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New on DVD, The Reader, The Spirit

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.


The Reader
If you didn't catch this provocative movie about the Holocaust (and so much more), now is your chance to do so. This is the performance that won Kate Winslet the Golden Globe and the Oscar and if you bring this movie home it won't be hard to see why.

She's mesmerizing as Hanna Schmitz, a German woman who strikes up an affair with a teenager named Michael Berg. In college, Berg learns that Hanna harbors many secrets when she goes on trial for Nazi war crimes. Ralph Fiennes plays an older Michael who struggles to reconcile his feelings for the woman he had an affair with, while comprehending the crimes she's committed.

Special features include deleted scenes, "Adapting a Timeless Masterpiece: Making The Reader," Kate Winslet talking about how to play an aging Hanna Schmitz, and the trailer.

One more up next so read more.


The Spirit
First of all, that's kind of a funny DVD cover, right? Scarlett looks a little out of it, Eva is windblown in a way that makes me laugh, and it's like Samuel L. Jackson needs a gun in each hand to do some hard thinking. Anyway, Director Frank Miller has a way of dividing people so if you weren't a fan of Sin City you likely won't enjoy this movie. If you do like the look and feel of this guy's movies, then you may want to add this title to your queue.

Here's the description of the plot: "After rookie Central City cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) is murdered, he's mysteriously reborn as masked superhero the Spirit. Setting out to rid the streets of crime, he finds his archnemesis in the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), whose quest for immortality imperils the entire city."

Special features include a never-before-seen alternate ending to the film.

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