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Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray releases this week (October 7, 2008)

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The Happening (2008) R

The Happening

(2008) R
In this thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States. Fleeing from contaminated cities into the remote countryside, science teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), fight to survive and discover the truth: is it terrorism, the accidental release of some toxic military bio weapon, or something even more terrifying? John Leguizamo and Betty Buckley co-star. DVD | Blu-Ray


You Don’t Mess With Zohan

(2007) UnRated
Adam Sandler also stars as the titular Zohan, an Israeli counterterrorism soldier with a secretly fabulous ambition to become a Manhattan hairstylist, in this comedy he co-wrote with Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and Robert Smigel. Zohan’s desire runs so deep that he’ll do anything — including faking his own death and going head to head with an Arab cab driver (Rob Schneider) — to make his dreams come true. DVD | Blu-Ray

The Visitor (2008)

The Visitor

(2007) PG-13
Widowed professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) discovers an immigrant couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira), squatting in his Manhattan flat and becomes wrapped up in their lives when Tarek is thrown into a detention center. A wonderful Hiam Abbass co-stars as Tarek’s mother, who forges an unlikely connection with Walter. Director Thomas McCarthy’s follow-up to his indie hit The Station Agent premiered at Sundance in 2008. DVD | Blu-Ray

The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

(1945) UnRated
In Victorian England, vain aristocrat Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) becomes increasingly hedonistic and corrupt. When his portrait is painted, Gray makes a Faustian bargain: The picture will age while he stays young and handsome — an evil pact that eventually leads to murder. This classic drama based on a novel by Oscar Wilde won an Oscar for Best Cinematography, and Angela Lansbury took home a Golden Globe for her role as Gray’s jilted lover. DVD

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein

(1974) PG
Shot in glorious black and white, writer-director Mel Brooks’ finest work both parodies and salutes the 1930s Frankenstein movies. Co-writer Gene Wilder soars as mad scientist Frederich Frankenstein (”Fronkensteen!” he insists), with hilarious support from Marty Feldman as Igor, Peter Boyle as the monster, Teri Garr, and the late, great Madeline Kahn. Also provides a beaker full of extras. DVD | Blu-Ray

Slacker Uprising (2007)

Slacker Uprising

(2007) UnRated
Michael Moore’s documentary captures the excitement of his 2004 Slacker Uprising Tour, in which he visited 62 cities, hoping to mobilize swing state “slackers” to get up, get out and cast their first votes in a presidential election. With the promise of free Ramen noodles and no politicians, thousands of young people showed up each night to listen to Moore, along with entertainers such as R.E.M., Eddie Vedder and Viggo Mortensen. DVD

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

(1994) R
Director Neil Jordan’s Oscar-nominated tale of bloodsucking immortals moves from 18th century New Orleans to a Grand Guignol theater in Paris to present-day San Francisco as it explores betrayal, love, loneliness and hunger. The lives of a trio of vampires — cavalier Lestat (Tom Cruise), tormented Louis (Brad Pitt) and childlike Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) — are interconnected for centuries in this adaptation of Anne Rice’s romantic horror tale. DVD | Blu-Ray

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