Home Theater, October 2012

What to add to your queue this month.



Prometheus
Release Date: October 11, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
It’s been more than three decades since director Ridley Scott revisited his squishy, squirmy Alien universe, but he made the return trip earlier this year. Prometheus isn’t exactly a prequel to Alien, but it does go in search of answers that you may have had after watching Alien. (How did those aliens wind up on that planet, anyway?) We can’t promise that you’ll be satisfied by what gets revealed, but we can say that Prometheus shares Alien’s trademark intensity (and occasional horrifying gross-out scares). 

New Girl: The Complete First Season
Release Date: October 2, Fox Home Entertainment
Sure, this is really the Zooey Deschanel show. You can watch New Girl—one of the most successful sitcoms that debuted last year—just for her retro dresses, her occasional jams on the ukulele, and her all-around general “adorkability,” a word that seems to have been coined just for her. But Deschanel doesn’t keep the spotlight all to herself, and the character who most often steals the scenes from her is played by Dobbs Ferry native Max Greenfield. Going up against such a force of adorkability—and winning? You make us proud, Greenfield.


House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows
Release Date: October 30, Warner Home Video
Forget Edward Cullen. The first real vampire heartthrob gracing the pages of teen magazines was Barnabas Collins, a denizen of supernatural soap Dark Shadows. And, instead of roaming aimlessly around the Pacific Northwest, Collins had the good sense to live right here. The Collinwood Mansion in the show’s first movie adaptation, House of Dark Shadows, and its sequel, Night of Dark Shadows, is none other than our very own Lyndhurst. These two movies will be on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time, so you can check out the mansion in all its haunted glory.