This week's new DVD releases include 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and 'Arthur Christmas'

This week's new DVD releases include 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and 'Arthur Christmas'

Another great opportunity to see some excellent films.

One of the few movies that I sincerely regret not seeing in the movie theater this year is Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man. At the time, reviews were good, not crazy-good, and I'd just spent big bucks seeing The Avengers. Also: I was about to spend even bigger bucks to see The Dark Knight Rises. With money being a little tight, I had to prioritize.

Thankfully for me (and anyone else who also missed it), The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday. And I'm also thrilled to report that after a very long wait, Arthur Christmas has arrived on DVD too!I'm not sure why on Earth it took so long to get the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas out on Blu-ray and DVD. The film actually came out in U.S. theaters this time last year (or close to it). That's one heck of a long wait, isn't it? Either way, I have seen this film and I can highly recommend it to everyone. If you have kids, they'll adore it and yes, as parents, you'll probably enjoy it as well. The animation is fantastic and the story is really, really funny.

As for The Amazing Spider-Man, I'm moving this one up in my movie queue. I'm a little behind, though I did manage to knock out Rock of Ages (meh, it was okay), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (delightful) and Safety Not Guaranteed (awesome) over the weekend.

Speaking of Safety Not Guaranteed, let's discuss Mark Duplass, shall we? He stars in Safety, and he's phenomenal. I've got a big crush going on him. Apparently, his work in the indie dramedy Your Sister's Sister, alongside the likes of Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt, is also outstanding. The film garnered rave reviews from critics, and it's out on DVD this week as well.

The choices, once again, are pretty solid this week, no matter what your favorite genre. Has anyone seen any of these movies already? I can recommend Arthur Christmas, but I'm not 100 percent sure on the other two.