The Majors: The most distinctive directorial statement of the year, Drive,  is a highly stylized story of a stuntman and getaway driver (Ryan Gosling), who goes to war with the mob.

The Whistleblower is the disturbing true story of a U.N. peacekeeper (Rachel Weisz) that discovered U.S. contractors involved in human trafficking in the aftermath of the Bosnian War.

Three paramilitary operatives square off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in the action thriller Killer Elite. Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham star.

Ryan Gosling is a young staffer for a charismatic presidential candidate (George Clooney), who gets in over his head with the dirty side of politics in The Ides of March.

Also available: Justin Timberlake in the sci-fi thriller In Time, Richard Gere and Topher Grace star in the spy thriller The Double and the Broadway musical Memphis.

Funny Business: Joseph Gordon Levitt is a young man dealing with the fallout of being diagnosed with cancer in the dramedy 50/50 (Seth Rogan and Anna Kendrick co-star).

Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin compete to find the rarest bird in The Big Year.

The Horror! The Horror! A prequel to John Carpenter’s classic, The Thing shows how the shape-shifting creature was freed from its Antarctic prison and preyed on the original research team.

A married couple (Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz) moves into a new home only to find it’s haunted. But the ghosts may be somehow related to the family’s past in Dreamhouse (Naomi Watts co-stars).
The Idiotbox: “Star Trek: The Next Generation:” The Next Level offers a sampler of the enormous hi-def remastering project of the continuing adventures of the Starship Enterprise. Included are the feature-length pilot and two fan favorite episodes.

Remastered and presented in its original broadcast order, “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 1” comes to Blu-ray.

Also available: “The Comic Strip Presents: The Complete Collection,” “King Arthur and Medieval Britain” and “Hey Dude: Season 2.”

Stranger than Fiction: Before the internet, Peter and Raymond became the first viral sensations when secret tapes of their violent arguments got passed around in Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure.

Also available: Revenge of the Electric Car, Hell and Back Again, Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

From the Vault: Christopher Reeves in Monsignor, Lethal Ladies Collection, Vol. 2 and Mickey Rooney in Treasure Train.

Under the Radar: Roland Joffé’s historical epic of faith and war : There Be Dragons.

Also available: Essential Killing, Beware the Gonzo, The Confession, Today’s Special, Beginning of the Great Revival, Janie Jones, Another Happy Day, Chalet Girl and Texas Killing Fields

Blu Notes:
One of the all-time great films, To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small town lawyer defending a wrongly accused African American man in the 1930s South.

Spike Lee and Denzel Washington made the perfect pair to bring to life the story of history’s most controversial civil rights leader in Malcom X: 20th Anniversary Edition.

Three Hitchcock classics come to Blu-ray: Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious, Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, and Gregory Peck and Bergman in Spellbound.

Robin Williams shines as an inspiring English teacher in Peter Weir’s Dead Poet’s Society and as a rebellious radio DJ sent overseas in Good Morning Vietnam.

Have a Richard Pryor-athon with classic comedies The Toy, Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.

Charlie Kaufman re-teamed with Spike Jonze for Adaptation, a delightfully meta dramedy proving Nicolas Cage can indeed act.  Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper are equally great.