“The Raven”: Thriller in which a fictionalized version of writer Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) helps track a serial killer who is modeling his crimes after the author’s stories. Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson also star. Directed by James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”).
“Whitney” – Season One: The second season of this NBC sitcom will begin airing Oct. 19. If you haven’t seen the first 22 episodes, they’re all included here. Comedian Whitney Cummings stars as a fictionalized version of herself, and the plotting generally centers on her relationship with a live-in boyfriend (Chris D’Elia). Zoe Lister-Jones, Rhea Seehorn, Maulik Pancholy and Dan O’Brien also star.
“Jeff Dunham – Minding the Monsters”: Fifth television comedy special from ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham. The show features many of his favorite characters, including Jose Jalapeno on a Stick and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. It also boasts a spooky, haunted house theme.
“E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial” – Anniversary Edition: Director Steven Spielberg’s 1982 drama about an Earth boy who befriends a stranded alien is making its Blu-ray debut. Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore star.
“Werewolf – The Beast Among Us”: Direct-to-video horror film about a monstrous creature stalking the residents of a 19th century village. Ed Quinn, Stephen Rea and Steven Bauer star. Directed by Louis Morneau (“Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead”).
“The Barrens”: Stephen Moyer stars as a man who takes his family camping in a remote New Jersey forest only to become convinced they are being stalked by the legendary Jersey Devil. Mia Kirshner, Allie McDonald and Shawn Ashmore also star. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman who made “Saw” II, III and IV.
“30 Beats”: Writer-director Alexis Lloyd tells the story of 10 New Yorkers whose lives are changed and connected by a series of sexual encounters. Paz de la Huerta, Justin Kirk, Ben Levin, Lee Pace, Condola Rashad, Thomas Sadoski and Jennifer Tilly star.
Eclipse Series 36 – Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures: The always-solid Criterion Collection has gathered three melodramas produced by British studio Gainsborough Pictures during the 1940s. Included are “The Man in Grey” (1943), “Madonna of the Seven Moons” (1945) and “The Wicked Lady” (1945).
“Big Top Scooby-Doo!”: New animated movie featuring Scooby-Doo and the rest of his mystery-solving pals. In this adventure, the gang joins a circus in order to investigate werewolf sightings.
“The World Series – History of the Fall Classic”: Documentary film looking at the ins and outs of the World Series. Narrated by Bob Costas.