Clockwise from upper left: 'G-Force,' 'The Hangover,' 'Taking Woodstock,' 'Inglourious Basterds'

What will you buy, rent, or skip this week?

Inglourious Basterds
Creating even more of a talk-fest than usual, Quentin Tarantino rewrote history and plundered World War II iconography with his customary breezy aplomb. Christoph Waltz steals the show as a thoroughly charming, incredibly evil Nazi, overshadowing ostensible star Brad Pitt. Tarantino's films always reward multiple viewings. (Read more: Todd Gilchrist's review for Cinematical.) Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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The Hangover
Raucously funny, Todd Phillips' version of "one crazy bachelor party night in Vegas" is smutty as a freshman dorm room, enlivened by pleasantly off-key performances by Ed Helm and Zach Galifianakis. Appearances by Mike Tyson and a tiger add spice. (Read more: Eric D. Snider's review for Cinematical.) An unrated version is now available. Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Taking Woodstock
Ang Lee's period recreation took a critical drubbing, but even the director's least successful offerings have provided a modicum of redeeming virtues. (Read more: Jenni Miller's review for Cinematical: "I was surprised at how much I liked this little movie.") Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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G-Force
Guinea pigs gone wild! Producer Jerry Bruckheimer ventures into animation with an all-star voice cast. (Read more: Eric D. Snider's review for Cinematical: "In 2009, you can watch animated rodents save the world and still think, "Meh. What else you got?") Skip it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Also out: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; The Other Man.

More after the jump: Indies on DVD, more Blu-ray, and Collector's Corner.



'Herb & Dorothy'Herb & Dorothy
A couple begins collecting art in the early 1960s. Nothing extraordinary about that, except that one's a postal worker and the other was a librarian, and their only "rules" for collecting was that the art had to be affordable (for two people of modest means) and the piece had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment, That's intriguing enough for a rental right there. Directed by Megumi Sasaki.

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The Headless Woman
A bourgeois woman, a lonely dirt road, a bump that becomes a nightmare. Lucrecia Martel's dramatic thriller won critical acclaim, not only for the mystery it unravels but for the light it shines on "the intricacies of class status and the role of women in a male-dominated society."

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The Girl From Monaco
Anne Fontaine's comedy follows the collision between a "brilliant and neurotic attorney" (Fabrice Luchini) and a "beautiful she devil" (Louise Bourgoin). The lawyer's bodyguard attempts to set matters straight. It's all so much funnier in French than it might sound otherwise, I'm sure.

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Know Your Mushrooms
Ron Mann's documentary "investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi." I might hesitate to check this one out, except that Mann also made Comic Book Confidential and Go Further, two nicely-paced and consistently engaging docs. That warrants further exploration.

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Also out: 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End; Year of the Fish; Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers.



The Mel Brooks Collection

Nine comedies in new Blu-ray editions from the man who carved out a very personal corner of comedy. I'm not sure how well the films themselves hold up, but I'd be especially interesting in seeing Young Frankenstein and Silent Movie again for the visual side of the equation. Also included: Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, High Anxiety, History of the World Part 1, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, To Be or Not to Be, Twelve Chairs. A more thorough look at the set will be upcoming on Cinematical.



The Sherlock Holmes Collection
The Sherlock Holmes Collection


Two new sets arrive, both with the same title, and both with the intent, no doubt, on capitalizing on the interest stirred by the upcoming big screen adaptation. The first, a three-disc edition from A&E TV, features Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock in five episodes of the 1960s BBC television series.

The second collection stars a variety of actors as Holmes and Dr. Watson on two discs from MGM. It includes Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) with Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely, Terence Fisher's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) with Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell (plus Christopher Lee), and Thom Eberhardt's Without a Clue (1988) with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley.