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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 1st, 2013

This list is a little short and a little late, because WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE INTERNET? The past three days, the internet has been slow as hell. There are a number of interesting releases coming out this week, several of them have screeners that are on their way. Unfortunately, only one screener did arrive on time. Fortunately, it was The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray Combo Pack and it, or the 3D Combo Pack, are worthy of Pick of the Week.

Awkward: Seasons 1 & 2 - Buy from Amazon
The screener just arrived, but I will get to it A.S.A.P. Assuming I don't snap because of the internet. Seriously. A simple Google search took more than a minute to complete.

Beauty & the Beast: The First Season - Buy from Amazon
The screener for this one arrived, but too late to get the review done. Screeners have to be on my desk by Friday to get a review done by Monday.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: The Amityville Horror Trilogy, The Big Parade, Fright Night 2: New Blood, From Here to Eternity, Sankarea: Complete Series, and Volcano
Not a lot of secondary releases.

3D Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: AMAZON 3D: In The Heart Of Wild Nature, The Croods, House of Wax, GALAPAGOS 3D: Charles Darwin's Big Adventure, The Little Mermaid, and The Wizard of Oz
There are six 3D releases on this week's list, including three major theatrical releases. It could be a good week for the format.

Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall - Blu-ray - Buy from Amazon
I love Bond, but wow! They are squeezing every last penny out of fans with these practically yearly box sets. They are almost as bad Star Trek.

Christmas Releases - Buy from Amazon: Carpenter's Miracle, Christmas Angel in the House, Classic Christmas Favorites, Dog Triple Feature, Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Merry Madagascar, and So This Is Christmas
I haven't gotten a single Christmas release so far this year. I am so, so happy.

The Croods - Buy from Amazon: DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, or 3D Combo Pack
This film was a big hit during the spring earning nearly $200 million domestically and nearly $600 million worldwide. The reviews were really good for a kids movie, but not at the level where it is essential viewing for adults.

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 5-8 - Buy from Amazon
Yet another release celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I haven't seen enough episodes to call myself a true fan, but I've seen enough to know I like the show. On the other hand, I know there are simply too many releases for me to even attempt to start collecting them.

Downton Abbey 3-Season Boxed Set - DVD or Blu-ray
Good show, but they are releasing too many DVD and Blu-rays making it a cash grab, but not a worthwhile pickup.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec - Blu-ray Combo Pack: Theatrical Release or Director's Cut
A period piece / adventure written and directed by Luc Besson. I'm intrigued. Its reviews are amazing. I might have to give this film a blind buy.

A Fierce Green Fire - Buy from Amazon
This environmental documentary focuses on the activist side of things. The film's reviews are good, but not great. It tackles a lot of different subjects, so it is a little fractured in its composition. Still, if you like environmental documentaries, it is worth checking out.

The Frozen Ground - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This film opened in limited release but went nowhere at the box office. The reviews were not good, but not that bad. Extras are good with an audio commentary track, deleted and extended scenes, making of featurette, etc. Worth checking out, maybe even worth picking up, if you like the cast and / or genre.

Glee: The Complete Fourth Season - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
I liked the first couple of seasons, but it struggled during season three and I think it got worse in season four. At least that's the opinion I get from reading viewer reviews from various places. Also, given the ratings decline, a pretty large chunk of the fanbase has given up on the show since its peak.

How I Met Your Mother: Season Eight - Buy from Amazon
This screener arrived, but it arrived too late to get the review done. I will get to it A.S.A.P.

The Little Mermaid - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack
This movie is the movie that brought the Disney Animation Studio back to life. But shortly after this film came out, the studio made some classics. Does this film live up to Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King? Check out our review for my opinion.

New Girl: The Complete Second Season - Buy from Amazon
Still waiting for the screener this show. There are so many screeners that arrived late recently that it might take a while to get fully caught up.

North America - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A documentary TV series narrated by Tom Selleck and Rutger Hauer. There are not a lot of reviews online, but the ones I've read have been very positive.

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel - Buy from Amazon
One of my favorite cartoons of all time mixed with some of my favorite super heroes of all time. I have to get a copy of this to review.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown - Buy from Amazon
Not a fan of the new incarnation of the TMNT. Then again, I wasn't a huge fan of the original cartoon.

This is the End - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
I'm hoping to get a screener for this release, but it is late. The reviews were excellent and if you like Judd Apatow style of Buddy Comedies, you will likely love this movie as well. The Blu-ray is loaded with extras so it is easily worth picking up.

TV on DVD Full Series Megasets - Buy from Amazon: Murder, She Wrote
Not a lot of Megasets this week, but the one here is worth picking up, if you haven't started collecting the single-season sets already.

Note: This Blu-ray made its home market debut on the 24th of September.

World War Z - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack
This is a film that a lot of people had high expectations for, because it was based on a book that really did something new with the zombie genre. Did the film utilize the strength of the book? Or was it more or less just another zombie movie? Read our review to find out.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2013-10-01

Movies 
 The Little Mermaid
 The Croods
 Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec
 A Fierce Green Fire
 The Frozen Ground
 This is the End
 World War Z