Welcome to the dead times. DVD makers have this crazy theory that releasing stuff RIGHT before Christmas tends not to sell very well, so they don't schedule stuff this week - or they schedule it and it mysteriously goes "unavailable" by the time I compile this list. (There are over fifty titles which you WON'T see because Amazon has marked them "unavailable" - and that may go up by Monday!)
What we DO have are 59 DVDs, 27 Blu-rays and five "digital" releases...and there ARE some big titles in here, so don't just take the week off. JOIN US
One Tree Hill: The Complete Eighth Season (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (The CW, 2010-1) This is actually selling better than "Futurama" this week. I'm going to hope it's because there are both a DVD and Blu-ray version of "Futurama" and not that the DVD purchasing public is so heavy into "One Tree Hill" ...because that's what will get me through the night.
The Franchise: Season 1 (The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants - Showtime, 2011) (Rescheduled from last week)
Margin Call (2011) Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci - hmmm, isn't this still out in theatres in limited release? Margin Call [Blu-ray]
Toast (UK, 2010) Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Freddie Highmore More info on this DVD and trailer also available at Image (image-entertainment.com) ...where THEY say it's not coming out until 1/17, so we'll await the rescheduling
Burke & Hare (UK, 2010) Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson - more info on this DVD at MPI (mpihomevideo.com) or the movie's page at Facebook
Saint Nick (Sint - Netherlands, 2010) This film "re-imagines the jolly old saint as a bloodthirsty bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy every 32 years under the Christmas full moon." MERRY CHRISTMAS. More info on this title and trailer at IFC (ifcfilms.com); more info on the DVD at MPI
Stay Cool (2009) Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, Jon Cryer, Chevy Chase
Full Signal (Occupied Palestinian Territory/France/Hungary/Israel/Italy/Netherlands/Spain/Sweden/USA/Serbia and Montenegro, 2010) Geez, what countries DIDN'T produce this documentary? Anyway, it's about how awful cellular antennas are for you around the world.
Julia's Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia - Spain, 2010) Produced by Guillermo del Toro - more info on this DVD at MPI (mpihomevideo.com)
The Devil (1981) (Xie Mo - Hong Kong/Taiwan, 1981) This film "introduced the gut wrenching gimmick of live insect vomiting." So...it's got that. "Limited edition of 500" - more info on this DVD (and cheaper) at Apprehensive Films (thecrippledmasters.com)
WWE: Survivor Series 2011 There are folks really up in arms that they declined this one a Blu-ray release...I'm not ONE of those folks, but I thought you might like to know. You might ALSO like to know that this title is currently a buck cheaper at the WWEShop (wweshop.com).
Saint Nick (Sint) was pretty good. It's certainly not gonna win any awards or anything like that, but if you wanna see a decent horror film about Christmas, this is good for a look. Make a movie night out of it and watch last years Rare Exports as well.
Holy shit, that was Jan Hooks as Jenna's mom?! She looks, er, the years have not been kind. Last time I remember Jan Hooks in anything was her cameo in Batman Returns when Penguin bit her partner's nose and it gushed blood.