From the Big Screen:
“Lucy,” “The Boxtrolls,” The Drop” and “Annabelle.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week’s Highlights:
Due this week on DVD and Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection is “The Palm Beach Story”
(1942). This wild tale of wacky wedlock from Preston Sturges takes off like a rocket and never lets up. Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert play Tom and Gerry, a married New York couple on the skids, financially and romantically. With Tom hot on her trail, Gerry takes off for Florida on a mission to solve the pair’s money troubles, which she accomplishes in a highly unorthodox manner. A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, “The Palm Beach Story” is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances from its leads as well as hilarious supporting turns from Rudy Vallee and Mary Astor as a brother and a sister ensnared in Tom and Gerry’s high jinks. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
From TV to DVD:
“Little House on the Prairie – Season Four Deluxe Remastered Edition” (1977-78) is a five-disc set with 22 newly restored and remastered uncut broadcast-length episodes. The adventure and drama continues for the beloved Ingalls family: Life on the frontier brings trials and triumphs that includes a disappointing trip to Chicago, a devastating drowning followed by Laura’s kidnapping, crime and outlaws in Walnut Grove, love and marriage for Nellie, a surprise family inheritance, Caroline’s pregnancy, Mary’s tragic blindness and more. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … “Swamp People: Season 5” (2014) is a five-disc set with 22 episodes, $24.98. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate.