This Week On DVD/BD: Shomer Sabbos! The Big Lebowski On Blu

Plus Kubrick and Polanski on Criterion, Jane Eyre, Dexter and much more

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DON’T MISS

The Big Lebowski (Universal) - The Coen Brothers’ cult classic arrives on Blu-ray in high style just in time for its 15th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the cast, including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro, is reuniting tonight at Lebowski Fest New York. Entertainment Weekly will be live streaming and tweeting the event beginning at 6:30 pm EST for the millions of Lebowski fans who can’t make it. Mix yourself a White Russian and go to www.EW.com and follow #lebowskifest on Twitter.

The Killing (Criterion) - The fact that Stanley Kubrick’s classic film noir is joining The Criterion Collection is more than enough to get me excited. But Criterion sweetens the deal by including Kubrick’s previous film, Killer’s Kiss, as a bonus feature.

Cul-de-sac (Criterion) - At long last, Roman Polanski’s darkly comic 1966 thriller is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The disc isn’t as bonus-packed as we’ve come to expect from Criterion but the movie itself is a must-see.

NEW RELEASES

The Conspirator (Lionsgate) - Robert Redford directs this based-on-fact drama about Mary Surratt, the only woman charged as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The impressive cast includes Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, and Evan Rachel Wood.

Jane Eyre (Universal) - Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star in the 172nd version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel. Perhaps surprisingly, reviews have been mostly favorable, so perhaps we did need another adaptation of this after all.

Priest (Sony) - Paul Bettany is a vampire-hunting priest in this action/horror hybrid based on a series of South Korean graphic novels. A Blu-ray 3D version is also available, if that floats your boat.

Something Borrowed (Warner Bros.) - Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson topline this movie that looks like a senior project made for RomCom 101.

The Ward (Arc Entertainment) - John Carpenter makes a long-awaited return to feature films with this horror movie about a mentally disturbed young woman (Amber Heard) haunted by a ghost.

CLASSICS & CULT

Breaking Glass (Olive Films) - A terrific punk rock musical that’s been out of circulation for far too long arrives on both DVD and Blu.

The Colossus Of New York (Olive Films) - Classic sci-fi schlock from the '50s with an iconic robot monster.

David Holzman’s Diary (Kino) - A landmark of independent cinema, Jim McBride’s 1967 debut gets a special edition DVD and Blu-ray featuring several of McBride’s short films.

BLU DEBUTS

Cobra / Demolition Man / Assassins / The Specialist (Warner Bros.) - A quartet of testosterone-fueled action starring the one and only Sylvester Stallone, now even Slyer in high-def.

The Muppets Take Manhattan / Muppets From Space (Sony) - Two HD debuts featuring Kermit and the gang. Maybe not the ones you were hoping for but it’s better than nothing.

TV

Dexter: The Fifth Season (Paramount/Showtime) - Everyone’s favorite serial killer is back and this time, he’s brought along such guest stars as Julia Stiles and Peter Weller.

Spin City: The Complete Fifth Season (Shout! Factory) - The political sitcom gets a jolt of tiger’s blood as Charlie Sheen takes over for Michael J. Fox.

WTF?

Everyone Loves Mel (Osiris) - Ernest Borgnine and Julie Hagerty star in this family fantasy about a giant flying turtle. If the title is to be believed, the turtle is also extremely lovable. Directed by Cahiers du Cinema favorite Joey Travolta. Proceed at your own risk.

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Adam Jahnke has been writing about film since age 13, when he began foisting a self-published newsletter on friends and family (copies of which are now mercifully lost to the ages). In 2000, he joined the staff of the highly respected DVD website The Digital Bits, where he continues to serve as columnist…

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