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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.


Get Smart
Get Smart is the big pick of the week this week, and as far as rentals go, this would be an excellent choice. I enjoyed the goofy comedy on the big screen, but it's just as much fun for a relaxed, lighthearted at-home viewing — especially after watching all those scary movies for Halloween last week.

Netflix explains, "When the identities of secret agents from Control are compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) promotes hapless but eager analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and teams him with stylish, capable Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), the only spy whose cover remains intact. Now, they must work together to thwart the evil plans of KAOS and its crafty operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp)." The Rock also stars in the film and he is both funny and handsome.

Two more funny-geeky picks this week, so read more.


Reaper
Yes! The CW's Reaper was one of my favorite new shows last year and I faithfully watched every single wacky, silly, bizarre episode. The show follows Sam (the very cute Bret Harrison) who learns on his twenty-first birthday that his parents sold his soul to the devil (played to hilarious perfection by Ray Wise) and now Sam must re-capture souls that escape from hell. Together with his bumbling friends Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez), Sam chases down the souls and brings them to Gladys (Christine Willes) at the DMV who naturally has a direct portal to hell through which she sends back the souls.

It sounds ridiculous, I know, but I had my reservations about the show at first and ended up loving it. The cast is totally endearing and the writing is very clever. Check out season one before the second season starts up (sometime in early 2009)!


Futurama: Bender's Game
Here you go, Futuramaheads, Bender's Game has arrived. I appreciate the punny play on the sci-fi classic Ender's Game in the title, and I'm sure this Futurama movie will be full of all kinds of nerdy goodness.

This feature film "traps the Planet Express crew in a fantastical world where anything can happen — and does. Billy West is back as the voice of hapless pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry, with John DiMaggio and Katey Sagal reprising their roles as Bender the potty-talking robot and Cycloptic captain Turanga Leela. Rich Little and George Takei guest star."

The DVD comes with ample bonus features, including (but not limited to): commentary by members of the cast and production team (including Matt Groening), interviews with the writers and producers, a featurette titled "How To Draw Futurama in 83 Easy Steps," recording session bloopers, a deleted scene and the preview for the next Futurama feature, Into the Wild Green Yonder.

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