Disney’s “Frozen” headlines the week of new releases, bringing Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel, or Adele Dazeem if you’re John Travolta), and company into the homes of children and children-at-heart everywhere. As hands down the best animated film of 2013, and one of the best in general, there's no reason for it to be missing from any collection by the week's end. Despite still maintaining 3D showtimes in theaters, its home media debut is a 2D only affair. Purchases at Best Buy include a “Frozen Chronicles” book, while those at Target include an exclusive bonus disc. Quantities for both will surely be limited.
David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” may not have walked away from the Oscars with awards for any of its ten nominations, but it’s still one of the best films of 2013. Worth seeing for its performances alone, “American Hustle” is a worthwhile investment for fans of cons, great films, or any of the performers and filmmakers involved. It's the kind of film that's built for repeat viewings, and it definitely deserves a purchase.
Disney’s other, far less popular, holiday film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” isn’t likely to turn any more heads on Blu-ray and DVD than it did in theaters. Although pre-release chatter suggested it could have been one of last year’s top films, there were no such comments following its December release.
Rounding out the week's releases is “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Idris Elba provides a terrific performance that fans of his TV work have come to expect, but that may be the only upside present in the film. It, like "Saving Mr. Banks," is probably built for a rental at best.