It's a man's world on DVD this week. At the top of the list is 'Megamind,' an animated adventure about a really mean villain who gets his way and then doesn't know how to deal with it. 'Due Date' follows the misadventures of a pair of traveling companions who rub each other the wrong way on a transcontinental trip from Atlanta to L.A. And lastly there's 'Mesrine: Killer Instinct,' the first of two films on France's most notorious and charismatic gangster of the 20th century. Read on.

'Megamind'
What It's About: This animated adventure centers on Megamind, the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. He's smart, crafty, sneaky and mean, but not bright enough to beat the clean, handsome caped superhero known as Metro Man ... until one day, quite by accident, he actually kills him during a botched evil plan. Now that he's won, Megamind finds that it's lonely at the top. Bored, he creates a new superhero to battle, who promptly turns evil and decides that it would be fun to rule the world -- after he kills Megamind.

It's Kinda Like: 'Superman' meets 'The Road Runner'

What We Say: Last year was a banner one for animated adventures, and we were blessed with two films revolving around evil villains: 'Despicable Me' and 'Megamind.' While 'Despicable Me' veered toward the maudlin -- what with a trio of kids taking up with and transforming the villain -- 'Megamind' was a little grittier, casting a more jaundiced eye at superhero conventions. While in he past we always felt a bit guilty rooting for Lex Luthor over Superman, we had no such qualms jumping on the Megamind bandwagon. Let's hear it for the bad guy.

• Extras: Several behind-the-scenes featurettes and a new Megamind adventure, 'Doom.'
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'Due Date'
What It's About: What if the losers from 'The Hangover' made a transcontinental trip from Atlanta to L.A. and got into a ton of trouble on the road? That's the gist of 'Due Date,' which has expectant father and royal uptight snob Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) teaming with would-be actor and general misfit Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) on a road trip from hell directed by 'The Hangover's' Todd Phillips. The premise: Highman has just a few days to get home to L.A. to be with his expectant wife, but his encounters with Tremblay -- kick-started when they're both kicked off their flight -- keep getting in the way of his ultimate goal.

It's Kinda Like: 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles' meets 'Dinner for Schmucks'

What We Say: This is the 21st century version of 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles,' with two polar opposites forced to share company on a road trip that tests their collective mettle. Director Phillips gives this story a harder edge, however, with nastier encounters that push the boundaries of good taste (if there is such a thing left in male-oriented comedies like this). What keeps the film together more than anything else is the chemistry between the two leads; their interaction is brilliant. Expect a sequel to this one.

• Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes.
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'Due Date' Takes Its Rightful Place in the Bromance Canon


'Mesrine: Killer Instinct'

What It's About: Jacques Mesrine was the last of the "great" French gangsters, his criminal career spanning more than 20 years of kidnappings, robberies, murders and prison escapes in some half-dozen countries ... until his death in a hail of police bullets in the middle of Paris in 1979. He was kind of a gallic Pretty Boy Floyd, capturing the imagination of the French public and the devotion of several French molls. Director Jean-François Richet takes his time telling Mesrine's story, splitting the narrative into two films; "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1," the second part, will be released on DVD March 29.

It's Kinda Like: 'Le cercle rouge' meets 'Bonnie & Clyde'

What We Say: Though released in France in 2008, 'Public Enemy only made it to the states last year -- but it was worth the wait. Vincent Cassel ('Brotherhood of the Wolf,' 'Black Swan') is alternately charming and menacing as Mesrine, an ex-soldier who lost his humanity during the Algerian War and learned how to wage his own battles against the French wealthy class upon his return home. It's a sweeping tale of violence, hatred, lust and power that totally mesmerizes the viewer in the way that 'Goodfellas' and 'Casino' keeps you glued to the screen.
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Other New February 22 DVD Releases:

'Birdemic: Shock and Terror': Midnight cult film homage to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."
'Eyes of the Mothman': Documentary about the chilling 1966 paranormal phenomenon that terrorized a small town of 5,000 in West Virginia: A seven-foot tall bird-like man with large wings and red oval shaped eyes who haunted residents at night, glided after cars, bellowed uncanny shrills and feasted on animals.
'Get Low': A backwoods recluse arranges his own funeral while he's alive to find out what people will say about him after he's not around.


'The Killing Jar': A mysterious stranger linked to a killing spree takes a waitress and the six customers of a remote diner hostage.
'Killshot': A pair of winesses to a hit man's botched murder attempt take the law into their on hands when the Witness Protection program doesn't protect them like it should.
'Kings of Pastry': D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, distinguished filmmakers of "The War Room" and "Don't Look Back," turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel Prize for pastry. Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of the seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar desserts to the display table.
'The Last Unicorn' (1982): Animated adventure about a lone unicorn who seeks out others like herself through a mystical land of talking cats and spellbinding magicians.
'Psych:9': Working alone at night in a recently closed hospital, an unstable woman witnesses events that may be connected to a string of murders.
'Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Trilogy': The three films ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' and 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest') in the fabulous Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, here in one DVD or Blu-ray boxed set.


February 22 Blu-ray Debuts:

'Bambi'
'Fish Tank'
'Memento (10th Anniversary Edition)'
'Senso'
'Sweet Smell of Success '


Best in Blu-ray: 'Sweet Smell,' 'Get Low,' 'All-Star Superman,' '48 Hrs.'

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