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Hot new DVD and Blu-Ray Releases this week (Feb 3, 2009)

February 1st, 2009 by Maxim · No Comments · 7,596 Views

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These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray disks the week of February 3, 2009:

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)The Secret Life of Bees

(2008) PG-13

Haunted by the death of her mother, 14-year-old Lily (Dakota Fanning) escapes the dreary life she lives on her father’s farm and heads to Tiburon, S.C., with her friend and caregiver, Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), setting off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Set amidst the hotbed of racial tensions in the South in the 1960s, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s dramatic tale is based on the bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

DVD | Blu-Ray

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) R

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

a.k.a. Zack and Miri(2008) R

Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been platonic friends for years. When they both find themselves in financial hot water, they hit upon the idea of making an adult film to bring in some easy money. But when “action” is called, these two friends discover that unspoken feelings for each other may threaten the whole enterprise. Writer-director Kevin Smith helms this comic look at the line between friendship and romance.

DVD (3-disc edition) | Blu-Ray | [Maxim's Review]

Bottle Shock (2008) PG-13

Bottle Shock

(2008) PG-13

France’s position as the world’s top wine producer was unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines permanently on the map. Director Randall Miller’s film chronicles the heady early days of Napa Valley’s rocket to success. Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Eliza Dushku, Bill Pullman and Freddy Rodriguez star in this tale of dreamers who dared to challenge the establishment.


Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

(2008) PG-13

When his painfully recent ex-girlfriend (Alexis Dziena) shows up at a gig his band is playing in the city, Nick (Michael Cera) grabs the first girl he sees (Kat Dennings) and asks her to pretend that she’s dating him — but only for the next five minutes. He never expected their fauxmance to turn into something real. Still, the more time they spend together, the more it seems like they’re falling in love.

Blu-Ray (+ BD-Live) | DVD

Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa (2008) PG

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

(2008) PG

A botched rescue attempt strands Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) and his companions smack dab in the African wild. Sadly, as in Madagascar, Alex discovers he has little in common with the locals, having lived for so long in the city. His friends, meanwhile, begin to doubt they’ll ever make it back to the zoo. David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen reprise their voice roles in this hysterical animated sequel.

Blu-Ray | DVD (Widescreen | Standard)

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008) NR

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway

(2008) NR

This program captures the final Broadway stage performance of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical “Rent,” filmed live in Manhattan’s Nederlander Theatre, where the play ran for 12 years. Following a group of young artists struggling with life and love in the era of the AIDS epidemic, the production features show-stopping renditions of songs such as “One Song Glory,” “I Should Tell You,” “I’ll Cover You,” “Will I?” and more.


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