We’ll be honest: we can’t work up much enthusiasm for the big new releases of this week. We could point out that Race To Witch Mountain isn’t bad for what it is, or that The Soloist contains some good performances, but we’d just be going through the motions. Frankly, you’d have a lot more fun—and see some better movies—if you dug through some of the budget-priced collections of lesser-known old Hollywood movies out this week, like the provocatively named “Big Iron Collection,” or the “Icons Of Screwball Comedy” sets. (Full reviews of the latter coming next week.) Or if you want a slam-dunk, guaranteed good time, you need look no further than the Blu-ray edition of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China, which combines martial arts, sorcery, and full-force American fisticuffs, Kurt Russell style!. If only there were a new title on DVD so good.

Actors And Sin: Actor’s Blood/Woman Of Sin

VCI, $14.99

Big Iron Collection: Crooked River/Colorado Ranger/Fast On The Draw/Hostile Country/Marshal Of Heldorado/West Of The Brazos

VCI, $29.99

Big Trouble In Little China

20th Century Fox Blu-ray, $29.99

The Chaos Experiment

Cinepro, $19.95

Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters

Warner, $14.98


20th Century Fox, $22.98

Demon Warriors

Magnolia/Magnet, $26.98

Flight Of The Conchords: The Complete Second Season

HBO, $29.98


Sony, $24.96

Icons Of Screwball Comedy, Volume One

Sony, $24.96

Icons Of Screwball Comedy, Volume Two

Sony, $24.96

John Heffron: Middle Class Funny

Image, $14.98

Labor Pains

First Look, $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

The Last Of The Mohicans

VCI, $19.99

The Love Boat: Season Two, Vol. 2

Paramount, $36.98

Mutant Chronicles

Magnolia, $26.98/$29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

My Cousin Vinny

20th Century Fox Blu-ray, $34.98

The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh

Peace Arch, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Nature’s Grave

Screen Media, $24.98


Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $39.95

Project Runway: Season Five

Weinstein, $27.95

Race To Witch Mountain

Walt Disney, $29.99/$39.99; Blu-ray, $44.99


Anchor Bay, $26.97

Sling Blade

Miramax Blu-ray, $34.99

The Soloist

Dreamworks, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

The Tigger Movie

Walt Disney, $29.99

Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job!: Season Three

Warner, $19.98


Code Red, $19.98

Ulysses (1954)

Lionsgate, $14.98

The Waterboy

Walt Disney Blu-ray, $39.99

The Window

Film Movement, $24.95