Taken
Another action fest from District 13's Pierre Morel, this time Liam Neeson gets to rescue his daughter from slave traders. These glowing words from Eric D. Snider say it all: "it is welcome as a delightfully dizzying balm to soothe the pain inflicted by recent action films that have failed to deliver. It subscribes to the less-talk-more-rock school of thought, intentionally free of nuance but overbrimming with relentless, efficient, energetic mayhem. It plays out like a season of 24, crammed into 90 minutes." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Passengers
Anne Hathaway has been making waves with her critical successes (Rachel Getting Married), and migraine-inducing romcoms (Bride Wars). But in the midst of all this, Passengers came and went without much more than a glance. A "conspiratorial supernatural thriller," Hathaway plays a grief counselor facing foul play when crash survivors begin to disappear. Skip it. Also on Blu-ray.

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S. Darko
It's such an unnecessary sequel, is there any more to be said? Even if it contains Daveigh Chase? The one surprise -- Elizabeth Berkley as a religious fanatic. Skip it, but I shouldn't need to tell you that.

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Also out: The Grudge 3



Of Time and the City

Terence Davies' personal portrait of Liverpool, outlining almost 30 years of his life until he left in the early '70s. A.O. Scott said: "Of Time and the City, with its meditative tone and thematically (rather than chronologically) determined structure, might be classified as an essay film, but it is, even beyond that generic description, a stubbornly and thrillingly literary work."

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Also out: B.T.K.



For the first time, I think, the blu-ray releases trump the regular ol' DVD releases. There are a slew this week. But the biggies:


Star Trek
As the new generation, so to speak, hits the big screen, Paramount is releasing two, feature-laden Star Trek box sets. You can grab the whole shebang, Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection, or just the Genesis Arc with 2-4. But beware, as Amazon commenters note: only Khan gets the actual hi-def transfer, which makes the whole thing pointless if/when it all becomes high-def.

Terminator (Lenticular Cover)
In a pretty disappointing case of double-dipping, Terminator is re-hitting the shelves on Blu-ray, but it looks like the only thing that has changed since the first mediocre release is the cover. Two big geek love releases, and not a lot to love.

Also out: Action Hero Collection (The Day After Tomorrow, I, Robot, Terminator), Black Sheep, Dodgeball (rated), Fargo, Force 10 from Navarone, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Grudge, Jock Collection (Hoosiers, Rocky, Dodgeball), Licence to Kill, Major League, The Man with the Golden Gun, Personal Effects, Possession, Ran, Underworld 3-Pack, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, War Hero Collection (Patton, Behind Enemy Lines, Rescue Dawn), Wayne's World, Wayne's World 2, Without a Paddle



Galaxy Quest: Deluxe Edition
The beloved sci-fi comedy is getting a Deluxe Edition, but what does that mean? According to DVD Talk, it looks good, sounds good, and has new and better special features to get your geek on. And it includes, believe it or not:

"Sigourney Weaver Raps" A rap music video Weaver did for her agent while on the set, with help from Mitchell, Rockwell, Pyle and Breen, is so incredibly embarrassing that we are lucky to have it to enjoy on DVD. Really, the title is all you have to say to get the idea, but hearing Rockwell spit rhymes and seeing Pyle dance like a loon doesn't hurt either.

That should be enough all on its own!

Ultimate Westerns Collection
This one will require a clear shelf -- 2 Discs each for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Big Trail, Magnificent Seven, Dances with Wolves, Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, plus singles for Comancheros, Broken Arrow, Hang 'Em High, Red River, The Westerner, and The Missouri Breaks

Older Flicks: Wise Blood - Criterion, Alexander Korda's Private Lives - Eclipse Series, The Anatomist, Holy Flame of the Martial World, The King and Four Queens, Northwest Frontier, Time Limit