If September’s any indication, there’s plenty of good fall movie and TV viewing for you to do in your spare time. The question is, where to start? Last week’s high-def Blu-ray releases were stellar, and this week is no slouch, either.
You’ve got one of the most decorated Oscar winners of all time in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the individual releases of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, scary pre-Halloween releases like Seven and The Amityville Horror, several cool TV shows, and even a 3D release (Monster House).
Thirty to forty years removed, it could be argued that the 1970s were the best decade for movies and music. Just look at the films that didn’t win Academy Awards (ok we know, we know, the Oscars don’t always get it right). And smack in the middle of the decade is Cuckoo’s Nest, which earned its place in the very elite Oscar history of sweeping Picture, Director, Actor and Actress, at the time only the second to do so after It Happened One Night. Any Jack Nicholson fan already knows his big scenes by heart, but it’s always worth a repeat viewing.
Of course, some might argue that the 1990s may have even topped the 70s for its filmmaking innovation. It’s certainly a close call. And again, the middle of the decade saw some really good ones that didn’t win Oscar, including the thriller Seven. Somehow I think this movie still gets a bit overlooked—maybe because it’s not like Titanic or Forrest Gump and on TNT or FX all the time. I also love that it’s almost 70s-esque in its grittiness.
For non-gritty, try out some of this week’s TV selections instead. You can do a Glee marathon of the first season to catch up before the new one begins, or have some laughs with comedies The Big Bang Theory or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If you’re looking for something a bit more out there, get into Fringe; seems like a lot of ex-X-Files fans are on board. Then again, neither of those shows probably would have been possible without the pioneering hit The Twilight Zone—and you can grab the original Season 1 this week!
Click here to view our Top 10 Blu-ray Releases for Sept. 14. Here’s the full slate for this week (schedule and slideshow synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
All Men Are Brothers
America: The Story of Us
The Amityville Horror
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season
Bloodsport / Timecop
A Cinderella Story / Another Cinderella Story
Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Two
Dvorak: Symphonies No.8&9
Fringe: The Complete Second Season
Ghost Hound: The Complete Collection
Glee: The Complete First Season
Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 release)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 5
Janeane Garofalo: If You Will, Live in Seattle
The League: The Complete First Season
Leonard Cohen: Songs from the Road
Letters to Juliet
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
March of the Wooden Soldiers
The Mighty Peking Man
Monster House 3D
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Return of the Living Dead
Shiloh / Saving Shiloh
Spirit of the Forest
The Twilight Zone: Season 1
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