BACK TO THE FUTURE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY on Blu-ray
The latest edition of the blockbuster trilogy includes a holy-grail extra for dedicated fans: footage of the original Marty McFly, Eric Stoltz, who was replaced by Michael J. Fox five weeks into production. Find out why he didn’t make the cut, and then head to EW.com to see video of our Back to the Future reunion with Fox and Lea Thompson. (Set rated PG)
From the director of the much-lauded documentary No End in Sight comes another whistle-blower flick (rated PG?13), this time about the 2008 economic collapse. Armed with comprehensive research and sharp-eyed intelligence, it helps answer the question we’re all still asking: ”What the hell happened?”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
The fifth and final season of the outstanding drama debuts Oct. 27. If the highly underrated Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton aren’t reason enough to tune in, then keep an eye out for fan favorites like Jason (Scott Porter), Tyra (Adrianne Palicki), and Matt (Zach Gilford), who’ll drop by throughout the season to bid Dillon adieu. (DirecTV Ch. 101, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.)
Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) is back for a new season and a new set of fascinating head cases — including Debra Winger as an aging movie star and the incomparable Amy Ryan as Weston’s new therapist. (HBO, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 p.m.)
HOUSE (HAUSU) Criterion edition DVD and Blu-ray
Trying to explain this gonzo Japanese horror-comedy acid trip is like trying to explain that dream where you had to fight Salman Rushdie over a pit of snapping turtles. That is, it’s just the kind of big-screen cult gem that you have to experience for yourself.
THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson
Bringing some levity to the often-fusty world of literary accolades, this novel about a British-Jewish writer and philosopher is billed as the first comedy to win the Man Booker Prize. But don’t let that fool you: It still packs a dramatic punch.
Judging by this and Steven Soderbergh’s Che, there’s something about controversial South Americans that begs for the long treatment. Unsurprisingly, though, the supremely talented director Olivier Assayas has made all five and a half hours of his biopic (rated R) about terrorist-assassin Carlos the Jackal riveting.