Need to settle in with some new movies at home? A couple of highly-anticipated (and Oscar-nominated) flicks emerge on DVD and Blu-ray today. In addition to the titles below, Brothers and Mad Men Season 3 are also available today.
Feast your eyes on Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side now if you missed the movie in theaters. The heartwarming true story is about a poverty-stricken young man who's taken in by a wealthy family, led by Bullock's Lee Ann Tuohy. The subject matter seems like it could be cheesy, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It's restrained, sweet, and will make you feel good. The DVD extras include deleted scenes, while the Blu-ray has an interview with the real Michael Oher and additional featurettes.
Wes Anderson's animated feature is a pure delight — not necessarily meant for kids, but grown-ups with a wicked sense of humor will appreciate it. George Clooney voices the main character, the titular fox, while Meryl Streep is his wife. The other standout voice is Jason Schwartzman as their son, who gives his role depth and comedy. Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of my favorite movies of 2009 — don't miss it. The extras include clips on how the movie was made.
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George Clooney stars as Lyn Cassady, a self-proclaimed "Jedi Warrior" who uses his talent for mind tricks to help the US Army find anyone, anywhere in Iraq. The story is kooky fun in parts, but I felt like it had a serious case of ADD that ultimately does the film a disservice. Still, I'd rent it to catch Oscar winner Jeff Bridges do yet another of his Dude-type roles as Cassady's hippie commander. Plus, the extras include interviews with the men of the original battalion on which the story is based — interesting!