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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘North by Northwest,’ ‘Network,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ & More

Written by on February 18, 2014 

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)

Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal. A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family in a new foxhole in a beautiful tree—directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist. Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel is a meticulous work of stop-motion animation featuring vibrant performances by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Bill Murray. – Criterion.com

Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock)

In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. Foreign Correspondent deserves to be mentioned alongside The 39 Steps and North by Northwest as one of the master’s greatest adventures. – Criterion.com

Rent: Afternoon Delight

Recommended Deals of the Weeks

(Note: new additions are in red)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Adventureland (Blu-ray) – $5.00

Aliens (Blu-ray) – $8.87

Almost Famous (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Amadeus: Director’s Cut (Blu-ray) – $8.96

The American (Blu-ray) – $9.09

Amelie (Blu-ray) – $6.91

The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Caddyshack (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Casablanca/The African Queen (Blu-ray Combo Pack) – $8.96

Children of Men (Blu-ray) – $9.49

Chinatown (Blu-ray) – $8.96

Cool Hand Luke (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Contact (Blu-ray) – $5.00

Dark City (Blu-ray) – $7.99

The Departed (Blu-ray) – $6.96

The Descendants (Blu-ray) – $8.87

Dog Day Afternoon (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Escape From New York (Blu-ray) – $7.45

Eyes Wide Shut (Blu-ray) – $10.49

The Fugitive (Blu-ray) – $8.96

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Goodfellas (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Halloween (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Hannah and Her Sisters (Blu-ray) – $8.91

Heat (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Looper (Blu-ray) – $9.99

The Master (Blu-ray) – $11.99

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Once Upon a Time in the West (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Network (Blu-ray) – $6.96

No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray) – $7.99

North by Northwest (Blu-ray) – $8.96

Pulp Fiction (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Raging Bull (Blu-ray) – $4.49

Rebecca (Blu-ray) – $8.69

Saving Private Ryan (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Se7en (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Shane (Blu-ray) – $8.96

Shutter Island (Blu-ray) – $7.94

Source Code (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Spring Breakers (Blu-ray) – $9.96

Stalag 17 (Blu-ray) – $8.96

Sunset Boulevard (Blu-ray) – $8.96

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Blu-ray) – $7.99

There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray) – $6.96

The Town (Blu-ray) – $6.96

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (Blu-ray) – $10.49

Tropic Thunder (Blu-ray) – $8.77

The Truman Show (Blu-ray) – $8.98

The Usual Suspects (Blu-ray) – $8.99

The Wild Bunch (Blu-ray) – $5.00

Zodiac (Blu-ray) – $6.96

What are you picking up this week?


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