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DFW.com DVD Drawer: Week of Oct. 5

Posted 1:46pm on Monday, Oct. 04, 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?

Oct. 5
All month long, just about every Tuesday will bring a slew of new DVDs and Blu-rays to store shelves. The first Tuesday in October gets things going with a bang, thanks to several high-profile releases. Leading the pack are a pair of big summer flicks: A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Karate Kid, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. For those who dare, the squirm- and/or barf-inducing The Human Centipede slithers onto shelves this week, along with the equally squishy sci-fi horror drama Splice. Humphrey Bogart is feted with a brand new box, which includes over a dozen of his greatest films.

Seasons three through five of Ally McBeal arrive this week, along with new installments of All in the Family (season seven); Bones (season five); a re-release of Ken Burns’ masterful Baseball, including the brand new Tenth Inning; the Mary Tyler Moore Show (season seven); the complete series of Monk and Ugly Americans (season one, volume one).

New on Blu
Without question, the week’s biggest Blu-ray release is Grindhouse, the high-def debut of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s kitschy epic, as well as the long overdue arrival of the theatrical release on home video. The Exorcist takes a bow on Blu, with the director’s cut and the theatrical cut included. All of the abovementioned releases (Elm Street, Karate Kid, Splice, etc.) are also available on Blu-ray. In addition, a few Bogarts escape from that new box – chiefly The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre -- and make their first appearance on Blu-ray.

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