Slumdog Millionaire
It was a complete Academy Awards smash, winning almost all of its nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Kim Voynar's review stated: "Boyle, stepping outside the UK to focus his lens on India, seems to have freed himself here to bring his brilliance as a director to its fullest fruition." Really, the praise and awards speak volumes, making the film a definite Buy it. Also, the film absolutely sparkles and shines on Blu-ray, with the vibrant colors of India popping and sizzling like you've never seen before. Seriously, put this one on your must-see list, like, yesterday. (For more, read our interview with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.)

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Marley & Me
A heart-warming Christmas feel-good flick -- Marley & Me tells the story of a couple who get a rambunctious dog who might be a handful, but who also becomes a beloved member of the family. It's full of puppy love and all the things you'd expect when following the life of a lovable canine. For the tear-jerker film fiends, this film will be a must, but for the rest, you might want to just Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Seven Pounds
It was beginning to seem like Will Smith was untouchable -- the Hollywood actor whose name would always mean successful blockbuster. At the very least, one would've thought Seven Pounds would be successful, but instead it came and went with little fanfare, and some disappointment. Nick Shager said the film was "misguided mush from the moment go, a deliberately muddled bit of inspirational pap that masks its inherent silliness with structural obliqueness and, worse still, affords Smith scant opportunities to infuse his character with authentic humanity." Skip it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Also out: Ogre, Timecrimes, The Real Ghostbusters, Vol. 1

This week, there's also a bunch of AfterDark Horrorfest releases for you blood and gore fans out there: Autopsy, The Broken, The Butterfly Effect 3, Dying Breed, From Within, AfterDark Horrorfest Vol. 3, Perkins 14, Slaughter, Voices



Special

Michael Rappaport might not seem like the sort of guy to don tights and save the world, but in Special he gets to play a man with superpowers after a new drug removes his feelings of self-doubt. In Jette Kernion's review, she said: "Rapaport is riveting to watch as Les, as he transforms from a mild-mannered, easily duped meter maid to a self-identified superhero determined to help fight crime, and even further to his final state at the movie's climax." That's enough for me. Rent it.

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Tell No One
This French thriller is another take on the innocent person zeroed in on by the law for a crime they did not commit. But while the premise might be familiar, James Rocchi's praising words make it just the sort of engaging film to snap up and devour. He said: "Tell No One is one of the most engaging and well-made thrillers I've seen in years, one with plenty of juicy thrills and real feeling -- a movie whose heart not only races but also beats true." And as an added bonus -- Kristin Scott Thomas speaking French! Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Also out: Holding Trevor



The Matrix

Usually, extras are a good thing, and the more bang for your buck, the better. But sometimes it's better to just revel in the beauty of one film, forgetting about mediocre or terrible sequels. And that's pretty much HighDefDigest's opinion. There are no new extras for this version, but it is the best of the three looking as best as it can.

Also out: An American in Paris, The Chronicles of Riddick, Ghosts of Mars, Gigi, Ichi the Killer, Jet Li's The One, Lady Cop & Papa Crook, Pitch Black, Pride & Prejudice, South Pacific, Two Evil Eyes



Danton - Criterion
This Polish classic follows Robespierre and his terrible Reign of Terror, but more specifically, his close friendship with Danton, who he fought in the French Revolution with, and how it deteriorated under the man's violent rule. It's not a jam-packed double-disc, but there are interviews and a behind-the-scenes documentary, plus an essay by Leonard Quart.

Generale Della Rovere - Criterion
Roberto Rossellini's take on the German occupation of Milan during WWII, Generale Della Rovere is one of his most successful films. But it's no ordinary war film. Instead, it follows a petty thief chosen to become a spy in a Milan prison, under the false identity of Rovere -- all to reveal the Italian resistance fighter in the prison. For a Criterion release, the supplements are sparse, but according to Rope of Silicon, there's a visual essay and words from the Rossellini clan, which includes, of course, daughter Isabella.

Special Editions: Fallen Angels, Happy Together

Also out: Cat in the Brain, Come Play with Me, The Cremator, The Escapees, Dying Breed, Hercules Collection, Restless Conscience, Same Old Song, The Sexploiters, Shakespeare's an Age of Kings, Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls, Stomp! Shout! Scream!