Another huge week of DVD and Blu-ray releases is upon us, as retailers stock the shelves in advance of the gift-giving season. The biggest release today is undoubtedly Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, the critically divisive adaptation of the beloved graphic novel series. Even if you think you’d be inclined to hate it, it’s worth giving Scott Pilgrim a look; the characters are frequently annoying and the story makes very little sense, but it’s one of the most visually imaginative movies of the year. And if you already like Scott Pilgrim, you may want to put aside some extra cash and pick up the first series of Sherlock, the delightfully entertaining Sherlock Holmes revamp that’s populated by equally quirky characters and almost as much stylistic daring. (Granted, the two projects aren’t very similar beyond those points, if only because the characters in Sherlock are smart and useful; still, the sensibility’s not far off.)

Beyond those two, it’s a big week for box sets, from the massive collection of films by director Elia Kazan (packaged with a Martin Scorsese documentary about same) to the latest batch of Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVDs (all with a Monster or Devil theme). You could also buy the complete run of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, which comes packaged in a van, or the first season of the excellent TNT drama Men Of A Certain Age, which doesn’t. Or the complete run of the acclaimed PBS docu-series Circus. Or the documentary I Knew It Was You, about the too-short career of actor John Cazale. But since we’re on the subject of critically divisive films with a lot of visual flair, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Lars von Trier’s staggering horror film Antichrist, which comes out from Criterion today. It’s goofy and disturbing in equal measure, and likely to gain in esteem as the years go by and the initial shock and confusion caused by the film wears off. Let’s start the healing process now.

Criterion, $39.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

The Brazen Bull
Virgil, $24.99

Californication: The Third Season
Showtime/Paramount, $42.99

Car Bomb
Disinformation, $19.98

Charlie St. Cloud
Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

PBS, $34.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Damned By Dawn
Image, $27.97; Blu-ray, $29.97

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series
BBC Warner, $79.98; Blu-ray, $89.98

The Elia Kazan Collection
20th Century Fox, $199.98

The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection
Buena Vista, $149.99

Grown Ups
Columbia, $28.96; Blu-ray, $38.96

Hell’s Kitchen: Season Four
Millennium, $24.98

Hi-5: The Complete Series
Well Go USA, $69.98

Hunt To Kill
Anchor Bay, $26.98; Blu-ray, $26.98

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
Oscilloscope, $19.99

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
New Video, $29.95

Vivendi, $24.95; Blu-ray, $34.95

Lie To Me: Season Two
20th Century Fox, $59.98

Light Gradient
Strand, $24.99

Locked Down
Lionsgate Blu-ray, $29.99

Lovely, Still
Monterey, $26.95

Love Ranch
National Ent., $26.98; Blu-ray, $26.98

Men Of A Certain Age: The Complete First Season
Warner, $39.98

Metalocalypse: Season Three
Cartoon Network, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XIX: Robot Monster/Bride Of The Monster/Devil Doll/Devil Fish
Shout! Factory, $69.97


Nurse. Fighter. Boy.
Film Movement, $24.95

Ramona & Beezus
20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Scooby Doo, Where Are You?: The Complete Series
Warner, $79.98

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

Secret Origin: The Story Of DC Comics
Warner, $24.98

Sherlock: Season One
BBC Warner, $34.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

Superman/Shazam: The Return Of Black Adam
Warner, $19.98; Blu-ray, $29.99

Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives
Breaking Glass, $21.99