Hot new DVD releases (April 08, 2008)
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John C. Reilly stars as fictional pop star Dewey Cox in this parody of the increasingly predictable rags-to-riches music biopic. On his hard-knocks journey toward stardom, Dewey crosses paths with the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Beatles. Before long, Dewey is writing hits, making women swoon and doing food endorsements — in between over-the-top moments of silliness, which producers Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow are so adept at creating. DVD and Blu-Ray.
Robert Redford directs and stars in this complex look at America’s war on terror, a three-pronged narrative of lives connected by politics and bloodshed. While a Washington bigwig (Tom Cruise) goes toe to toe with a reporter (Meryl Streep) on the issue of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, an idealistic professor (Redford) tries to keep his students engaged as two of his former pupils struggle to survive behind enemy lines in the Middle East. DVD and Blu-Ray.
Sense & Sensibility Collector’s Set (Sense & Sensibility 2008 / Miss Austen Regrets / Persuasion 2007)
When her young niece (Imogen Poots) enlists her help in finding a husband, novelist Jane Austen (Olivia Williams) — who shunned marriage for life as a single woman — takes stock of her own romantic past. Greta Scacchi and Samuel Roukin also star in this made-for-television “Masterpiece Theatre” drama based on Austen’s life and her actual correspondence with friends, family and would-be suitors. DVD.
At the turn of the 20th century, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis, in an Oscar-winning role) becomes a tycoon when he buys the oil rights to a Texas family’s ranch. Meanwhile, as the simple village becomes a boomtown, a charismatic young preacher (Paul Dano) fights his community’s growing greed. Kevin J. O’Connor, Ciarán Hinds and Russell Harvard co-star in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil! DVD and Blu-Ray disk.
Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel) watches in awe as the mysterious egg he found on the shores of a nearby loch begins to hatch into something incredible. But how long can he keep his ever-growing secret from his mother (Emily Watson) — and an increasingly concerned Scottish government? David Morrissey co-stars in this family-friendly fantasy based on the popular children’s novel by Dick King-Smith. DVD and Blu-Ray disk.
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