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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 29th, 2013

October 28th, 2013

Like last week, the home market is rather slow this week. There are more than 200 new releases, which is a step up from last week when there were only 161, at least according to But even so, this week is arguably worse, if you only look at the top releases. The number one release is Monsters University, but number two is R.I.P.D., which bombed both in theaters and with critics. There are not even a few limited releases to help fill out the list, like we had last week. In fact, I'm pretty sure the Christmas Releases outnumber the non-Christmas releases by a sizable margin. Fortunately, there are two contenders for Pick of the Week, including Monsters University on Blu-ray Collector's Edition or 3D Combo Pack and Degrassi: Season 12. The former is the Pick of the Week, while the latter takes home the rarely awarded Puck of the Week.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 9, Beauty of the Devil, Hanging For Django, Harlequin, Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday, La Notte (Criterion Collection), Tour De Force: Live In London - The Borderline, Tour De Force: Live In London - Hammersmith Apollo, Tour De Force: Live In London - Royal Albert Hall, and Tour De Force: Live In London - Shepherd's Bush Empire
Not a lot of interesting secondary Blu-ray releases this week. I would argue La Notte and Beauty of the Devil are the only two that are really worth picking up.

3D Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: Cars, Monsters University, Ocean Dreams 3D, and R.I.P.D.
There are four 3D releases this week, including two first-run releases.

Bounty Killer - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A movie set in the near future when the corporation have taken over. It's a low budget action film with a better cast than most similar films have and better reviews that most similar films earn. It's not earning overall positive reviews, but if you are a fan of the genre, it is worth checking out.

Byzantium - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A mother and daughter try to hide out in a small coastal town. They are hiding, because they are vampires. The reviews are good, but not great. They were not good enough for limited release, but they are good enough for the home market.

Note: This DVD made its home market debut on the 13th of August.

The Captains Close Up - Buy from Amazon: Buy from Amazon
William Shatner travels around to various places in order to interview the five men and women who have been captains on the various Star Trek TV series. Is it worth checking out for fans of the franchise? Does it have wider appeal? Read our review to find out.

Christmas Releases - Buy from Amazon: ABC Family Christmas Collection 6 Pack (Christmas Cupid, Christmas In Boston, Snow, Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, Snowglobe, Holiday In Handcuffs), Celtic Women: Home for Christmas: Live From Dublin, Celtic Women: Home for Christmas: Live From Dublin (Blu-ray), Christmas Classics Collection 6 Pack (An Old Fashioned Christmas, Mrs. Santa Claus, Truman Capote's One Christmas, A Christmas Visitor, The Christmas Box, Night They Saved Christmas), Christmas Romance Collection Movie 6 Pack (A Christmas Kiss, Gift of the Magi, Holiday Engagement, The Christmas Pageant, Moonlight & Mistletoe, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year), Christmas with J.S. Bach (Blu-ray), Faith & Family Christmas Collection Movie 6 Pack (The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, The Christmas Hope, The Christmas Choir, Christmas in Canaan, Christmas Comes Home to Canaan), Family Fun Christmas Collection Movie 6 Pack (A Golden Christmas, A Golden Christmas: The Second Tail, The Santa Incident, The Santa Trap, The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, The Boy Who Saved Christmas), Heart of Christmas / Dear Santa / Fireplace, A Heartland Christmas, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, Lady Antebellum: Live: On This Winter's Night (Blu-ray), Little Brother Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure, Mike the Knight: Mike's Christmas Surprise, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Blu-ray), Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland, The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa, Silver Bells, Silver Bells (Blu-ray), Snow Queen, Switchmas, and Yo Gabba Gabba: Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas
There are a huge number of Christmas releases this week, including a couple that are selling well, at least compared to the average new release on this week's list. There are also a couple I think I might be getting to review, but I'm not 100% sure which ones.

Degrassi: Season 12 - Buy from Amazon
One of the longest running TV shows currently on the air. After 12 years on the air, is it still worth checking out? Or has it become a derivative parody of its former self? Check out our review for my opinion.

Family Tree: The Complete First Season - Buy from Amazon
A TV series made by Christopher Guest, so you probably understand the style of humor in the series. It follows Chris O'Dowd as he tries to learn about his family's history, after receiving a mysterious box from an aunt he's never met. I might get this screener to review. There are not a lot of reviews online, but the ones I have read are mostly positive. If you like Christopher Guest's style of comedy, then it is very likely worth picking up.

First of the Summer Wine: 1988 Buy from Amazon
A Prequel to Last of the Summer Wine. It only ran for two seasons, but if you like the original series, you will very likely enjoy this one as well.

Kinky Boots - Buy from Amazon
According to, this is coming out this week. According to the distributor, it is coming out on the 19th. I will be getting three copies, one for review and the other two for a contest. It has been a while since I've seen the movie, but I remember liking it, so I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

Monsters University - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack or Blu-ray Collector's Edition or 3D Combo Pack
The latest Pixar film is a prequel to the wildly successful Monsters Inc.. Can it possibly live up to its predecessor? If not, is it still worth picking up? Read our review to find out.

R.I.P.D. - Buy from Amazon : DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, or 3D Combo Pack
One of the most expensive busts of the summer. It cost $130 million to make, but only pulled in $77 million worldwide. It was plagued by bad buzz, with a lot of people calling it a clone of Men in Black. Unfortunately, its reviews were even worse than its buzz. There are almost no extras on the DVD and while there are several exclusive extras on the Blu-ray, neither is worth checking out.

Springsteen & I - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A crowd-sourced documentary about Bruce Springsteen. It's a collection of home movies made by fans, but it is better than that sounds.

TV on DVD Full Series Megasets - Buy from Amazon: Damages
Just the one full series Megaset on this week's list, but it is a good show.

WWE: Straight to the Top: The Money in the Bank Ladder Match Anthology - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Its WWE, so I know nothing about it.


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