Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry's older now, and that means more darkness, more danger, and of course, more lust. One away from the final installment(s), Dumbledore is preparing Harry for battle while his friends are overcome with the love bug. In her review, Jette Kernion wrote that the film is "a tight suspense film that isn't too scary for older kids, with a good dose of humor, Young Love, and charm." Save from some over-the-top moments in love and Lestrange shenanigans, Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Julie & Julia
The exuberant food personality that brought French cooking stateside finally gets a film, sharing time with the blogger who dared to make every single recipe in one year. Overall, Nora Ephron's film is cute, but the charm, power, and driving force of the film lies with Meryl Streep's Julia. In her review, Jette wrote: "It's a comfort-food movies, the mac and cheese or apple-pie of this year's summer movie fare. And I like apple pie and mac and cheese just fine, but I feel that the potential for something less run-of-the-mill and more passionate, complex and memorable was there and sadly, was missed." If you're a foodie, Buy it for Ms. Child. If not, Rent it. Also on Blu-ray. Note: If this overcomes you with the urge to cook, this week's releases also includes Julia Child: The Way to Cook.

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Public Enemies
Johnny Depp as John Dillinger? With Christian Bale hunting him as Melvin Purvis and Billy Crudup playing J. Edgar Hoover? It's a project that should've raked in the dough, but only made back its hefty budget in its foreign take. Nevertheless, in his review, Jeffrey M. Anderson wrote: "The real person has become disconnected from his own legend, and he has become virtually obsolete. That [Michael] Mann recognized this and was able to so sublimely illustrate it shows that, not only has he made the connection between old gangster pictures and new ones, but also he has made the connection between movies and life." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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The Cove
Scott Weinberg said it perfectly, so I'll leave it to him: "Wow. Just wow. This is easily one of the most powerful, heartfelt, and (yes, I'll say it) important 'nature' documentaries I've ever seen. Here's a brutally honest and effortlessly fascinating film about one specific cove in Taiji, Japan, in which approximately 23,000 dolphins are killed every year. Yes, you read that right: 23,000. Dolphins. Annually. And here's the really twisted part: Given the amount of mercury that's found in these creatures, they're practically poison. But where there's money to be made, there are atrocities to be committed." Buy it.

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World's Greatest Dad
Bobcat Goldthwait's latest (black) comedy, World's Greatest Dad, stars Robin Williams as a sweet high school teacher struggling with having sole custody of his rather nasty and hostile, gaming and porn-addicted son. In his review, Scott wrote: "As a director, Goldthwait (whom you probably remember as a clever comedian trapped in a screechy exterior) continues to mine the middle ground between the absurd and the stupidly mundane, and while it takes an open mind to appreciate the odd 'n' twisted messages that Dad has to offer, I think it's refreshing to find a slick, smart comedy that's not afraid to trade in a little "sick" humor." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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The Marc Pease Experience
While this film starred Jason Schwartzman, Ben Stiller, and Anna Kendrick, The Marc Pease Experiment swam under the radar to this disc release. Schwartzman stars as "a former high school musical [not the movie] superstar who insists on living in the past' while "his former teacher and mentor prepares for a particularly chaotic opening-night performance." In his review, William Goss said: "Schwartzman does pathetic, Stiller does patronizing, Kendrick goes for indecisive, and there's nothing else to it. No character is worth caring about, worth pitying, worth paying attention to; no dilemma they face isn't too petty. And, with a straight face, the show within the film goes on (and I must say, for a public school, they do put on a pretty elaborate production)." Skip it.

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Also out: The Dog Who Saved Christmas, McLeod's Daughters, The National Tree, The Skeptic, Moonlight Serenade, Run Bitch Run, The First Saturday in May, Ghosted, Runaway, Humble Pie, Home Movie, This Beautiful City, Somers Town




Harry Potter Ultimate Editions and Gift Set
With Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hitting DVD shelves today, Warner Brothers is releasing a Years 1-6 gift set, plus "Ultimate" Editions for Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Will this really be the ULTIMATE? Something tells me everyone should just wait until the last two installments screen and then dig into the true Ultimate Series. That saved cash can buy you some of the goodies in Collector's Corner.

Also out: The Alphabet Killer, Cyclops, Lower Learning, Red Mist, Sands of Oblivion



AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa - Criterion
Kurosawa fans, rejoice! Criterion has release a stunning gift box set featuring 25 of the famed director's most notable films, including an illustrated book and four rare films never released on DVD. It does, however, come at a price. The set has a suggested retail price of $399.95, but Amazon has it for $284.99. And that's definitely worth it at less than $12 a film.

Coraline Limited Edition Gift Set
This gift set (available on Blu-ray and DVD) offers the film, a limited edition book about Henry Selick's insights into the making of the film, 4 pairs of 3-D glasses, and postcards you probably won't want to part with.