New Releases, week of 12/22/12: “Hail Santa” edition


It’s hard to believe, but we’re just one week away from Christmas. You may be wondering where your year has gone right about now, and just how many times you’ve listened to A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector since the month began. (Will be roughly 18 times for me by the afternoon, I think. Once a day, like vitamins.) If you need some ideas for this final week before annual gift day, you can consider our last-minute gift guide or give this week’s new releases a gander.

On the new side, there’s the remake of Total Recall, Pitch Perfect, Liberal Arts, and Trouble With the Curve. If you’re buying something for an NPR/PRI/This American Life fan, you may want to consider Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk with Me. (Oddly, I’m the ideal, urbane, public-radio-listening target viewer for that film but wasn’t all too fond of it.) There’s also Trailer War, a vintage trailer compilation, which includes a clip of Infra-Man, one of the first five movies I remember watching.

On the re-release side, you can now get all three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies on Blu-ray even though you should only buy the first two. There’s a box set of Tenchi Muyo movies as well. The re-release I’m most interested in is the Alexander Sokurov early works box set. Sokurov is probably best known for Russian Ark and last year’s Faust.

Take a look at what’s out on DVD and Blu-ray after the cut, with some special Christmas jams for you.

City of lost children (Santa's coming)

New Releases

10 Years (DVD, Blu-ray)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (DVD, Blu-ray)

Forced to Fight (DVD, Blu-ray)

The Good Doctor (DVD, Blu-ray)

Liberal Arts (DVD, Blu-ray)

Mission (DVD, Blu-ray)

Nature: An Original Duckumentary (DVD, Blu-ray)

The Nutcracker – Mariinsky Ballet (DVD, Blu-ray)

Pitch Perfect (DVD, Blu-ray)

Rihanna Loud Tour Live at the 02 (DVD, Blu-ray)

Sleepwalk With Me (DVD, Blu-ray)

Total Recall (DVD, Blu-ray)

Trailer War (DVD, Blu-ray)

Trouble With the Curve (DVD, Blu-ray)


The Jive Turkeys - "Get Down Santa" - Funky Christmas 45


Deathship (Blu-ray)

Hans Christian Andersen (Blu-ray)

Man Who Never Was (Blu-ray)

Nana Mouskouri – Live at the Royal Albert Hall (DVD, Blu-ray)

Sometimes a Great Notion (Blu-ray)

Sokurov: Early Masterworks (Whispering Pages | Stone | Save and Protect) (DVD, Blu-ray)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Blu-ray)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (Blu-ray)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time (Blu-ray)

Tenchi Muyo!: Movie Collection (DVD, Blu-ray)

The Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.