There’s plenty of great new DVD and Blu-ray releases that you’ll feel grateful for this Thanksgiving week. Before we get into this week’s offerings, let me take a second to express my gratitude for checking in with us here at MovieFanFare! Here’s hoping this column provides you with the info you need to build up your own movie collections. That said, here’s a look at the titles that are now available. You’d be a turkey to miss out on these great releases. Gobble gobble!
12 Angry Men (Criterion Collection)
Landmark courtroom drama of a murder trial jury whose rush to a guilty verdict is stopped by one member’s doubts stars Henry Fonda as the lone dissenter, with Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Martin Balsam, and John Fiedler among the other antagonistic jurors. Director Sidney Lumet‘s first film was scripted by Reginald Rose from his TV play.
Oh Crom! The musclebound Cimmerian warrior of Robert E. Howard’s pulp novels makes a sword-swinging return to the screen in this action-packed epic. Follow Conan (Jason Momoa) as he embarks on a brutal and blood-soaked quest for vengeance against Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), the evil, power-mad warlord who slaughtered his people two decades earlier. With Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, Said Taghmaoui, and Ron Perlman. This film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, but perhaps it will find a second life on home video. What do you think? Any interest in a Conan film that doesn’t star Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Tyler Perry wrote, directed, and co-stars in this Yuletide-themed stage play that follows the members of a wealthy family as they gather for Christmas at their estate in Cape Cod. Before you can say “deck the halls,” the relatives find themselves at each other’s throats, so it’s up to Madea to make things right! With Cassi Davis, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Chandra Currelley-Young.
In 1979, a group of small-town Ohio teenagers accidentally films a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie. The sudden arrival of the military and a series of bizarre occurrences prompt the kids to conduct their own investigation, leading them into the middle of a government cover-up of an extraterrestrial that crashed over 20 years earlier. But is the alien visitor friend or foe? Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler star in this sci-fi thriller from writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg.
Writer/director Robert Rodriguez‘ fourth colorful installment of the “Spy Kids” series finds retiring adult agent Marissa Wilson (Jessica Alba) called back to duty once a villain known as the Time Keeper (Jeremy Piven) unleashes a device to hurry the planet towards disaster. It’s only a matter of time after Marissa teams up with original spy kid Carmen (Alexa Vega) that her own stepchildren (Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook) get into the act! With Joel McHale, Ricky Gervais, Daryl Sabara, and Danny Trejo.
Is Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo) on Santa’s naughty list after he accidentally breaks Manny’s treasured Christmas decorations? This holiday-themed animated adventure in the “Ice Age” series follows Sid and his friends to the North Pole to find out if there’s any way to make sure that when Santa checks his list twice, he’s still in the “good” column! Co-stars the voices of Judah Friedlander, Ciara Bravo.
Want to know why he split up with Dean Martin? Why France loves him more than America? How he managed to turn a mega-budget television special into a gigantic flop? Curious about exactly how much money he makes? David Susskind interviewed Jerry Lewis live on July 16, 1965, getting the answers to those and other provocative questions. Now that interview can be yours.
What really happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963? That controversial question is the focus of this compelling documentary that originally aired on the National Geographic Channel. Through newly restored home movie footage captured on that fateful day, this program aims to give new insights into the truth about John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Dun Dun, matey! All 13 episodes from the second season–including “Broken,” “Confession,” “Anonymous,” “Shaken,” and “Skeletons”–are featured in a three-disc set.
What makes a motion picture “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”? This documentary from PBS chronicles the work of the National Film Registry–created by the U.S. government in part as a response to the controversy over film colorization–and the assignation of over 500 films (so far) deemed worthy of official preservation. The program includes insights from Rob Reiner, George Takei, Leonard Maltin, Debbie Reynolds, Christopher Nolan, and others.
The remaining 14 episodes from the sixth season–including “The Case of the Prankish Professor,” “The Case of the Surplus Suitor,” “The Case of the Velvet Claws,” “The Case of the Skeleton’s Closet,” and “The Case of the Witless Witness”–are featured in a four-disc set.
All the beloved characters from Disney’s acclaimed 1991 animated film are back in an all-new, feature-length holiday tale that presents an untold chapter in the story of Belle, who wants to decorate the enchanted castle for Christmas, and her beastly suitor. Robby Benson, Tim Curry, Angela Lansbury, and Paige O’Hara are among the voices.
They twice had to overcome two-run deficits while on the brink of defeat in the World Series, but the St. Louis Cardinals triumphed over adversity to beat the Texas Rangers in seven games and capture their 11th championship. Relive highlights of the entire season from spring training to the final champagne celebration with Albert Pujols, series MVP David Freese, and the rest of the red birds in this release that also includes game 5 of the NLDS in its entirety.
All 18 episodes from the debut season–including “The Elephant Thieves,” “Trail of the Cheetah,” “The Chimp Who Went Ape,” “The Maneater of Wameru,” and “Judy and the Gunrunners”–are collected in a set.
All 13 episodes from the sixth season–including “The Impossible Astronaut,” “Day of the Moon,” “A Good Man Goes to War,” “Night Terrors,” and “The Wedding of River Song”–are featured in a six-disc set.
All 13 episodes from the first season–including the two-parters “The Crab with the Golden Claws,” “The Secret of the Unicorn,” “The Blue Lotus,” “The Black Island,” and “The Calculus Affair”–are featured in a two-disc set.
Saddle up with Gene Autry for this fantastic release. All 26 episodes from the second season–including “Ghost Town Raiders,” “The Bandits of Boulder Bluff,” “Galloping Hoofs,” “Six Gun Romeo,” and “The Trail of the Witch”–are featured in a four-disc set.
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Here’s a look at last week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases.