CATEGORIES DVDsIt's a big week for DVD releases, no 'Doubt' about it.
Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman engage in their own little holy war in the film adaptation of the hit stage play 'Doubt,' which earned four acting Oscar nominations (also up were Amy Adams and Viola Davis).
On the opposite end of the dramatic spectrum are funnymen Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler, who ham it up in the late-'08 box office hits 'Yes Man' and 'Bedtime Stories,' respectively.
Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past.
What It's About: An icy, conservative nun (Meryl Streep) and younger, progressive priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are the Hannity and Colmes of a Bronx Catholic church and school in 1964. But when she suspects him of molesting the school's first black student, their relationship transforms from one of passive difference to hostile opposition.
It's Kind of Like: 'Priest' meets 'Dead Man Walking'
What We Say: Any time a film gets four Oscar nominations for acting, you know you're in for some dramatic screen magic. Don't hold it against the film that its writer-director John Patrick Shanley's last movie was 'Joe Versus the Volcano.' This is a much better conflict.
Special Features? In addition to director's commentary, the DVD includes featurettes on the film's adaptation from the stage, the score, the cast and the Sisters of Charity. Nothing on Hoffman's finely manicured fingernails, however.
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What It's About: Jim Carrey is an insufferable loan officer who joins a cultish movement that demands its members say "yes" to everything. He then agrees to wild and crazy things like bungee jumping, guitar lessons, and charity work -- and in the process, becomes sufferable.
It's Kind of Like: 'Liar Liar' meets L. Ron Hubbard
What We Say: Carrey's manic brand of comedy isn't aging well, but he's relatively restrained here, so that's a good thing. 'Yes Man' isn't quite up to par with Carrey's best comedies, but there's enough chuckle-worthy material (and great supporting turns by Zooey Deschanel and Rhys Darby) to make it perfectly recommendable on DVD.
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What It's About: Adam Sandler plays an immature uncle whose fantastical tales told to his niece and nephew begin to come true in the real world. Gumball precipitation and dwarf jokes ensue.
Critical Consensus: Though professional Adam Sandler haters -- er, film critics -- recognized the comic actor toning down his schtick for kid-friendly audiences, they were none too kind to the movie, which earned an only 22 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes.
Box Office Mojo: Despite harsh reviews, the family film still racked up $110 million – which is fitting, seeing as Sandler's Uncle Skeeter attempts to use the stories' real-life effects to pocket $100 mil in the movie.
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Other New Releases This Week:
'The Day the Earth Stood Still'
'The Tale of Despereaux'
'Not Easily Broken'
'No Country for Old Men'
New on Blu-ray:
'American History X'
'Point of No Return'
'Tango & Cash'
'The Wedding Singer'