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As February begins to wind down, the hits are coming few and far between. This week is bookended with one hit, one miss. The big hit is Tony Scott's visually and viscerally exciting 'Unstoppable,' a straight-ahead action thriller about a runaway train starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. At the other extreme is the latest entry in the Woody Allen ouvre, 'You Will Meet a Talk dark Stranger,' a muddled romantic comedy about a pair of married couples who cast their fate to the wind and seek greener pastures when life hands them roadblocks and disappointments. Read on.

'Unstoppable'
What It's About: A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed The Beast and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) and a young conductor (Chris Pine), aboard another train in the runaway's path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it -- and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area.

It's Kinda Like: 'The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3' meets 'Runaway Train'

What We Say: Director Tony Scott returns to pure action form with this nail-biting, edge of your seat thriller that pits man against machine in a race against the clock to save hundreds of thousands of people from disaster. Scott and Denzel Washington have been together for five films, including this one ('Crimson Tide,' 'Man on Fire,' 'Deja Vu,' 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3') and though each previous collaboration has had its high points, this one clicks on all counts. Pure popcorn.

• Extras: Commentary, a couple behind-the-scenes featurettes, a documentary on the visual effects.
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'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger'
What It's About: Woody Allen's latest follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and her husband Roy (Josh Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. Among the characters that populate Allen's upper-middle-class world of angst is a seeker of lost youth, a free-spirited call girl, a charlatan fortuneteller, a lusty art gallery owner, a nervous novelist, and generally unhappy lovers all looking for the muse of romance and a way to beat their fate. It's a typical dysfunctional Allen family comedy.

It's Kinda Like: Every late-career Woody Allen film

What We Say: Woody Allen is nothing if not consistent -- the man has churned out at least one film a year since 1966, and while most of his early films were real gems and classics, most of his later productions have left much to be desired. For every hit like 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' you have a 'The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.' Last year's 'Whatever Works' was so misanthropic that this married couple romantic comedy is almost a welcome relief, despite its weak story line and uninspired direction.

• Extras: As is typical of Allen DVDs, there are no bonus features.
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Other New February 15 DVD Releases:

'Game of Death': Wesley Snipes stars as a CIA agent framed for murder and on the run, one step ahead of assassins hired by a ruthless arms dealer and a powerful Wall Street broker.
'Kites': A high-flying Bollywood story about two lovers on the lam in Las Vegas with the mob and police in close pursuit.
'The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Chtulhu': Three geeky friends are tasked with protecting the world from Dr. Lovecraft's monstrous creations.
'Love at First Kill' (aka The Box Collector): Psychological thriller about an overly possessive mother who will do anything to stop her son from finding happiness with his new lover.
'National Lampoon's Dirty Movie': Movie within a movie about a producer who wants to make a movie with the dirtiest, most offensive jokes ever told.
'Stag Night': A group of friends in New York City for a bachelor party get stuck in an abandonded subway station and are hunted down by a gang of cannibals living in the tunnels.
'Waiting for 'Superman' Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim takes a hard look at the failure of public education as he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth. The award-winning director surveys "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.




'William S. Burroughs: A Man Within': The definitive film about the Beat generation author and raconteur. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg. A probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture.

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February 15 Blu-ray Debuts:

'All the President's Men' (1976)
'Kansas City Confidential' (1952)
'Last Tango In Paris' (1972)
'Moonstruck' (1987)
'Network' (1976)
'Rain Man' (1988)
'The Stranger' (1946)

Best in Blu-ray: 'Last Tango,' 'President's Men,' 'Network,' 'Rain Man,' 'Summer Wars'

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