At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Desperately Seeking Susan"
Suburban wife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) lives vicariously through the personal ads in the paper, especially those from and for a cool downtown rocker named Susan (Madonna). Roberta heads to the city for a little vicarious excitement, but she gets way more than she bargained for when a case of amnesia and mistaken identity have her on the run from the creeps seeking Susan. It's finally on Blu-ray, for anyone who's ever dreamed of escaping to NYC and drying their armpits off in a public bathroom.
"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition)
This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo boasts a new digital transfer and surround sound mix, but the never-before-seen outtakes with Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) and Marilyn Burns is what will really whet your whistle. Gorgon Video is selling a special limited edition box set styled like the Black Maria cattle truck that viewers will recognize from the famous "final girl" ending, as well as a Leatherface apron and a copy of "Eaten Alive."
"X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Check out the time-traveling adventures of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), and the rest of the mutant gang as they try to stop the mutant-hunting Sentinels created by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). This is also available as a 3D Blu-ray, if you're into that sort of thing.
TV Worth Watching
"Marry Me"(NBC, Tuesday, October 14th, 9 P.M. EST)
Casey Wilson and Ken Marino star in this sitcom about Annie and Jake, a couple who are pretty sure they want to stay together forever. After Jake's proposal goes awry, they have to recalibrate and figure out how the heck to manage their relationship. Series creator David Caspe was also behind the beloved sitcom "Happy Endings," which is where he met and fell in love with Wilson; "Marry Me" was inspired by their relationship.
"How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC, Thursday, October 16th, 10 P.M. EST)
If you haven't started watching "HTGAWM," it's best you start. Viola Davis stars as a brilliant, enigmatic, and possibly dangerous law professor named Annalise Keating. She lets four of her top students help out with cases, alongside her associates Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil from "Gilmore Girls"!) and Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber). They'll soon be putting to use everything Professor Keating teaches them, inside and outside of the classroom.
New on Netflix
"Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me"
Chelsea Handler's humor is not for everyone, but if you dig this comic's rather bracing take on life, you'll want to check out her newest stand-up special.
This is the second film that Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother") has written, directed, and starred in, but luckily "Liberal Arts" is a lot less precious than "Happythankyoumoreplease." Of course, it is still the story of a thirty-something guy who falls for a cool undergrad at his alma mater, but hey, it's pretty cute. Elizabeth Olson co-stars as Jesse's much younger love interest Zibby, alongside Richard Jenkins as Jesse's favorite professor who's now retiring. Zac Efron is particularly entertaining as the random hippie dude on campus.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars in this dramedy about a woman who fully unhinges after she catches her husband cheating on her. She robs the fast food joint she was working at and leaves town with her alcoholic grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon. The ad campaign sold "Tammy" as a broad physical farce, and while there are some elements of that in the movie, there's plenty of other interesting stuff going on -- like the sweet, understated romance brewing with a dude she meets on the road, who's played by Mark Duplass.
"Transparent" (Amazon Prime)
Jill Soloway's excellent TV series just got picked up for a second season, so if you didn't watch this series when it debuted on Amazon Prime a few weeks ago, it's time to catch up! Jeffrey Tambor leads a wonderful ensemble cast as Maura Pfefferman, a 68-year-old retired professor who comes out as trans to her adult children. Ali, Sarah, and Josh (Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass) have their own complicated private lives, which Soloway and her co-writers explore with humor and delicacy. Judith Light appears as Shelly Pfefferman, Maura's ex-wife and the matriarch of the neurotic clan.
"The Vanishing" (iTunes)
Check out this creepy Dutch thriller ahead of its fancy Criterion release. Rex's girlfriend Saskia disappears while they're on vacation together, and his dogged attempts to find her piques the curiosity of her abductor, who begins sending Rex letters. This is the perfect pre-Halloween treat.