Was the more stripped-down, action-packed 'Quantum of Solace' a successful follow-up to 'Casino Royale'? Depends on who you ask, but we're in -- we'd take stylish Bond carnage over your average action ('Transporter,' anyone?) any day.
Family-friendly audiences get a little action-adventure of their own with 'Bolt,' the animated flick featuring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus (not to mention 'Inside the Actors Studio' host/stud James Lipton).
Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past.
'Quantum of Solace'
What It's About: After losing the love of his life (Eva Green), a vengeful James Bond (Daniel Craig) is out to take kick ass, take names and -- of course -- entertain on a couple new bed buddies in this direct sequel to 'Casino Royale.'
What We Say: Whereas 'Royale' spent plenty of energy acclimating us to the new (blond!) 007 with wit, charm, romance and action, 'Solace' is all about the turbo-charged action. This didn't play well with some critics, but we'll take stylish Bond carnage over your average actioner ('Transporter' anyone?) any day.
Special Features? Unless you're only in it for the Jack White-Alicia Keys music video for 'Another Way to Die' (the sole bonus feature on the single-disc edition), opt for the two-disc, which features several making-of docs, and most importantly, more Olga Kurylenko.
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What It's About: Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is not a super-dog, he just plays one on TV. Of course Bolt doesn't know that. When he unwittingly lands in NYC, the lost dog recruits a cranky cat and hilarious hamster (aren't they all?) for a cross-country jaunt back to his loyal owner/co-star (Miley Cyrus) in Hollywood.
It's Kind of Like: 'Underdog' meets 'Homeward Bound'
Critical Consensus: There's no stopping talking dog movies -- but there are no singing Chihuahua armies in this animated adventure, which is probably why it fared well with critics, scoring an impressive 86 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Special Edition Spotlight: 'To Catch a Thief'
What It's About: Cary Grant is one cool "Cat" -- a retired jewel thief living the high life on the Riviera. When a copycat bandit lands on the scene, he's hired to crack the case. Stealing visiting rich gal Grace Kelly's heart is merely a perk.
What We Say: The Master of Suspense often dabbled in romance, but Grant and Kelly mark one of Hitchcock's finest pairings (sorry, Perkins and Leigh): They're good-looking, fearless firebrands, and every scene with them together sparkles.
Special Features? The Centennial Collection edition includes several never-seen-before features, including one on film censorship in America and another on its two glamorous stars.
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Other New Releases This Week:
'Gardens of the Night'
'The Cake Eaters'
'The Odd Couple'
'The Fast and the Furious'
'2 Fast 2 Furious'
'Fast and the Furious: Toyko Drift'
New on Blu-ray:
'Never Say Never Again'
'The World Is Not Enough'
'A Mighty Heart'
'The Kite Runner'
'The 400 Blows'