Friday, November 22 2013, 11:07 AM MST
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 18, 2013
(KUTV) Its an incredibly varied week for new releases as the studios gear up for Black Fridays mayhem. Disney has a pair of releases with Planes, the aerial spin-off of sister company Pixar's Cars, and a double feature release that includes both The Little Mermaid direct-to-video sequels The Little Mermaid II and Ariel's Beginning.
Those craving comedy have the British sci-fi antics of The Worlds End from director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (its also available in the highly recommended Three Flavors Trilogy set with the brilliant Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), the box office sensation We're the Millers with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter posing as a typical American family in hopes of safely smuggling a large amount of marijuana from Mexico, Maggie Carey's The To Do List, a twist on the Teen Sex Comedy genre starring Aubrey Plaza and director Sebastian Silva's wonderful Sundance Festival sleeper Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman.
On the action front there are the big-budgeted-bombastic B-movie 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg and the mostly-ignored thriller Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.
If its a foreign drama youre looking for Zeitgeist Films is releasing the splendid biography Hannah Ardent starring Barbara Sukowa as famed The New Yorker reporter who covered the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann and MPI Media Group offers up the Audrey Tautou starring Therese about an unhappy married woman living in a Provencal French village in the 1920s.
Its also a good week for classic films seeing collector-worthy releases as the Cohen Film Collection releases Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection featuring four of the actresses early films; 1937's Fire Over England, Dark Journey and Storm in a Teacup and 1938's St. Martains Lane. Lorber Films celebrates the 10th anniversary of Russian Ark, Russkji Kovechegs acclaimed historical drama. Not to be outdone the Criterion Collection brings Yasujiro Ozus 1956 masterpiece Tokyo Story to Blu-ray for the first time in America.
Television releases this week include the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the third season of HBOs post-Katrina drama Treme and the BBC brings Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet, the last story to feature William Hartnell as the Doctor and the first to feature the Cybermen (the final of the story's four episodes remains lost, but has been recreated using animation for this release).
If you're looking for an early jump on the Christmas festivities (or perhaps looking to mutilate them) have the BBC family film Christmas Angel, Scholastics excellent collection Merry Christmas, Splat and More Stories or the comedy-horror Caesar and Ottos Deadly Xmas to choose from.
By Ryan Michael Painter
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