It's that time of year again - the time of year when we remind you that we have a big ol' HOLIDAY PAGE packed with titles. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas - they're all in there, and we might even have some advice for Hannukah and New Year's Eve, too! Be sure to check out the Holiday page for recommendations on old - and new - favorites!
PRISONERS [BLU-RAY]: (2013) "Though not without some merits, Prisoners falls flat in the end. It squanders a good cast and some intriguing elements to turn into a muddled cop thriller without the intelligence and cleverness to succeed. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture and audio but lacks substantial bonus materials. I wanted to like Prisoners but came away disappointed." Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal. Warner, $35.99, 12/17/2013.
FUTURAMA - VOLUME 7: (2012) "While not the best package of Futurama episodes, “Volume 7” still musters a lot of entertainment. The volume comes with ups and downs but nonetheless provides more laughs than groaners. The DVDs offer excellent visuals along with good audio and a pretty informative set of bonus materials. Fans will get a kick from this fun package." Starring Billy West, Katey Sagal. Fox, $29.98, 12/11/2012.
SCROOGED [BLU-RAY]: (1988) "Back in 1988, I expected Scrooged to offer a lively reworking of A Christmas Carol. It seemed disappointing to me back then and hasn't improved with age; while it delivers mild entertainment, it doesn't offer enough amusement and creativity to succeed. The Blu-ray comes with pretty good picture and audio but lacks supplements. Maybe someday I'll change my mind about Scrooged, but right now, I still see it as mediocre." Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen. Warner, $24.99, 11/1/2011.
STAR TREK - THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON FIVE [BLU-RAY]: (1991) "While Season Five of Star Trek: The Next Generation seems less positive than the prior two years, it still manages to offer a lot of good entertainment. A few stinkers intrude on the set, but most of the shows appear good or better. The Blu-rays deliver strong picture and audio along with a nice array of bonus materials. TNG fans will be delighted with this set and it makes a strong upgrade over the old DVDs." Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes. Paramount, $129.99, 11/19/2013.
ANCHORMAN - THE LEGEND OF RON BURGANDY - RICH MAHOGANY EDITION [BLU-RAY]: (2004) "A spotty and inconsistent comedy, Anchorman presents a decent number of laughs. The flick never quite connects, though, as it’s too up and down to keep us truly entertained much of the time. The Blu-ray presents decent picture and audio along with a stellar package of bonus materials. Even if you already own the single-disc BD, the hours of entertainment provided by the added supplements makes the “Rich Mahogany Edition” a must-have for Anchorman fans." Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate. DreamWorks, $24.99, 12/3/2013.
MARY POPPINS - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION [BLU-RAY]: (1964) "I found Mary Poppins to offer a moderately entertaining and fun experience, and it's a film that's maintained a very strong following for many decades. However, it just doesn't do a whole lot for me; I think it’s too long and it features far too many musical numbers. The Blu-ray delivers strong picture and audio along with an informative collection of bonus materials. Disney brings us Mary Poppins in its finest home video incarnation to date." Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke. Disney, $39.99, 12/10/2013.
GREY GARDENS - CRITERION COLLECTION [BLU-RAY]: (1975) "Interesting but depressing, Grey Gardens offers a portrait of two women who once had wealth and good fortune but ended up in squalor. Some appear to take positives from it, but I see little more than mental illness on display. The Blu-ray comes with acceptable picture and audio as well as a nice collection of bonus features. Grey Gardens gives us a compelling piece, though not necessarily one I’d want to see again." Starring Edith 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier. Criterion, $39.95, 12/10/2013.
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