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Adults: Skip this. The two major theatrical-to-DVD releases this week are for teen girls and kids under 10. For the teens, there's 'The Last Song,' which stars Miley Cyrus as a petulant musical prodigy who finds love and meaning on the beach; no, she's not a combination Joan Jett/Gidget, but a Nicolas Sparks heroine. Next up there's 'Furry Vengeance,' a live-action/CGI comedy that tried to be eco-friendly but ended up making few friends at the box office -- even among the kids it was aimed at. Read on. 'The Last Song'
What It's About: Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks' ("A Walk to Remember," "The Notebook") novel, "The Last Song" is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (Greg Kinnear) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter (Miley Cyrus), who'd rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common -- music. It also helps to have a hunky boy around for her.

It's Kinda Like: 'Dear John' meets 'Hannah Montana'

What We Say: Miley Cyrus and Nicholas Sparks fans will embrace this predictable teen soap opera that has all the pat tropes in the right place: Cyrus starts out as an alienated teenager who dislikes her father and, though a child prodigy, doesn't want to attend Julliard; she meets a handsome young man in a cute way; falls in love; learns to understand her father; and even finds her way back to her music. What more could we ask for?

Blu-ray extras:
Commentary, alternate opening, deleted scenes.
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'Furry Vengeance'
What It's About: Brendan Fraser transplants his family from Chicago to the Oregon woods to oversee the construction of a supposedly "eco-friendly" housing development in this live-action/CGI kiddie comedy. But when the development encroaches on their habitat, the local animals, led by an incredibly clever raccoon, put him on their hit list, stymie the development and teach Fraser about the environmental consequences of man's encroachment on nature.

It's Kinda Like: 'FernGully: The Last Rainforest' meets 'Over the Hedge'

What We Say:
Poor Brendan Fraser. The talented actor (rent 'Gods and Monsters' to see this guy's range) has made a heck of a lot of bad role choices (aside from 'The Mummy') and this one is no exception. If you want to see CGI animals pummel a human mercilessly, then this is your cup of tea. But if you want humor -- and the eco-message promised by the filmmakers -- go elsewhere. Not even the kids liked this one.

Extras:
Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions include a feature-length commentary, a featurette on "The Pitfalls of Pratfalls," and a gag reel.
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Other New August 17 DVD Releases:
'Black Orpheus' (Criterion)
'Cemetery Junction'
'The City of Your Final Destination'
'Orlando Special Edition'



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