Monday, February 05, 2007

DVD Releases - Feb. 7

“Flags of Our Fathers” (R) - Director Clint Eastwood’s critically-acclaimed WWII drama examines the lives of the men involved in raising the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, which served as a turning point in the war. Earlier in 2006, this was seen as the likely front-runner for Oscar success, but was later overshadowed by Eastwood’s other WWII drama, “Letters from Iwo Jima,” which looks at the same battle from the Japanese perspective.
Extras: Sir, no Sir!
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“Flicka” (PG) - This family-friendly movie is actually a remake of the 1947 film, “My Friend Flicka,” which itself was based on a best-selling novel. Alison Lohman (who’s a bit old to be playing a teenager; she’s 27), Tim McGraw and Maria Bello star for director Michael Mayer.
Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers, a making of featurette and a music video from McGraw (naturally).
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“A Good Year” (PG-13) - The reteaming of star Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott seemed like a no-brainer hit movie, but “A Good Year” struggled at the box office. Crowe stars as a workaholic bonds trader who inherits his uncle’s French vineyard and estate. Initially looking to sell it for a big profit, he begins to have a change of heart amidst the beautiful southern France scenery.
Extras: Oui, oui! An audio commentary with Scott and a making of featurette.
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“The Grudge 2” (PG-13/Unrated) - A sequel to the not-very-spooky horror flick from 2004 that itself was based on the Japanese release “Ju-on.” The first film’s star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, returns with the action in her story thread picking up not long after the events that led to her being hospitalized. Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen and Jennifer Beals co-star in what has rapidly become a tired genre of its own – American adaptations of Japanese horror films.
Extras: Several featurettes and deleted scenes.
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“Hollywoodland” (R) - A solid cast heads up this fact-based mystery surrounding the death of George Reeves (Ben Affleck), who portrayed Superman in the 1950s TV show. Private eye Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) is hired to investigate the case, in order to determine whether the actor actually committed suicide as reported, or if something more sinister was involved. Diane Lane, Bob Hopkins and Robin Tunney also star in a movie that was largely overlooked in theaters.
Extras: Commentary with director Allen Coulter, deleted scenes and multiple featurettes.
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“Running with Scissors” (R) - Headed up by a great cast that includes Annette Bening, Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Alec Baldwin, this adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’ best-selling memoir, really seemed to polarize critics and audiences when it hit theaters in the fall. Some raved about Bening and the quirky collection of people portrayed by the actors, while others found the film torturous to sit through.
Extras: Multiple featurettes, including one centered around Burroughs.
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