Though there isn’t a TON of television new releases this week, there’s definitely some quality output. Let’s talk about the one’s hitting both formats first. Season Four of Justified debuts just in time for you to catch up for the fifth season premiere (January 7, 2014). The Timothy Olyphant-starring series is easily one of my favorite on television, and if you’re not watching it you’re missing out, Olyphant’s Raylan Givens is one of the best TV characters of all time. It’s a modern-day western full of gritty, love-to-hate characters and soapy plotlines that keep you coming back week in and week out. There’s also the Season Three release of Showtime’s Shameless, the remake of the BBC show of the same name. Its fourth season starts January 12, 2014, so once you get done catching up with Raylan, you can move on to this one. We’ve got a handful of DVD-only releases as well. There’s Volume 12 of Family Guy, which has been making headlines the last few weeks because of some attention-grabbing plotlines. Season Seven (The Final Season) of Burn Notice hits this week as well. The recently wrapped series was once one of my favorites, but it burned itself out (pardon the pun) pretty quickly for me. Now that it’s all over, I’ll admit to having some interest in how it all went down. The recently-aired The Sound of Music Live! has a DVD release, so now you can relive the event whenever you want. I’m not sure why you would choose to, but, hey, to each their own. Speaking of musicals, Psych recently (this past Sunday in fact) dove into that time-honored tradition of gimmicks for their Christmas special. There aren’t many procedural-type shows that I watch anymore, but this series is one of them. I love the cast, and as tired as the plots can sometimes get, they make every episode worth watching. The ridiculousness of the songs, and the seriousness with which the cast approaches the numbers makes for a pretty hysterical time, and it even wraps up some dangling plot threads from seasons past.
In the land of re-releases, there’s a 3D version of Ahhhhnold’s cinema classic Predator. Now you can see him being awesome in a whole new dimension. The entire Indiana Jones saga is getting individual Blu-Ray releases. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, of course, already had one, and all the films were available in the boxed set, but now you can pick and choose which ones you want in hi-def. Dollman finally makes its Blu-Ray debut as well, giving the world its much-needed Tim Thomerson fix. I remember loving this movie as a kid, I’d be really interested in revisiting it all these years later. The bizarre 1986 thriller Crawlspace gets the HD treatment, as does the 1982 film The Best Within, the formers starring Klaus Kinski, the latter starring Ronny Cox. Kino Classics has two remastered Blu-Ray sets coming out, The Whip and the Body, starring Christopher Lee, and The Blue Angel, starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings.
Now, let’s get on to those new movies!