Despite its high profile as an Oscar nominee, An Education was one of the year's most understated dramas. Carey Mulligan stars as Jenny in her breakout role of a 1960s student who tastes a life of sophistication when she's seduced by an older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard.
This captivating, coming-of-age movie was one of my favorites last year, and I plan on renting (OK, buying) this movie now that it's available on DVD. The extras include a commentary track from director Lone Scherfig, Mulligan, and Sarsgaard, eleven deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and the original trailer.
Robert Downey Jr. exudes many charms as the title character in Guy Ritchie's slick retelling of Sherlock Holmes. RDJ, who won a Golden Globe for the part, is hot, ripped, and it's not necessarily costar Rachel McAdams he has the most chemistry with — it's his sidekick Watson, played by Jude Law. The bromance was my favorite thing about the movie, but it's also packed to the brim with action, making it a highly entertaining rental. The lone extra is a making-of clip titled "Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented."
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The musically-inclined CGI rodents star in their own sequel, I mean squeakquel, and this time they have more than just Jason Lee as live-action support — Chuck cutie Zachary Levi also stars. Of course, there's no upstaging Alvin, Simon, and Theodore (voiced by the likes of Justin Long and Amy Poehler) in this kid-friendly flick — just this weekend it won favorite movie at the Kids' Choice Awards. The extras are many, including a collection of the musical moments, a clip of the history of the group and interviews with the creators, as well as a VH1-like spoof on the Chipmunks group.