It's a quiet week in the entertainment world, but we've found three picks for the week ahead. Batman's final chapter (for now) comes to home video, as does a wonderful and little-seen Oscar contender. And Bill Murray puts comedy aside to play President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a new movie.
TUESDAY: 'Dark Knight Rises' on DVD and Blu-ray
"Dark Knight Rises" was garnering only positive headlines from all corners, and then a horrific shooting at a theater in Colorado forever unjustly marred its name. But the film itself stands alone as an absorbing and action-packed wrap-up for director Christopher Nolan's trilogy. Information about the home video extras have been leaking out, and one of the most interesting featurettes reveals secrets behind the famed football field explosion, where real NFLer Hines Ward scores a touchdown for the Gotham Rogues only to turn slowly and look back at the devastated field. (Out on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 4.)
TUESDAY: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on DVD and Blu-ray
You may not have heard of the fantastical drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild," but you'll hear its name again come Oscar time. Child actress Quvenzhané Wallis (just 5 at the time of filming) plays 6-year-old Hushpuppy, a bayou child in a world where prehistoric Aurochs are about to be released from melting ice caps. (Stay with us here.) She has a sick father, a missing mother, and a mess of troubles. The film won the Camera d'Or award at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance. It's arty and odd enough that it probably never made it to your mall multiplex, but now you can see it at home. (Out on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 4.)
FRIDAY: 'Hyde Park on the Hudson'
Bill Murray as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt? That's the fact, Jack. The comedian has played serious before, though it hasn't always worked out. (1984's "The Razor's Edge" was a giant flop.) "Hyde Park on the Hudson" features Murray's FDR pursuing an affair with his own cousin (Laura Linney) and hosting the young King and Queen of England as World War II approaches. That's a lot of historical and personal baggage, and it'll be interesting to see how Murray handles it. (In theaters Dec. 7)