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There's slim pickin's on the DVD front this week ... unless you like to watch a group of crazy guys put themselves into dangerous situations just to get a laugh -- in which case 'Jackass 3D' is for you. 'Jackass' is bookended by a weak comedy ('Morning Glory') and a weak thriller ('The Next Three Days'). But there's a surprise waiting for you: 'The Man From Nowhere,' a fast-paced, hard-boiled actioner from South Korean director Jeong-beom Lee that reminds one of, well, 'Hard Boiled.' Read on.

'Jackass 3D'
What It's About: The Jackass guys are back for another round of mischief and mayhem. Some of the stunts: Johnny Knoxville goes head-to-head with an angry bull, Bam Margera stumbles through a tunnel of high-voltage tasers, and Steve-O takes to the skies in a fully loaded porta-potty. Need we say more?

It's Kinda Like: All the previous 'Jackass' outings

What We Say: Gotta admit, some of these stunts are funny. Knoxville and crew has taken humiliation and punishment to a new level. They're kind of the Marquis de Sades of stupidity. Enjoy at your own risk.

• Extras: Outtakes and deleted scenes.
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'Morning Glory'
What It's About: A hard-working TV producer (Rachel McAdams), fired from a local news program, takes a job at 'Daybreak' (the last-place national morning news show) and decides to revitalize it by bringing in a legendary TV anchor (Harrison Ford) to balance the fluff put out by the ex-beauty queen co-host (Diane Keaton). Will hard news and gossip mix? Will McAdams keep her job. More importantly, will she find love?

It's Kinda Like: 'Broadcast News' meets 'Working Girl'

What We Say: Like the morning news shows it strove to emulate, 'Morning Glory' needed a shot of excitement to get going -- but it just couldn't find enough jolts to do the job right. Yes, the banter between Ford and Keaton and Ford and McAdams is cute and at times sparkling, but the plot is oh so predictable ... while simultaneously being too loose and messy. Is it a satire? A rom-com? And what's with Harrison Fold's predilection for playing grumpy (old) men?

• Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes.
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'The Next Three Days'
What It's About:Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a murder she says she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while filing appeal after appeal to prove her innocence. When the final appeal is denied, John decides there is only one possible solution: to break her out of prison.

It's Kinda Like: 'U.S. Marshals' meets 'The Shawshank Redemption'

What We Say: Russell Crowe has a knack for playing the everyman hero with a hidden edge and here he goes the extra mile as a college professor who will do anything to save his wife (played by a subdued Elizabeth Banks). Crow researches prison breaks, buys illegal passports and weapons, and becomes a vicious thug in his Machiavellian efforts. It's all a bit implausible ... but fun nevertheless. A remake of the 2007 French film 'Pour elle (Anything for Her).'.

• Extras: Several featurettes, including one on real "escapes for love," as well as deleted scenes.

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'The Man From Nowhere'
What It's About: Tae-sik, a former special agent who has become a loner after losing his wife in a miserable "accident," lives a solitary life running a pawnshop. His only connection to the rest of the world is So-mi, a little girl whose mother, Hyo-jeong, is a dope addict and stripper. After Hyo-jeong steals drugs from the local mob, mother and daughter are kidnapped, forcing Tae-sik to get involved: He becomes an immovable, killing machine as he tracks down and eliminates the bad guys -- one step ahead of the police -- to save the little girl.

It's Kinda Like: 'Hard Boiled' meets 'Kiss of the Dragon' via 'Taken'

What We Say: This is the kind of unexpected pleasure that will quicken the pulse of even the most die-hard action-mystery-thriller-martial arts aficionado. This is only South Korean director Jeong-beom Lee's second film, but he's already taken the mantle from John Woo, Corey Yuen, Ringo Lam and the doens of modern-Asian gangster films. It's noirish, brutal, fast-paced, full of spectacular stunts, has a coherent (if complex) story line, and even has a welcome sentimental streak (think 'The Killer'). Highly recommended.

• Extras: Behind-the-senes featurette.

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Other New March 8 DVD Releases:

'Every Day': Great cast (Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Ezra Miller, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, Eddie Izzard) in a comedy about a dysfunctional family who's patriarch -- the writer of a scandalous TV series who feels unfilled -- has to resist the charms of his sexy co-worker during late night-rewrites.



'A Film Unfinished': At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in a German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply 'Ghetto,' this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, with multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, showed the film to be fake. 'A Film Unfinished' presents the raw footage in its entirety, noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, probing deeply into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
'Four Lions': This UK satire on the war on terror follows a quintet of British would-be suicide bombers whose story shows how terrorism may be about ideology but it is also about idiots.
'Inside Job': Documentary chronicles the events that led to the $20 trillion global financial crisis. Through interviews with key financial insiders, politicians and journalists including Congressman Barney Frank, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, Financial Times associate editor and chief economics commentator Martin Wolf and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, this insightful film reveals that the 2008 economic downturn was a result of the disastrous collision of the unchecked investment banking bubble, rampant deregulation and corrupt economists.
'The Zombie Farm': Desperate to end her husband's domestic abuse, a young woman visits a local voodoo priestess and is given some potion to "change" the man ... but waking up in bed next to a zombie isn't exactly the transformation she was hoping for.

Check out other new March 8 DVD releases at OnVideo.