DVD releases coming this fall

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron’s romantic epic “Titanic.
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Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron’s romantic epic “Titanic.

The end of summer hardly spells the end of your chance to thrill to popcorn-movie heroism, judging by the slate of DVDs scheduled for release between now and the holidays. Harry Potter is back, Indiana Jones rides again, and the Avengers and Spider-Man are on their way.

We’ll also be seeing an assortment of classics, comedies, and cartoons, plus a couple of opportunities to rock out. Among the notable picks:


Harry Potter Wizard’s

The only thing more inevitable than Harry’s climactic mano a mano (wando a wando?) with Voldemort: this $500, 31-disc definitive set, packaged in a case hefty enough to double as a Hogwarts first year’s trunk. The box includes parts 7 and 8 of the DVD series’ excellent documentary collection, “Creating the World of Harry Potter,” as well as all previously released supplements. Elaborate tchotchkes include a fabric map of Hogwarts suitable for framing and a Horcrux locket prop replica. (Warner, available now)



Near, far, wherever you are in relation to your flat panel, the 3-D Blu-ray re-release of James Cameron’s romantic epic looks pretty swell. New hi-def extras include the retrospectives “Reflections on Titanic” and “Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron.” (Paramount, available now)

Indiana Jones:
The Complete Adventures

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Following the early September IMAX run of the restored “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” studio vault minders reissue the entire Ford-Spielberg-Lucas series as a Blu-ray set. It’s a hi-def encore for 2008’s “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” but a first for the original trilogy — and for Indy fans, a bit like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail rolled into one. (Paramount, Sept. 18)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

More of that iconic Spielberg magic hits Blu-ray, as the friendly alien fable gets spruced up for its 30th anniversary, and Universal’s 100th. (Universal, Oct. 9)

Sunset Boulevard

Gloria Swanson’s Norma Desmond readies for the ultimate close-up, as Billy Wilder’s inside-Hollywood classic makes its overdue Blu-ray debut. Featuring a deleted musical number (!), “The Paramount-Don’t-Want-Me Blues,” cut for fear of being too inside. (Paramount,
Nov. 6)


Snow White & the Huntsman

Much of the interest here, of course, is in seeing the movie that led to Kristen Stewart’s gossip-headlining fling with director Rupert Sanders. But you could also check it out for its intended curiosity-value element: seeing the classic fairy tale turned into an action-adventure flick, with Charlize Theron as the evil queen and Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Snow’s hunky new male support system. (Universal, available now)

Katy Perry: Part of Me


The flirty, perky pop queen sings, struts, melts Popsicles, disses ex Russell Brand, etc., in a 3-D look at life on her California Dreams Tour, with performance footage not shown in theaters. (Paramount, Sept. 18)

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Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

Marvel’s The Avengers

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, and super-friends reprise their hit team-up on DVD. Extras include a spinoff short tied to the climactic battle; an alternate, darker opening; and deleted material giving a better idea just what the heck Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner was doing hanging with Harry Dean Stanton. (Disney, Sept. 25)

Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton give the gothic TV soap their patented oddball treatment. Not that veddy formal vampire Barnabas Collins wasn’t plenty odd to start. Extensive Blu-ray featurettes include an interview with Depp and a cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. (Warner, Oct. 2)


Ridley Scott delivers his “Alien” quasi-prequel, with Noomi Rapace (Sweden’s “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy) doing Sigourney Weaver duty as a gutsy scientist in jeopardy. Scott’s sci-fi landmark “Blade Runner” also gets a lavish Blu-ray reissue marking its 30th anniversary, and featuring four different cuts of the film. (“Prometheus,” Fox, Oct. 9; “Blade Runner,” Warner, Oct. 23)

Rock of Ages

Flash back to the ’80s (and catch Tom Cruise playing rock god) in “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the hair-band-channeling Broadway musical. With Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”), Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige, and Alec Baldwin. (Warner, Oct. 9)

Focus Features
From left: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.”

Moonrise Kingdom


In Wes Anderson’s latest bit of signature whimsy, pre-adolescent Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward run away together on an island in New England, pursued by comically concerned adults Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis. Murray’s set tour for the DVD sounds promising. (Universal, Oct. 16)

Magic Mike

Steven Soderbergh directs Channing Tatum in a male-stripper comedy. And so Soderbergh caps a go-figure filmmaking trilogy that includes building an espionage thriller around mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano with “Haywire,” and casting adult-film star Sasha Grey as an escort in “The Girlfriend Experience.” (Warner, Oct. 23)

The Amazing Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield brings his twitchy cool-geek vibe to the Webslinger’s comin’-atcha 3-D redo. Includes screen tests, commentary, and director Marc Webb’s “interactive 3-D film school.” (Sony, Nov. 9)


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Scottish heroine Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in Disney/Pixar’s animated adventure “Brave.”

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Ben Stiller’s Alex the lion, Chris Rock’s Marty the zebra, and the rest of the menagerie take a divertingly colorful spin through big-top territory, along with grizzled circus tiger Bryan Cranston. And just in time! The soothing promo sounds of “Circus Afro” were about to stop echoing in your ears. (DreamWorks, Oct. 16)


Animators tweak the definition of “Disney princess” with the magical, mythological adventures of curly-haired, marriage-averse Scottish heroine Merida (Kelly Macdonald) in Pixar’s latest. Want traditional? “Cinderella” returns on Blu-ray on Oct. 2. (“Brave,” Disney, Nov. 13)

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