Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 10/6

Year One
(Unrated)
The marketing made it look like it was all about Jack Black and Michael Cera as primitive cavemen, when in reality it's very much a Biblical comedy. In either guise, it fails to fire on all cylinders, never igniting into a full-blown laugh romp. Still, Black and Cera display enough rambunctious charm to keep the proceedings moving along nicely. And maybe the unrated edition will restore some much-needed adult-oriented humor. Also on Blu-ray. Rent it.

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Imagine That
As I wrote in my review, Eddie Murphy gives a very warm, very funny performance as a stressed-out financial executive trying to be a better parent to his seven-year-old daughter, but the film springs to life only at rare moments, which are surrounded by so much fatty tissue that you fear the movie will die of a heart attack before it huffs and puffs its way to the end credits. Also on Blu-ray. Skip it.

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My Life in Ruins
No, no, Nia! The unexpected star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding has been struggling in vain to recreate that magical lightning strike, but not even a trip to Greece could interest audiences -- or critics. "It often feels flat and forced," wrote Jette Kernion, "and even the landscapes seemed blah." Also on Blu-ray. Skip it.

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Also out: Trick 'r Treat, The Children, Ken Burns: National Parks - America's Best Idea.





Anvil: The Story of Anvil
James Rocchi really loved this one: "Not just better than you'd think that a documentary about a 30-year-old Canadian metal band led by two lifelong friends in their 50's would be. It's better than most music documentaries. It's better than most documentaries, period."

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation
Mark Hartley's incredibly entertaining documentary about the early days of the exploitation side of the Australian film industry. Highly recommended.

Also out: Assassination of a High School President.



A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles eternal classic never fails to bring a smile to the lips and joy to the brain and dancing to the feet.

Contact
Robert Zemeckis' ambitious attempt at a quiet epic is quite an odd science fiction drama, with Jodie Foster as good as she's ever been, and Matthew McConaughey quite presentable.

Audition: Collector's Edition
Takashi Miike's introduction to American arthouses came with this deceptively placid, somewhat warped romance that veers off into treachorous territory.

Wolf
Mike Nichols' werewolf picture is a misfire, but a glorious one, with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Another misfire, less glorious, and much less watchable, with Robert DeNiro as The Monster.

Also out: the "real" Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street, Jim Carrey in The Number 23.



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Limited Edition Collector's Set
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Collector's Book Set
In advance of the general wide release next month, the collector's set on Blu-ray is available for those with a few extra greenbacks. A less expensive, though no less handsome, edition, has also been released. Click the links to read more details at Amazon.