It was a box office hit with $127 million and an Oscar favorite with a leading 13 nominations, but 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' still turned off some moviegoers with its epic 166-minute length. That time investment should be a little easier for home viewers, however, as 'Ben Button' lands on DVD today.
Also releasing: Dustin Hoffman finds love in London in the adult romance 'Last Chance Harvey,' while Michelle Williams just can't find her dog in the acclaimed indie 'Wendy and Lucy.'
Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past.
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
What It's About: A New Orleans man (Brad Pitt) who miraculously ages in reverse, growing from naïve elder into relatively normal "middle-aged" period into a senile little boy. Sad as it may be, hey, at least he's got the impossibly handsome looks of Brad Pitt.
It's Kind of Like: 'Forrest Gump' meets 'Cocoon'
What We Say: So long as you don't mind the epic 166-minute runtime (easily the biggest audience knock against 'Button'), this is a fascinating and heartbreaking story done due justice with captivating, eye-catching effects by a brighter-than-ever David Fincher ('Seven').
Special Features? Given the special treatment with a Criterion Collection release, the two-disc DVD includes enough extras (cast interviews, director's commentary, multiple featurettes) to keep you busy for another 166 minutes and then some.
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'Last Chance Harvey'
What It's About: A down-on-his-luck musician-turned-jingle writer (Dustin Hoffman) in London for his daughter's wedding discovers that he's still got game when he picks up an equally as lonely local (Emma Thompson).
It's Kind of Like: 'Before Sunrise' for Baby Boomers
Critical Consensus: Mostly positive reviews (the film registered a 71 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes) praised the romance's veteran leads (both Golden Globe-nominated) and noted that despite a familiar, predictable plot, the film still proves satisfying. (Not nearly enough noted the bold portrayal of the plight of the jingle writer.)
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'Wendy and Lucy'
What It's About: Broke as a joke, Wendy (Michelle Williams) is on her way to Alaska for work with her best friend Lucy (that's her dog) when her car breaks down. One shoplifting incident later, Wendy is in a holding center and Lucy is nowhere to be found.
It's Kind of Like: 'Marley & Me' meets 'Waiting for Godot'
What We Say: Kelly Reichardt's drama is the perfect example of the divisive art house drama. You'll find it either a painfully slow, entirely uneventful bore about a woman and a dog, or perhaps a brilliant meditation on loneliness and desperation in the current woeful economic climate. I'm leaning toward the former; most critics think the latter.
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Other New Releases:
'Chandni Chowk to China'
'A Plumm Summer'
New on Blu-ray:
'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
'Saturday Night Fever'
'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
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