(KUTV) With Halloween behind us and Black Friday only a handful of weeks away November kicks off with a massive new release Tuesday.
Films recently in theaters making their home video debuts are Adam Sandler led ensemble sequel Grown Ups 2, director Roland Emmerich's accidentally hilarious action epic White House Down, Amanda Seyfried in the biopic Lovelace, Brian De Palma's lukewarm thriller Passion with Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams, the chaotic recounting of the events that followed President John F. Kennedys assassination in Parkland, Larry David's HBO film Clear History and the French drama Renoir, about artist Pierre-Auguste, his future-filmmaking son Jean and the beautiful woman that inspired them both.
Films getting the box set or deluxe treatment this week include Twilight Forever, a comprehensive collection of all four films from The Twilight Saga including two hours of previously unseen bonus features. This week also sees the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition), which features an additional 14 minutes of newly inserted scenes along with an extensive selection of bonus features, the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Right Stuff, Philip Kaufman's celebrated film about Chuck Yeager and the astronauts of the US Mercury, and James Dean Ultimate Collectors Edition an exquisite collection that includes Giant, Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden along with multiple feature-length documentaries, a 40-page book and a collection of photos and poster reproductions.
Family-friendly releases of the week include 30th Anniversary Edition of Disney's twist on Dicken's classic tale Mickeys Christmas Carol, the festive Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year, the Holiday Edition re-release of last years under-appreciated Holiday mash up Rise of the Guardians, Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure, a collection of seven animated episodes inspired by Sam McBratney's Little Nutbrown Hare stories and Robotech: Complete Set, which expands upon the previously released set to include the films The Shadow Chronicles and Love Live Alive.
Its also a huge week for television releases headlined by the 29-disc Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset, which contains all the episodes and specials from the Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, the Tenth Doctor David Tennant and the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith along with three new Blu-ray specials, a comic book, a universal remote sonic screwdriver and art cards. Sci-fi fans should also note that A&E is releasing Farscape: The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Edition.
Other series released this week include a pair of BBC titles in Keeping Up Appearances: Collectors Edition and Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It (which is as exhaustive as the title implies). Also available is Stephen King's Under the Dome, the sixth season of Mad Men, the second season of Starz's Magic City and the complete collection of Showtime's Weeds.
Also this week Cohen Film Collection releases the Blu-ray debut of D.W. Griffiths 1916 masterpiece Intolerance (it looks fantastic) and 20th Century Fox gives us 1957's The Three Faces of Eve featuring Joanne Woodward's Oscar winning performance as a woman with multiple personality syndrome as well as the eye-opening documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.
By Ryan Michael Painter
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)