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 dramas I recommend below, also look out for a couple TV shows on DVD, specifically Brothers and Sisters: Season 3 and Desperate Housewives: Season 5.State of Play
I was impressed by this tense thriller, which stars Russell Crowe as a seasoned reporter and Ben Affleck as his congressman friend who gets himself in trouble. There's also Rachel McAdams as Crowe's green protégé, who I'm always happy to see on-screen.
Two hours around journalism and politics can sound kind of dry, but this movie's fast-moving plot keeps it engaging and entertaining. Special features on the DVD include deleted scenes and a making-of featurette. 84%
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Algenis Perez Soto hits hard as the titular character, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, in this story of a minor league baseball player from the Dominican Republic who is shipped to the States to play ball. This isn't a fun time at the ballpark, it's a weighty drama from the same people who brought you Ryan Gosling's Half Nelson. I was riveted by the performances and the filmmakers' portrayal of the unsympathetic International baseball factory.
Special features include deleted scenes, and several featurettes, including one about the casting process. 93%
Disney's visually stunning Earth comes to us from the producers of the earlier and equally wonderful Planet Earth series.
This is one that will make you happy you have that Blu-ray player — the gorgeous photography looks amazing on an HD TV and player. Plus, the narration by James Earl Jones is guaranteed to give you goose bumps. 85%