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    This Week's Top Pick:

  • Clash of the Titans

    Remake of the 1981 adventure film about the myth of Perseus. To win the right to marry his love (Andromeda) and fulfill his destiny, Perseus must complete various quests and battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster in order to save the Princess Andromeda. The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny. Vitals: Director: Louis Leterrier. Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Fantasy Action Adventure, Box office gross: $160.965 million, Warner. 3 stars


  • Repo Men

    In the future, humans have extended and improved their lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property…with no concern for your comfort or survival. Jude Law plays Remy, one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement ... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker), to track him down. Now that the hunter has become the hunted, Remy joins Beth (Alice Braga), another debtor who teaches him how to vanish from the system. And as he and Jake embark on a chase across a landscape populated by maniacal friends and foes, one man will become a reluctant champion for thousands on the run. Vitals: Director: Miguel Sapochnik. Stars: Jude Law, Forrest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Brava. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $13.763 million, Universal. 2 stars

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    All DVD Releases
    Acceptance (2009) Mae Whitman, Joan Cusack , Brigid Brannagh, Deepti Daryanani. A bright, blue-haired young girl currently runs the gauntlet of college applications, admissions essays, advanced placement exams, and an insanely overly ambitious mother, as she awaits word on her acceptance at her dream college. A Lifetime Original Movie. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).

    Accidents Happen (2009) Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Joel Tobeck. A dysfunctional New England family relies on the son prone to witnessing horrible accidents to get them though the hard times in this wry period comedy drama set in the 1980s. Extras: Deleted scenes, featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

    The Art of the Steal (2009) It may be unknown to most people, but in the art world, the Barnes Foundation (in Merion, Penn.) is a legendary repository of some of the finest paintings ever produced. This documentary tells how the private museum's $25 billion of art holdings has become the focus of a bitter, decades-long battle involving artists, politicians and powerful philanthropists. The film reveals how this private collection of paintings became the envy of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major institutions -- and the prize in a battle between one man's vision and the forces of commerce and politics. (IFC Films).

    Artois the Goat (2009) Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Taylor Fry, Dan Braverman. Lab technician Virgil Gurdies struggles to choose between his true love, Angie, and his newfound quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known. (IndiePix Films).

    Barney: Furry Friends (2010) Kids join Barney, Baby Bop, BJ and their playground friends for some tail-wagging adventures as they learn about dogs and cats. $14.98. Extras: "Animal Tracks" matching game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

    Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) Voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, John DiMaggio, Jason Issacs. Batman confronts new enemies, old foes and painful memories when a powerful vigilante with a penchant for violence comes to Gotham City in the intense graphic-novel-come-to-life. Latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies. Available as a single DVD, two-disc DVD and Blu-ray disc. Two-disc DVD extras: "Robin's Story" featurette; two title-themed episodes from Warner Bros. Animation's 20-year history of Batman television series, hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm. Blu-ray adds: "Death in the House of Batman" featurette, two additional bonus Batman-themed episodes personally selected by Bruce Timm, digital copy. (Warner).

    Clash of the Titans (2010) Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton. Extras: Alternate Ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

    Crime Inc.: History's Famed Offenders (2010) The real stories behind notorious criminal masterminds, including those the Watergate villains, Al Capone, The Black Dahlia crime, Ted Bundy, O.J. Simpson, more. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    The Dawn of War (2010) Eleven-part series chronicles the first half of World War II in a masterfully scripted presentation filled with rare and authentic archive footage. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    Deadly Shift (aka Polar Opposites) (2008) Charles Shaughnessy, Tracy Nelson, Beth Grant, Ken Barnett. After rogue nuclear tests by Iran set off devastating earthquakes and a sudden spike in life-threatening solar radiation levels, a desperate U.S. government turns to the only scientist who may hold the key to survival. (E1 Entertainment).

    Dog The Bounty Hunter: Crime Is on the Run (2009-10) Eight episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

    Don't Look Up (2009) Henry Thomas, Kevin Corrigan, Reshad Strik, Lothaire Bluteau. In this supernatural thriller, paranormal visionary Marcus Reed sets out to remake a cursed horror film in Transylvania. But while on set, a fierce supernatural force is released from the celluloid and rips open a window of terror, summoning the wrath of evil spirits. Remake of horror master Hideo Nakata's 1996 "Joyu-rei" (the creator of "The Ring" and "Dark Water"). Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (E1 Entertainment).

    Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry Sacha Guitry was once a household name. Something of a Gallic counterpart to Noel Coward, this disarming, multitalented artist served up some of 1930s French cinema's tastiest dishes. The son of a beloved theater actor, Guitry was devoted to the footlights, first turning to the silver screen as a way of bringing his plays to a wider audience. His films were anything but stage-bound, however: often the director, writer, and star of his popular movies, Guitry brought a witty inventiveness to the cinema and deployed radical tactics with such aplomb and control that he's considered one of the medium's first "complete auteurs." With these four films, American audiences can finally sample Guitry's creative, comic confections. Includes no-frills editions of "The Story of a Cheat" (Le roman d'un tricheur) (1936), "The Pearls of the Crown" (Les perles de la couronne) (1937), "Desire" (1937) and "Quadrille." (The Criterion Collection).

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars But Were Afraid to Ask (2010) Behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of gay adult cinema's hottest talents. Two-disc set with seven episodes,$24.98. (E1 Entertainment).

    G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero -- The Movie Special Collectors Edition (1983) Animated feature with the voice talent of Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith, Bill Ratner, Michael Bell and Chris Latta. Available as a single-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Commentary by story consultant Buzz Dixon; the final 8 "Knowing Is Half the Battle" PSAs that were not on the "G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero -- The Complete Series" DVD box set; original printable screenplay; art gallery. (Shout! Factory).

    Hunter: The Complete Series (1984-91) Twenty-eight disc set with 152 episodes (including those from Seasons 4-7, which have never been on DVD), $99.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    Huxley on Huxley (2009) Compelling glimpse of Laura Huxley's life with Aldous Huxley (literary giant, author of "Brave New World"), as well as Huxley's revolutionary and provocative work that had a major influence on American and contemporary cultural history and such key figures as The Beatles, The Doors and Timothy Leary. Narrated by Peter Coyote and featuring interviews with such luminaries as John Densmore, Michael Murphy, Nick Nolte and Ram Dass. $29.95. (Docurama Films).

    Ip Man (2008 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Simon Yam. The trio behind the cult hit "Kill Zone" -- director Wilson Yip, star Donnie Yen, and action choreographer Sammo Hung -- reteam for this Hong Kong action smash hit. Wing Chun grandmaster Ip (Donnie Yen) cements his reputation after defeating a roving band of kung fu masters who have come to his village to challenge him and the other marshal arts masters, but when the Japanese occupy his hometown during the Sino-Japan war (1937), he is forced to work as a coolie in a factory and participate in brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. He demonstrates his superior fighting skills by defeating his opponents despite being heavily outnumbered and wins the admiration of the Japanese Colonel, Mr. Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), who challenges Ip to a championship fight. The outcome of the match inspires the Chinese villagers to rise up and defeat their oppressors. Also Available on Blu-ray Disc. Collector's Editions in both formats will also be available, with such extras as interviews with director and actors, including 20 minutes with Donnie Yen; "The Making of Ip Man" featurette; deleted scenes; teaser and regular trailer; two 30 second TV spots; photo gallery; sneak preview of "Ip Man 2." (Well Go USA).

    Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010) Latest telefilm starring Tom Selleck as Police Chief Jesse Stone. Suspended by the Paradise, Mass., town council, Stone begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston. (Sony).

    The Job (2009) Patrick Flueger, Ron Perlman, Joe Pantoliano, Taryn Manning. A guy looking to find employment and marry the love of his life gets in over his head when a fast-talking temp agent lands him a job that may require some killer instincts. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Joy (1983 -- French) Claudia Udy. Erotic classic became an international sensation in the early 1980s thanks to its daring depiction of sexuality, seductive tone and stylish, sensuous settings. Explores one woman's voyage of sexual discovery. Based on the scandalous 1981 memoir of an international supermodel whose passion for men, women and strangers -- in any combination -- shatters every sexual taboo. Restored from the original negatives and contain footage previously unreleased in the U.S. Fittingly, "Joy" was restored using a print discovered in the screening room of a Paris brothel. Includes additional 12 minutes of footage, including the complete "secret orgy dungeon" sequence. (Severin Films).

    Joy and Joan (1985 -- French) Brigitte Lahaie, Isabelle Solar. Sequel to "Joy." Restored from a print seized in a Marseilles vice raid. Includes five minutes of film never before released in America, including the complete "Philippine sex grotto" sequence. (Severin Films).

    Life After People: The Complete Season Two (2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).

    Loose Screws (1985) Bryan Genesse, Lance Van Der Kolk, Alan Deveau, Jason Warren, Annie McAuley, Karen Wood. Canuxploitation-teen-sex-comedy sequel to "Screwballs." This mid-80s pubescent romp follows the horny high jinks of four boys forced to attend summer school at Cockswell Academy under the watchful eye of Principal Arsenault. Extras: Featurettes with production manager Ken Gord and producer Maurice Smith; commentary by director Rafael Zielinski; the international version in its entirety, which contains an extra 10 minutes of footage trimmed from the U.S. version. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Severin Films).

