I guess the powers that bring us DVDs wanted to let us focus on green foods and drinking, rather than movie watching, because the pickings are quite sparse the week.

Punisher: War Zone

If you're a fan of Punisher, you don't need me to tell you to go out and buy it. However, if you're hemming and hawing, or have no clue who this angry guy is, you might want to check out Eric D. Snider's review, which said: "It's War Zone's laughable desire to be taken seriously that makes it enjoyable to watch but a failure at what it was trying to do." Also on Blu-ray. Rent it.

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Twilight
Hold your horses -- this isn't out quite yet -- the vamp romance is scheduled to hit shelves on the 21st. Nevertheless, the first installment of Bella and Edward's bloody love is almost here, which will undoubtedly start an onslaught of DVDs. This, then one when #2 comes out, then the pair, then #3. But hey, the more the merrier for the fans. Snider called it "a somber teen romance that happens to have some vampires in it," while Peter Martin said: "Twilight may not add up to much more than the sum of its parts, but those parts can be mighty entertaining." Also on Blu-ray. Rent it, unless you know a Meyer fiend out there.

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Also out: Return of the Outlaws, The Triangle, Velveteen Rabbit, Walled In



Elegy
2008 was a big year for Ben Kingsley. He got to shock us all with his cinematic interlude with an Olson twin, and then get quite serious with Penelope Cruz for Elegy. As Christopher Campbell noted in his review, this is another bleak offering from My Life Without Me director Isabel Coixet, that he calls "a slow, uninteresting depiction of a selfish fool who possibly too-late realizes that he's grown old before he's actually grown up." But the film did earn a solid 72% fresh rating, so Rent it if your heart can take it.

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Also out: Chrysalis, The Life of Lucky Cucumber, My Zinc Bed



The Princess Bride
As we wished it, we can finally enjoy the adventures of Wesley and Buttercup on Blu-ray. We can see, in wonderfully crisp high definition: Inigo Montoya face the six-fingered man, the frights of the Fire Swamp, and all that mushy kissing stuff. Along with the film are a bunch of special features and commentaries to keep busy with.

Seven Pounds
It might have been forgotten by many, and unable of being saved by Will Smith's notoriety, but now we've got Seven Pounds on Blu-ray. Highdefdigest says it is "a frustrating and often overbearing drama. I like Will Smith, and I like the idea of the story, but the movie veers into such maudlin, heavy-handed and sometimes just plain unbelievable territory it can't escape the whiff of major disappointment. This Blu-ray is anything but, with strong video and audio, and decent enough supplements."

Also out: Hounddog, The Tale of Despereaux, Quo Vadis, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year,
Lady Death: The Motion Picture, The Robe



Faust, Special Edition
Murnau's 1926 classic has been restored and slipped inside a special 2-disc deluxe edition. For a movie coming close to 100 years old, there's a good deal of features: both the German and US releases, a 53-minute documentary, new musical score, and lost screen test footage.

Dodes Ka Den, Criterion
Dodes Ka Den is Akira Kurosawa's first color feature, and this disc presents it in "director's preferred aspect ratio" of 1.33:1, and as criterionforum shares, it's an "incredible-looking transfer." Unfortunately, it's almost supplement-free, save another part of Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create series, a trailer, and a booklet.

Plus these oldies: The Bulldog Breed, The Finances of the Grand Duke, The Haunted Castle, The Robe, Three Stooges Collection 5: 1946-1948