It's a banner week for new DVD releases, led by 'The Dark Knight Rises'

It's a banner week for new DVD releases, led by 'The Dark Knight Rises'

There's no way you won't find something you like.

This is the kind of week that I just love. I couldn't wait to come here to give you the scoop about this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Why? Because I am almost certain that no matter what, each of you will find something to rent/buy that you'll enjoy. That almost never happens.

This week's new DVD releases include The Dark Knight Rises, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hope Springs and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I, for one, can't wait to see all of these (some for the second time).

Let's start with the biggest release of the week, shall we? The Dark Knight Rises DVD is sure to be a hot item over the holidays. If you haven't seen this final installment in Christopher Nolan's outstanding Batman trilogy, you really must. My expectations for this movie were sky-high, and it's rare when those expectations are met. They were with this film. It's magnificent.

Moving on to other offerings, this week also sees the release of the critically acclaimed drama Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Oscar buzz continues with regard to the film's young star, Quvenzhane Wallis. She could get an Academy Award nomination for her performance. I'm really looking forward to seeing this film, and the reviews, by the way, are fantastic.

I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention that the dramedy Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, is also new on DVD and Blu-ray this week. I opted, with great reservation, to skip this film in theaters because there were so many other movies I *had* to see. I'm thankful that I'll be able to finally see it now.

And finally, last but not least, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, is new on DVD right now. This Disney sci-fi/comedy didn't get the most stellar reviews, but I hear from friends that it's actually pretty good. Has anyone seen it to confirm?

It's a banner week for movie fans, with so many excellent new DVD choices. What will you see first?