It’s a lackluster week at the video store. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially considering all the big releases we’ve had recently. If you’re a DVD collector, your wallet could probably use the break. Still, there are a handful of interesting titles this week that you may find worth a rental.
Bridesmaids (Universal) - Kristen Wiig’s surprise hit arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the now-expected manner of all R-rated comedies, including an unrated extended version.
Spooky Buddies (Disney) - Unless you work for Disney or have small children, you probably weren’t even aware of this talking puppy franchise. Anyway, it’s back with a Halloween-themed installment. Hey, I said it was a slow week.
Dumbo (Disney) - Speaking of anniversaries, Disney’s flying elephant turns 70 (!). The Blu-ray is probably worth picking up for the “Pink Elephants On Parade” sequence alone.
Le Beau Serge and Les Cousins (Criterion) - The first two films of French filmmaker Claude Chabrol finally arrive on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Others (Miramax/Lionsgate) - Nicole Kidman stars in Alejandro Amenabar’s spooky, underrated thriller.
Castle: The Complete Third Season (Buena Vista/ABC) - Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic are back for another year of light-hearted mystery.
The Mentalist: The Complete Third Season (Warner Home Video) - Simon Baker and the California Bureau of Investigation hunt serial killer Red John.
Hawaii Five-O: The First Season and Hawaii Five-O: The Eleventh Season (Paramount) - Catch up with both the debut season of the reboot and the penultimate season of the 70s original.
Raising Hope: The Complete First Season (20th Century Fox), Mike & Molly: The Complete First Season (Warner Home Video) and Body Of Proof: The Complete First Season (Buena Vista/ABC) - Three more freshman series from the class of 2010.
Law & Order: Los Angeles - The Complete Series (Universal) - One of the rare series with the L&O brand that didn’t strike a chord with audiences.
The Kennedys: The Complete Miniseries (New Video) - Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes star in this momentarily controversial series.
Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer: The Complete Series (A&E) - This sounds interesting. Darren McGavin plays Spillane’s tough-talking private eye in this 1958 series. I had no idea this show even existed until A&E put it on their schedule.
Set Up (Lionsgate) - I had no idea that Bruce Willis and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson were poker buddies. At least, I assume they are and that Willis lost big one night. Otherwise, I’m at a loss to explain his appearance in this direct-to-video heist flick. Ryan Phillippe also got roped into this somehow.