Watchmen Director's Cut
It may not have been exactly what Joel Silver was once scheming up, but Zack Snyder's adaptation is at the top of this week's new release list, with more goodness not included in the theatrical release. Blending new twists with a number of scenes straight out of the book, Watchmen is a film that Peter called "sledgehammer entertainment." Buy it. Also out on Blu-ray. (And big fans will want to also check out the Collector's Corner section for more Watchmen goodness.)

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Coraline
Coraline slips into another world and finds an alternate version of her life that quickly turns from laughs to frights. Stop-motion animation in 3D, with a kickass female star, all from the mind of Neil Gaiman. In her review, Jette said it "is gorgeously fantastic, in all senses of the word." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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The Great Buck Howard
And with this, we've got all great picks this week! The Great Buck Howard boasts John Malkovich in another classically crazy role, plus both father and son Hanks in the story of a struggling and aged mentalist desperate for his next big break. But the ultimate reason to check it out: In his review, Scott said the film "might be the most affectionate look back at old-school entertainment since Peter O'Toole boozed his way through My Favorite Year." That's high praise indeed. Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Also out: Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II, Echelon Conspiracy, Messengers 2: The Scarecrow, Super Capers, Skeleton Crew



Visioneers
The directorial debut of Jared Drake, this indie black comedy focuses on increasing cases of spontaneous human combustion and a world of happiness through mindless productivity. It might sound wildly strange, however, Eric said Visioneers is "a high-concept comedy, but it's down-to-earth and accessible, even a little touching."

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Dim Sum Funeral
This little Canadian film, which I wrote about back in April of 2008, is now hitting the shelves. Whether that's a good thing, I'll leave it up to you to decide. The Rotten Tomatoes reviews, 4 in all, give such flowery praise like "too simplistic," "overly melodramatic and soap operatic," "jaw-droppingly misguided," and "banal in execution." Ouch.

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Also out: Sherman's Way,The New Twenty, Children of God, An Empress and the Warriors, A Father's Choice, Retribution Road, The Unknown Woman, The Ring Finger, Billy Owens, Carmen & Geoffrey, Leaving Barstow, Bundy



300: The Complete Experience
If you like the film, you'll probably love this Blu-ray release. As TheBluRayBlog says: "This disc takes all the bonus features from the old Blu-ray disc edition, the stuff you could only get on the HD-DVD version of 300 and adds a whole new, rule-breaking way of experiencing the film - The Complete 300: A Comprehensive Immersion. This feature is worth the price of the disc alone." By that, they mean a picture-in-picture experience throughout the film, and you can choose between writing, directing, and historical perspective.

Midnight Express
The classic 1978 film, which won Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Writing for Oliver Stone (plus nods for Best Pic, Editing, Director, and Supporting Actor) is finally on Blu-ray. While DVD Town's review has many critiques of the film itself, this transfer "looks so good in Blu-ray that I at first thought it was a skinny Randy Quaid look-alike instead of ol' Randy himself." As a picture book, this release not only has disc extras, but a 32-page book with essays, photos, and more.

Also out: Google Me, Echelon Conspiracy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry



Watchmen Director's Cut -- Amazon Exclusive Nite Owl Ship and Digital Bundle
This is a thing of beauty. Sure, I was enamored when I got to peruse Nite Owl's Ship myself, but even without the sneak peek, it's obvious that Snyder made the owl-eyed ship a beautiful reality. This exclusive comes with all the disc wonders tucked inside the base that holds up the ship after its burst out of the water. Oh yes -- and it also has lights and sounds.

Also two Criterion releases: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her & Made in U.S.A.