Friday, November 1 2013, 11:42 AM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 15, 2013
(KUTV) Director Paul Feig's The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as mismatched police officers and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, a sci-fi epic featuring giant mecha robots fighting off kaiju (massive alien monsters) headline this weeks new releases. Like Bridesmaids, Feig's previous film, The Heat was both a critical and box office success and one of the summer's funniest films. Pacific Rim wasn't nearly as successful at the American box office, but its international numbers were very impressive. It was, without question, my favorite big-budgeted film of the summer as it combined large-scale action with more plot and character development than I expected.
This week also sees the release of the fifth season the Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Cone Wars (we've been promised 22 more episodes sometime in 2014) and a box set that contains all five seasons and exclusive bonus content, as well as the first season of Syfy's Defiance and History's Vikings.
DreamWorks has a trio of releases this week with Shrek the Musical, a filmed performance of the Broadway production, as well as a pair of DVD releases in Monsters Vs Aliens: Cloning Around and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - The Scorpion Sting that feature a variety of episodes from Nickelodeons television spin-off series.
Some older films appearing on Blu-ray this week include Clint Eastwood's western High Plains Drifter, Orson Welles' 1946 noir thriller The Stranger, Richard Curtis' romantic comedy Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts as well as a 10th anniversary edition of Curtis' Love Actually to tie in with the theatrical release of Curtis newest film, About Time.
For those in search of something sinister Franck Khalfon's remake of 1980's horror shocker Maniac starring Elijah Wood as serial killer Frank Zito finally makes its way to home video in a gore drenched unrated cut.
Fans of Hong Kong action films can rejoice in Johnnie To's (Election) engaging Drug War starring Sun Honglei forced to team with a drug lord to take down a methamphetamine ring.
Documentary hounds have Oliver Stones Showtime series The Untold History of the United States, which offers insight to some of the major events of the last sixty or so years ranging from World War II on to The Cold War, Vietnam and up to present day.
-Ryan Michael Painter
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