Weekly Digital Disc Picks – November 25, 2008

Another week has come, and another round of releases is upon us. There are fewer releases than earlier this month, but the average quality of the releases is pretty high.

First, the DVD releases:

Now, the Blu-Ray releases:

Finally, the pick of the week. If you don’t support Blu-Ray, and don’t expect to anytime soon, get any or all three Criterion releases this week. If you do support Blu-Ray, or expect to soon, just stick with “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” this week and hold off on the others until December 16, when the first wave of Criterion Collection Blu-Ray movies hits the market with Chungking Express, Bottle Rocket, The Man Who Fell To Earth and The Third Man. “Chungking Express” is one of the very, very few romantic comedies I have in my collection. It’s funny, energetic, and clearly directed by Wong-Kar Wai, who is widely regarded as the world’s most romantic filmmaker. “Bottle Rocket” is the reason the world has heard of Wes Anderson, who directed, and Luke and Owen Wilson, who not only starred in it, but who wrote a more intelligent script than those they have since become known for. “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” is one of the definitive Cold War movies.