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DFW.com DVD Drawer: Week of Sept. 14

Posted 3:46pm on Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010

Welcome back to the DFW.com DVD Drawer. Although we make mention every week of the new releases, some of the more esoteric discs slip through the cracks. I’ll still throw a little light on the blockbusters, but hopefully, I can draw your attention to flicks that might otherwise pass you by. Let’s get started, shall we?

Sept. 14
Arguably one of the biggest weeks for new DVDs and Blu-rays this month, there’s a veritable flood of fresh product hitting store shelves. Several big TV releases – the first season of Glee, the first season of The Good Wife, the second season of Fringe and the freshman episodes of the underrated Bored to Death -- are available, along with the fascinating documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money. A couple, less-visible offerings include Antonio Campos’ unsettling debut, Afterschool and Werner Herzog’s weirdly mesmerizing My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.

New on Blu
Catalog titles dominate this week’s offerings, led by the lavish new 35th anniversary edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the extraordinary, new-to-Blu-ray edition of David Fincher’s Se7en. Despite its age (15 years), this grim thriller looks spectacular. Criterion ushers Breathless into the 21st century with a sparkling Blu-ray edition, as Lionsgate drops the cult favorite Jacob’s Ladder on Blu-ray and the classic sci-fi series Twilight Zone makes its first season available on the high-def format.

Last week slipped past before I could cover its highlights, so here’s a quick look at the notable discs that dropped seven days ago.

Sept. 7
Major new releases include MacGruber and Solitary Man. The week’s big TV offering? Steve Carell’s penultimate season of The Office, or, as it’s better known, season six.

New on Blu
Lots of quality catalog debuts this week: Robert Altman’s The Player, George Lucas’s THX 1138 and Ken Russell’s Tommy all take a high-def bow. Along with the other major releases (as noted above), Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust also makes its first appearance on Blu-ray.

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