premise to this one is breaking into a sperm bank to steal back a deposit. The Duplass Brothers were also busy this year, with three different releases, “Safety Not Guaranteed”, “Your Sister’s Sister”, and this week’s release, “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon”, with brothers in a made up series of events to prove who is the best.

Counter that with two films I missed in theaters on purpose, “Katy Perry: Part Of Me” and “That’s My Boy” also find their way onto DVD this week. Katy Perry’s 3D documentary about her rise to fame is more for seeing the voluptuous Perry in tight outfits then really getting to know the story that we’ve heard hundreds of times over. Adam Sandler continues his downfall into debauchery with his regular crew, adding Andy Samberg to the mix, in “That’s My Boy”. With less and less enjoyable humor and more and more of the same, stupid jokes that we thought were funny 20 years ago, Sandler is slowly nailing his comedy coffin closed.

Some honorable mentions this week include “Detachment” starring the talented Adrien Brody, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” starring Tom Wilkinson, and “Chico & Rita”, one of the animated films nominated for an Academy Award this past year. Also, “Oslo, August 31” which Roger Ebert gave an outstanding review, “Salvation Boulevard”, starring Greg Kinnear, which I feel has been a long time coming, and “The Revenant” which was recently released in limited release theaters and now finds its immediate release to DVD.

ABC Comedies hit DVD release this week as well, with “Modern Family – Season Four” and “Suburgatory – Season One” both finding their way into homes.

New Releases

  • The Babymakers
  • Bait 3D (2012)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  • Chico and Rita
  • Detachment
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
  • Hysteria
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D
  • The Magic of Belle Isle
  • That’s My Boy
  • The Woman in the Fifth

TV Box Set

  • Army Wives: Season Six
  • Body of Proof: Season Two
  • Castle: Season Four
  • Get a Life: Complete Series
  • Hawaii Five-0: Season Two
  • Inspector Lewis: Series Five
  • The Mentalist: Season Four
  • Modern Family: Season Three
  • Rawhide: Season Five
  • Shazam!: Complete Series
  • Suburgatory: Season One
  • Supernatural: Season Seven
  • Whiplash: Complete Series

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • Any Last Words?
  • Art of Rap
  • Avenging Force: The Scarab
  • Barricade: The Director’s Cut
  • Battlefield America
  • Beauty
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3
  • Black Sunday: Remastered Edition
  • Brawler
  • Breathe: A Freediving Film
  • Children of Paradise: Criterion
  • Conception
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
  • The Devil Probably
  • A Double Life
  • The Encounter: Paradise Lost
  • End of the Road
  • Godforsaken
  • Gone Hollywood
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • Hatchet for the Honeymoon: Remastered Edition
  • Inspector General
  • King of Thorn
  • Les Visiteurs Du Soir: Criterion
  • The Letter
  • Macbeth (1948)
  • Man-Trap
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • My Favorite Brunette
  • Oslo, August 31
  • Patience: After Sebald
  • Police
  • Puppet Master
  • The Revenant
  • The Sacred Science
  • The Salt of Life
  • Salvation Boulevard
  • Scarlet Street
  • Shakespeare High
  • Speak
  • A Star is Born
  • Super Cyclone
  • Tazza: The High Rollers
  • Three Came Home
  • The Victim

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