Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the big DVD/Blu-ray release for the first weekend of Oct., but there's plenty available via Redbox, Netflix and OnDemand. Don't miss out on releases in the big lists below, which include classics ranging from Footloose to the 50th Anniversary edition of Ben Hur, biographies ranging from Adele to Justin Bieber and primetime faves, including the CSI franchise. Plus, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, there's a new Nirvana release.
The films currently ruling the DVD/Blu-Ray rental battle are Thor, Something Borrowed, Set Up, Everything Must Go, Rio, Paul, Your Highness, Win Win, Limitless and Spooky Buddies. Last week's big release, Bridesmaids, didn't rule the weekend as expected.
Here's what's new this weekend:
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The third Transformers installment came with promises from filmmaker Michael Bay that it would trump the second installment, which was generally panned, and it delivered. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is loud, big and in 3D -- and that is a good thing. However, the movie still feels heavy-handed. Sure, there's plenty of jaw-dropping action, but it's low on the laughs that made the first installment such a hit. Shia LaBeouf, back as Sam, is joined by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as his girlfriend, brilliant John Malkovich as his boss and Patrick Dempsey, who tosses aside his Grey's Anatomy McDreamy demeanor to play a powerful man who may or may not be involved with the conspiracy to destroy the Earth.
Without Men: Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria headlines this indie comedy based on Colombian novelist James Canon's best-selling novel, Tales from the Town of Widows. After all the men in a Latin American town are forced to go to war, the women are left to fend for themselves and ultimately create an all female utopia. The local priest (Oscar Nunez, The Office) is the only man around, until an American reporter (Christian Slater) leads the men back to try to reclaim their power. Needless to say, a battle of the sexes ensues. The film offers a few lesbian moments, including sexy scenes between Longoria and Kate del Castillo.
The Ledge: In this thriller, a police officer (Terrence Howard) tries to talk down a young man, Gavin (Charlie Hunnam), who has been lured to the ledge of a high rise by his lover's (Liv Tyler) fundamentalist Christian husband (Patrick Wilson). Gavin has one hour to contemplate a fateful decision: take his own life or forfeit another.
Drama/Thrillers: Where the Road Meets the Sun (Eric Mabius), Viva Riva! (French), All She Can (Benavides Born, Corina Calderon), Blue Eyes (Portuguese, David Rasche), The Boxer and the Bombshell (Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne), Treasure Island, Good Neighbors, The Stool Pigeon (Hong Kong)
Comedies: American Loser (aka Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot, Seann William Scott); Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos; Snack Bar Budapest (Italian, Giancarlo Giannini); The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman (China)
Horror: Angel of Evil (Kim Rossi Stuart); The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen; Swedish); Attack Of The Octopus People / Frankenstein vs. Hitler; Corpse Princess: The Complete Series (Japanese Manga); Vampires Collection; Vampires, Mummies & Monsters Collection, A Big Box of Vampires (8 cult classics), The Phantom Carriage (Criterion Collection); Torso; Treasure Island;
Re-releases, Classics & Collections: Basket Case; Nightmare on Elm Street 2 & 3; Footloose (Deluxe Edition); The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions (Two-Pack); Mimic (Director's Cut); Ma & Pa Kettle Complete Comedy Collection; DreamWorks Halloween Double Pack (Scared Shrekless / Monsters Vs Pumpkins Halloween); Battling Butler / Go West (Buster Keaton, 1925); Treasures 5: The West 1898-1938 (10-hour, 3-disc anthology of 40 early movies showing the West); Women on Margins: Cinema of Jean-Claude Brisseau; The World of Sholom Aleichem (1959); 3 by Theo: The Theo Van Gogh Collection (Blind Date / Interview / 1-900, Dutch)
Current Primetime shows: How I Met Your Mother: Season Six, The Middle: The Complete Second Season, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eleventh Season; CSI: Miami - The Ninth Season, CSI: New York - The Seventh Season, Hung: The Complete Second Season, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Twelfth Year, Army Wives: The Complete Fifth Season; The Cleveland Show: The Complete Season Two, How to Make It in America: The Complete First Season, Kendra: Season 2, Holly's World: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2,
More TV: Degrassi: Season 10, Part 2; Dawson's Creek - The Complete Series, Married...With Children - The Complete Series, King of Queens - The Complete Series, Call Me Fitz: The Complete First Season (Jason Priestley), Kojak: Season Two, Lost Future, New Tricks: Season 5, Around the World in 80 Days (1989 miniseries), Gavin & Stacey: The Complete Collection (British), Kojak: Season Two, Queer As Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection, The Hour
Kids/Family: Jake & The Never Land Pirates: Season 1, Volume 1; Looney Tunes Fun Collection, The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1 Volume 1; Scared Shrekless / Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins, Country Mouse / City Mouse Adventures On Orient Express; Country Mouse / City Mouse Pharoah's Tomb; The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Volume 1 and Volume 2, D Treasure Seekers (Keira Knightley, 1996); ZhuZhu Pets: Quest for Zhu, Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. Volume 3, and several titles in the Toy Castle series.
Music/Dance: Nirvana: Live at the Paramount; Bruce Springsteen Collection, Iggy & Stooges: Raw Power Live In The Hands Of The Fans, Old School Hip Hop: Run DMC & Flava Flav, Slain Icons of Rap: Biggie & Tupac, All Star Jazz Show: Live From The Ed Sullivan Theater, International Jazz Hall Of Fame: 1996 Awards Ceremonies, America The Beautiful: A Tribute To God And Country, Ballet Favorites: Newly Revised Version, WOW Hits 2012: Collection of Various Christian Video Hits, Laura Pausini: Gira Mundial 2009 Live
Documentary/Biography: Justin Bieber: Fever, Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, Arnold Schwarzenegger: True Story Unauthorized, Adele: Fire & Rain: The Unauthorized Story, Brando Unauthorized, The Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordan Lewis, Einstein: The Man Behind The Genius, Carlos (Spanish, dramatized crime biography), L'Amour Fou (French, featuring Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux), Rudolph Valentino Classics Collection, The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn, William Turner: Visions Of Color & Light Gallery Of The Masters, Art of the Western World, Jay Leno: Certified Car Nut, Chevy Muscle Cars, Ford Muscle Cars, Cool Cars of the 50s, Great Cars: Volkswagen, Unexplained Explained: Ghostly Paranormal Activity,
Travel: Taste of California: Napa Valley & Sonoma County, Journey Through the Bible Lands, and several titles in the Adventures in America's Western Parks, Enchanted Pacific, Europe to the Max, Cruise and Amazing Planet series.
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