This felt like it would be one of those epic films that came, saw, and conquered. In the past, Baz Luhrman has made some impressive shows, from star-crossed lovers to sexy dancing and pop tunes, but Australia never knew what it wanted to be, and suffered for it. As JMA wrote in his review: "It's too bad that he had to waste the all-encompassing title Australia on such a mixed mess." Skip it on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Where one like Australia fizzled, Beverly Hills Chihuahua shocked even Eric D. Snider: "[it] isn't the braying, garish nightmare that the trailers make it out to be, or that we've come to expect from Disney's live-action-excrement factory." Rent it on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective
I can only hope that this film isn't the first in a long line of comedic offspring: Zoolander: Mini Male Models, Step Brothers: When Kids are Kids. Unsurprisingly, Cinematical never reviewed this gem of a film, but you can read through our news about it here. Skip it.
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Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic
Right in time for the long-awaited release of Watchmen, we're getting the complete motion comic. Now this isn't an entirely animated film, but rather the comic amped up with some movement and a voiceover. DVD Talk says: "these motion comics offer up a unique presentation of the material that is just about as faithful as anything short of a reprint could be, while still offering something new." But there are faults, like Tom Stechschulte voicing ALL of the characters, even the women, but it still looks worthwhile. Rent it on DVD and Blu-ray.
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The live action version might be a pipe dream these days, but you can still hear Keri Russel voice the original on Blu-ray or DVD. Scott Mendelson says: "Exciting, funny, violent as hell, and displaying an almost angry feminist streak, Wonder Woman succeeds so well as a definitive origin story that it almost renders the eventual live-action movie a moot point." Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.
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Also out: Exit Speed, Stiletto, True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, Johnny Handsome, Narrow Margin
The Dead Girl
This is a movie that I've been itching to see since 2006, and now, finally, it's out on DVD. In review all those months and years ago, Scott said: "It's a tough movie to describe, a tougher movie to "enjoy," but an easy one to recommend -- provided you don't mind a little darkness, gloom and sobriety mixed in with your indie-style ensemble pieces." It's also got an excellent cast that includes: Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy, Josh Brolin, Toni Collette, and James Franco.
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Also out: Saturday Morning, The Village Barbershop, Lake City, Back to Normandy
It's all seriousness for the Blu-ray releases this week, offering Ang Lee's Brokeback, Kristin Scott Thomas leading a powerful French film, studio-influenced and ravaged Tommy Lee Jones, and Clarice Starling hunting serial killers in wonderful high-definition:
I've Loved You So Long
In the Electric Mist
The Silence of the Lambs
Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986
If you love all things avant-garde, this should whet your appetite. The collection includes 5 whopping hours of films from the likes of Andy Warhol, Saul Levine, and Shirley Clarke, plus new music, a booklet, interactive screens, and postcards.
Ashes of Time: Redux
If you're a fan of Ashes of Time or Wong Kar Wai, this will be a must -- the filmmaker went back to improve the film and print, and the effort was met with pretty solid reviews.
Also out: Air Bud, Scarlett Johansson Collection - Girl with a Pearl Earring, A Good Woman, An American Rhapsody
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