More great TV preorders, classic Doctor Who, digital summer blockbusters, and classic detectives this week. Lots of great stuff: October is upon us, so shelves are filling for the Christmas season. Note that many new series, such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., are only available by the individual episode on iTunes now. I’ll list them in future weeks when season pass options are available.

2 Broke Girls, Season 3
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 7 and 8
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Amityville Horror Trilogy
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Aria the Animation (Litebox)
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • DVD: US
Comments Alex: Season 1 of the Aria anime series. Well, the Aria anime about being space gondoliers, as opposed to the Aria anime about being gunslinging detectives.
Awkward: Seasons 1 and 2
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Beauty and the Beast: Season One
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments 8 episodes from the animated series.
The Big Parade (1927)
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond (with Skyfall)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments This was originally released before Skyfall was in theaters, with an empty spindle to put that disc on when it came out. It’s now being rereleased with that spindle occupied.
Cagney and Lacey
Amazon
  • Complete Volume 4: US, CAN
  • Volume 5 Part 1: US, CAN
  • Volume 5 Part 2: US, CAN
Castle: Season Six
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Comments One episode available. Off to a strong start.
Columbo
Amazon
  • Season One DVD: US, CAN
  • Season Two DVD: US, CAN
  • Season Three DVD: US, CAN
  • Season Four DVD: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: As far as I’m concerned, seasons three and four aren’t just the prime of the series, they are the prime of the TV detective genre. If you haven’t seen Columbo, you owe it to yourself.
Criminal Minds: Season 9
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
The Croods
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital + Toy: US, CAN
CSI: Crime Scene Investigations Season 14
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
DC Comics Superman Triple Feature
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: Note that two of the three “features” are actually feature length edits of multiple episodes of the Timm/Dini animated series, namely “Last Son of Krypton” (the three-part pilot) and “A Little Piece of Home” (collecting the handful of episodes immediately following the pilot.) The third is “Brainiac Attacks,” which was a direct-to-video feature.
DCU Superman Double Feature
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes All-Star Superman and Superman: Doomsday
Dead Before Dawn
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Diagnosis Murder: The Complete Fifth Season
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 5-8
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes retrospectives on Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, as well as one story for each of them. Davison’s story is Earthshock, which is out of print and otherwise very difficult to track down. Baker is represented by Vengeance on Varos, McCoy by Remembrance of the Daleks and McGann by The Movie (not that there was a lot of choice in the latter.) I have to figure out if it’s worth rebuying the last three to get Earthshock.
Down Periscope
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Downton Abbey: Seasons 1-3 with Amazon Exclusive Bonus Features
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Elementary: Season Two
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: I spent most of the premiere trying to figure out why the actor playing Lestrade was so familiar. I looked him up afterwards: I haven’t seen Sean Pertwee in anything but Equilibrium, which I didn’t remember him from. He seemed familiar because he’s the son of Jon Pertwee, and has many of the same mannerisms.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Director’s Cut)
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Comments Directed by Luc Besson
Fright Night 2: New Blood
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Digital purchase: US
From Here to Eternity
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
From Justin to Kelly
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: At the time of this writing, this is #12 on the IMDB’s Bottom 100 list.
Frozen Ground
Amazon
  • DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
Glee: The Complete Fourth Season
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Glee, season 5
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Goddanar
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • DVD: US
Comments Alex: Fanservice-heavy super robot anime with combining robots, where how well the pilots of the robots work together is based on their romantic compatability.
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Hakuoki Season 3: Dawn of the Shinsengumi
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • DVD: US
  • Blu-Ray: US
Comments While this is season 3, this is technically a prequel to the earlier two seasons.
The Heat
Amazon
  • Theatrical digital purchase: US, CAN
  • Unrated digital purchase: US, CAN
iTunes
  • Digital theatrical: US, CAN
  • Digital unrated: US, CAN
Comments Available in physical media October 15.
Hell’s Kitchen Season 10
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Highway to Heaven: Season Two
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Hostages, Season 1
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
House of Wax (1953)
Amazon
  • 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray: US, CAN
How I Met Your Mother: Season 8
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
How I Met Your Mother: Season 9 (Final Season)
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
The Internship
Amazon
  • Digital: US, CAN
iTunes
  • Digital: US, CAN
Comments Available in physical media October 22
Law and Order: SVU Season 15
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • Digital purchase: US
Magnum P.I.: The Complete Series
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Mod Squad: Season Four
Amazon
  • Volume 1 DVD: US, CAN
  • Volume 2 DVD: US, CAN
Modern Family, Season 5
iTunes
  • Digital purchase: US, CAN
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Series
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
NCIS: Season 11
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
NCIS: Los Angeles
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
New Girl: Complete Second Season
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Amazon
  • Digital purchase: US
Comments Blaine: I understand buying DVD and Blu-Ray copies of public domain titles if you prefer that medium, but digital? Why rent for $3.99 or buy for $9.99 when you can get the same format for any player you want legally for free?
Pacific Rim
Amazon
  • Digital purchase: US, CAN
iTunes
  • Digital: US, CAN
Comments Available on physical media on October 15.
Parks and Recreation, season 6
iTunes
  • Digital: US, CAN
Person of Interest, Season 3
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Revolution: Season Two
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
The Room – Audience Reactions Documentary
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Blaine: As far as I can tell, this exists solely to convince you that The Room was good. It’s hard to say for sure, given the butcher job that was made when the product description was being translated into English from… whatever language it was originally written in.
Sankarea: Undying Love – Complete Collection
Amazon
  • DVD/Blu-Ray (Limited Edition): US, CAN
  • DVD/Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • DVD/Blu-Ray (Limited Edition): US
  • DVD/Blu-Ray: US
Comments Alex: Anime series telling the classic story of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl dies, boy reanimates girl as an undead with free will. Yeah. The limited edition relase comes with a slipcase.
South Park: Season 17
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
This is the End
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD: US, CAN
  • DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Rightstuf
  • DVD: US
  • Blu-Ray: US
Comments Alex: The first of several compilation films telling the story of the superhero anime series Tiger & Bunny.
Torn Curtain
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Alfred Hitchcock’s 50th film, starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews, about an American physicist who crosses the iron curtain in the height of the cold war.
Turner Classic Movies: Greatest Classic Film Legends Collection: Val Lewton
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes “Cat People,” “The Curse of the Cat People,” “The Body Snatcher” and “I Walked With a Zombie”
Two and a Half Men, Season 11
iTunes
  • Digital preorder: US, CAN
Underground: The Julian Assange Story
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Volcano
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Wings: Seasons 1 and 2
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Wizard of Oz (1939): 75th Anniversary Edition
Amazon
  • 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, ” I have it on good authority that the remaster of The Wizard of Oz is incredibly well done, and definitely worth checking out. Additionally, if you have a 3D TV, apparently the 3D post conversion is done incredibly well.” Blaine says, “take your pick of the rereleases: Doctor Who, Columbo, Wizard of Oz, Torn Curtain on Blu-Ray, etc. Additionally, if you don’t have a 3D TV, take a hard look at 3D projectors. I found they are much cheaper, so that’s the route I took.”