    Operation: Endgame (2010) Zach Galifianakis, Emilie de Ravin, Maggie Q, Odette Yustman, Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Brandon T. Jackson, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Anderson, Beth Grant, Bob Odenkirk. A dry action-comedy about two teams of government assassins working out of a top-secret underground facility using code names from the Tarot deck. When a new hire -- The Fool -- arrives for his first day at work to find that the boss has been killed under mysterious circumstances, he must find the killer before the whole place blows up. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, alternate opening and ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

    Parting Ways: An Unauthorized Story on Life After The Beatles (2010) Documentary explores John Lennon's work with Yoko Ono; Paul McCartney's solo career and decade as front man of Wings; George Harrison's music with The Traveling Wilburys and his work as a film producer; and Ringo Starr's solo albums as wells as his acting. $14.98. Extras: Four featurettes: "Stella," a look at McCartney's fashionista daughter; "Yogi," exploring the group's brief collaboration with the Indian transcendentalist Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; "Yoko," examining Ono's relationship with Lennon; and "Beatle-Mania," a look at fan hysteria. (Infinity Entertainment Group).

    Railroads: Tracks Across America (2010) Documentary collection of 36 fascinating features chronicling the development of the railroad industry from the first transcontinental line, freight and Pullman cars, to modern diesel engines. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    Rain (2008) Renel Brown, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder. A spirited 14-year-old girl who, after the death of her grandmother, travels to the big city to find the mother who abandoned her, only to discover that she's now a drug-addicted prostitute living in the worst part of the city. (Image Entertainment).

    Ray Bradbury's Chrysalis (2008) John Klemantaski, Darren Kendrick, Glen Vaughan. Post-apocalyptic tale based on Ray Bradbury's 1946 story, "Chrysalis," first published in Amazing Stories Magazine. In a futuristic, post-Word War III devastated Earth, a scientist falls ill and mysteriously begins to mutate into something plant-like. Is it a new human evolution or something far more sinister? (E1 Entertainment).

    Repo Men (2010) Jude Law, Forrest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Brava. Theatrical and unrated director's cut. Extras: Deleted scenes; complete "Union Commercials" used in the film; "Inside the Visual Effects"; commentary by director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD-LIVE, My Scenes bookmarking function, pocket BLU mobile apps, social BLU. (Universal).

    The Secret of the Grain (2007) Winner of four Cesar awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a classic, almost Shakespearean structure: when patriarch Slimane acts on his wish to open a port-side restaurant specializing in his ex-wife's fish couscous, the extended clan's passions and problems explode in riveting drama, leading to an engrossing, suspenseful climax. With sensitivity and grit, "The Secret of the Grain" celebrates the role food plays in family life and gets to the core of contemporary immigrant experience. Extras: New video interview with Kechiche; "Sueur," Kechiche's captivating extended version of the film's climactic belly dancing sequence, featuring a new introduction by the director; new video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade; excerpt from a "20 heures" television interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi; video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouia Marzouk, and the film's musicians; booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

    Sergeant Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show -- The First Season (1955-56) Five-disc set with 34 episodes, $42.99. Extras: "The Lost Audition Show," a rarely seen, live audition show that was never broadcast; original network opening; original cast commercials; "Lucy and the Efficiency Expert," a classic episode from the fifth season of "The Lucy Show" where Phil Silvers guest stars as an efficiency expert who takes over Lucy's office. (CBS/Paramount).

    Shine: An Unauthorized Story on Beyonce (2010) Documentary on the singer, actress, dancer, designer, diva. $14.98. (Infinity Entertainment Group).

    Stargate Universe (SGU 1.5) (2009-10) Three-disc set with the final 10 episodes of season one, $29.98. Extras: Fifteen behind-the-scenes featurettes, video diaries, commentary on every episode. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MGM).

    21 Jump Street: The Complete Series (1987-91) Eighteen-disc set with 103 episodes, $69.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    21 Jump Street: The Complete Third Season (1988-89) Four-disc set with 20 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    The Uninvited (2009) Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks. A young woman moves to a remote house to try to get over her bizarre phobia but quickly discovers that her fears have followed her. (IFC Films).

    Victory by Air (2010) Compilation includes five documentary features providing a complete historical overview of combat aircrafts from 1900 to 1945. $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

    Vincere (2009 -- Italian) Filippo Timi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Little-known story of the personal life and rise to power of Benito Mussolini, focusing on the woman he loved passionately, scorned, denounced and then wrote out of history. (IFC Films).

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