What do Miley Cyrus and Mike Tyson have in common? (Besides the headline-making.) They both essentially play themselves in new DVDs releasing today -- Miley in tween smash 'Hannah Montana: The Movie,' and Tyson in the revealing (and aptly titled) documentary 'Tyson.' Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'Hannah Montana: The Movie'
What It's About: Superstardom can be taxing on a tween! After making like an angry Iraqi journalist and hurling a shoe at Tyra Banks (who says Disney fare can't be topical?), Hannah Montana/Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) retreats to rural Tennessee to live The Simple Life -- and find herself in the process.
What Critics Say: Reviewers were mostly split on this tween sensation, with the coming-of-age story earning a 45 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Then again, most critics aren't 12-year-old girls. So...
What Users Say (A few choice nuggets from our user reviews page):
"the best movie so cool omg lol" -- Roxxiealex;
"yOO that mOvie was stupid sOn Omg hannah montana stink" -- Domincanhottie6
"awesome movie!!!!!!! do the hoedown throwdown! do the boom boom clap, boom de clap, de clap! pop it lock it polka dot it! country fivin hip hop hip! put your arms in the sky move side to side! jump to the left, stick it, glide. Thats how we roll!" -- Sdsc101
Add to Netflix queue | Buy the DVD | Watch 'Hannah Montana' Unscripted Q&A
'The Last House on the Left'
What It's About: After their daughter is brutally assaulted by a gang of killers on the run, parents Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter unwittingly welcome them into their home, then exact awesomely sadistic revenge on them (why NOT finally find out what happens to a human head in a microwave?).
It's Kind of Like: 'Ransom' meets 'Saw'
What Critics Say: As far as torture porn goes, the Wes Craven-produced remake of his own 1972 thriller scored halfway decent reviews, earning a 41 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Extremely entertaining," says New York Magazine's David Edelstein. "If you don't mind being morally corrupted at every juncture."
Add to Netflix queue | Buy the DVD | Read Wes Craven Q&A
What It's About: In a mostly talking head format, former world heavyweight champ and on-again, off-again train wreck Mike Tyson explains how he grew from street thug to boxing wunderkind, what went wrong with Robin Givens, why he turned cannibalistic on Evander Holyfield's ear, and what in the world he was thinking when he got the face tattoo.
It's Kind of Like: Inside the Boxer's Studio
What We Say: Just hearing the world's most intimidating man with the least intimidating voice wax poetic for 90 minutes is worth the price of a rental in this revealing doc from James Toback ('Black and White'). It's a strange existence Tyson has lived, and the boxer (and summer movie star, in 'The Hangover') is surprisingly candid, sometimes regretful, other times just as vengeful – and occasionally, as vulnerable as teddy bear. I wouldn't recommend trying to hug him, though.
Add to Netflix queue | Buy the DVD | Watch the first 6 minutes
Other August 18 DVD Releases:
'The Last Starfighter'
New on Blu-ray: