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New on DVD August 5, 2008

What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the the titles below, you can get to know the presidential candidates a little better with election-edition A&E Biography docs on Obama and McCain.

The Counterfeiters
Winner of this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters tells the dramatic true story of Jewish forger Salomon Sorowitsch, who is sent to a concentration camp and becomes part of an assembly of counterfeiters whose work is aiding the Nazis and undermining the Allies' economies. The film centers on Sorowitsch's unthinkable choice between continuing to help the Nazis or face death. You can watch a preview of the movie here.

As is often the case with foreign cinema, the movie had a limited release and I missed it when it came out, so I'm excited to get this one in the mail.

Special features include commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and interviews with real-life counterfeiter Adolf Burger and actor Karl Markovics.

One more (and more family friendly) title, so


Nim's Island
Another movie I haven't seen is out on DVD today — yay! As you know, I watch a lot of movies so it's a fun rarity when I get to add something to my queue that I've never seen. Nim's Island is a good one because the trailer looks so adorable. Of course, I'm charmed by young Breslin, I love Jodie Foster, and I believe Gerard Butler is extremely attractive. As far as home-viewing goes, it doesn't get much better than that.

Foster plays successful children's book novelist Alexandra, whose main character, Alex Rover, is the hero to Nim (Breslin), a girl living on her magical Nim's Island with her scientist father (Butler). When her father goes missing, Nim desperately needs Alexandra's (and Alex Rover's — also played by Butler) help in conquering the mysterious island's challenges. Good old-fashioned family fun ensues.

Special features include adventure commentary with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin.

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