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This Week on DVD & Blu-ray (10/01/13)

October 1, 2013
This week, it would seem the highlights are colorful family fare, both live-action and animated, filled with scares, family dysfunction and catchy musical numbers.  The standout is obviously “The Wizard of Oz” the timeless whimsical gem from 1939 that despite several storied production odds, ultimately wound up a seemingly flawless classic. Recently rereleased in theaters for a week in a newly-converted 3D IMAX experience, the beloved movie is now available in this version for home-viewing to celebrate its 74th anniversary. “The Little Mermaid”, credited for resuscitating Disney back in 1989, is the other beloved release out this week. It has its sea (pun intended) of fans, but my appreciation of it has waned over the years. Still, here it is – fresh from The Vault, on Blu-ray for the first time (until it too gets released in theaters in 3D and….well, you get the idea). And then there’s the prehistoric romp, “The Croods”, which was a delightful hit from Dreamworks Animation this past spring. The animation is creative and infectious and it just so happens to have one of the best performances by Nicolas Cage in years. Go ahead, reread that.
That’s it for this week. The long and varied list is below. Enjoy the Rundown…..
  • 100 Bloody Acres (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Amityville Horror Trilogy (Blu-ray)
  • Awkward: Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)
  • Beauty & the Beast: The First Season (DVD)
  • The Big Parade (1925) (Blu-ray)
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (Director’s Cut) (Blu-ray)
  • Columbo: Season Four (DVD)
  • Columbo: Season One (DVD)
  • Columbo: Season Three (DVD)
  • Columbo: Season Two (DVD)
  • The Croods (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Dead Before Dawn (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec: Director’s Cut (Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
  • A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet (DVD)
  • Fright Night 2: New Blood – Unrated (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • From Here to Eternity: 60th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
  • The Frozen Ground (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Glee: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • House of Wax (3D) (Blu-ray)
  • How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Season Eight (DVD)
  • The Little Mermaid 3D (3-Disc Diamond Edition) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Magnum P.I.: The Complete Series (DVD)
  • Morning (DVD)
  • Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Series (DVD)
  • New Girl: Season Two (DVD)
  • North America (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel (DVD)
  • Sesame Street: Being Brave (DVD)
  • Shaquille O’Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Atlanta (DVD)
  • This is the End (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Predacons Rising (Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
  • Volcano (1997) (DVD)
  • With Love… from the Age of Reason (DVD)
  • The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition (DVD/Blu-ray)
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