Every year, there is a lull in theatrical releases because (aside from the week of Christmas and New Year’s) people typcially stop going to theatres between (U.s.) Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. We are now in the DVD/Blu-Ray release cycle corresponding to this period. Expect several weeks worth of decent library titles, but no real doorcrashers.

Title Available Formats
Action
Crows Zero
Alex: Live action prequel to the popular juvenile delinquent manga “Crows” from director Takeshi Miike.
Dragon Dynasty Collection 2
Contains the Shaw Brothers films Avenging Eagle, Blood Brothers, Golden Swallow, and Killer Clan
Anime
Dream Eater Merry: Complete Collection
Alex: Romantic comedy anime about a boy who can predict peoples dreams trying to help an attractive “dream demon” return to the dream world.
Art House
A Dangerous Method
Biopic
Confucius
Classics (Cult)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIII
Includes King Dinosaur, The Castle of Fu Manchu, Code Name: Diamond Head and Last of the Wild Horses.
Classics (Traditional)
David Lean Directs Noel Coward (Criterion Collection)
Comedy
Buster Keaton at MGM Triple Feature
Includes Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, Speak Easily and The Passionate Plumber
Come Blow Your Horn
It’s Only Money
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season
Who’s Got the Action?
Who’s Minding the Store?
Documentary
Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
Metal Evolution
Alex: 11 Episode documentary series from VH1 Classic charting the history and evolution of Metal.
Drama
Assault on a Queen
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I, Claudius – 35th Anniversary Edition
Special Edition of the classic BBC miniseries.
In The Land of Blood and Money
A Night to Remember (Criterion Collection)
About the sinking of the Titanic.
No Man of Her Own
Family
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Lego: Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu
Fantasy
Dragonheart
Horror
Music / Musical
Verdi’s Macbeth
Alex: The Royal Opera’s production of Verdi’s operatic adaptation of The Scottish Play.
Mystery
Reality
Romance
The Bodyguard
Blaine: No, this isn’t an opportunistic cash grab. This item was on the release schedule for this date before Whitney Houston died. It was much, much lower on the sales list, but it was there.
Casablanca (70th Anniversary Edition)
Science Fiction
Eureka: Season 4.5
Seasonal
Sports
Superhero
Suspense
War
Western

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “the next release that gets me truly excited is over a month away.” Alex says, “I’m going with the new edition of I, Claudius.”