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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.

This movie won't be as captivating on DVD as it was on the big screen, but with the DVD, you'll get the inside scoop on one of 2007's most unusual films. An adaptation of Frank Miller's comic, 300 isn't going to win any screen-writing Oscars — we hope — for its portrayal of the lopsided Battle of Thermopylae. But it does break serious ground in terms of visual effects.

Be sure to check out some of the special features, like a commentary by director Zack Snyder, a gallery of production stills, and several featurettes including "The 300: Fact or Fiction?" in which "historians, authors, and filmmakers reveal how much of the film was based on fact."

Two more new DVDs if you

Hot Fuzz
I was fortunate enough to see Hot Fuzz in the theater and it is one hilarious movie. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's follow up to their zombie movie spoof Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz is a parody of classic buddy cop movies. Pegg plays a London police officer who is so good at his job that his colleagues resent him, so he's shipped off to the virtually crime-free village of Sandford and paired with a bumbling partner (Nick Frost). Not surprisingly, it turns out there might be more afoot in Sandford then expected. The movie also co-stars a roster of talented Brits, including Bill Nighy and Steve Coogan. The special features include a gag reel that I cannot wait to check out. You can watch the trailer for Hot Fuzz here.

Lonely Hearts
I posted the trailer for this movie back when it was coming out in theaters, and then I didn't hear much about it again, so now's the perfect time to check it out on DVD. Starring Salma Hayek, John Travolta, and Jared Leto, the highly stylized Lonely Hearts is based on the true story of two homicide detectives (played by Travolta and James Gandolfini) trying to track down the "Lonely Hearts Killers": a couple (played by Hayek and Leto) who lure their victims using personal ads. As an interesting tidbit, director Todd Robinson is actually the grandson of the real detective on the case.

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