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What to Netflix: New DVDs This Week

DVD production stops for no holiday, it seems, as several new DVDs recently hit stores (and Netflix). As a kind of belated New DVD Tuesday, here are a few of the notable titles now available on DVD.

Shoot 'Em Up
This movie is fun and campy while also being extremely violent. The dreamy Clive Owen stars opposite the creepy Paul Giamatti as Mr. Smith, a kind of crude James Bond-type tasked with protecting a newborn baby from the maniacal Mr. Hertz (Giamatti). There's a ton of outrageous gun play and some crazy sex, all of which is very entertaining — especially for fans of Clive Owen. Special features include commentary by writer/director Michael Davis, extended and deleted scenes, and a substantial making-of feature that explores the special effects (including how the action sequences with the baby were made) and cast interviews, among others.

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Eastern Promises
Nominated for three Golden Globes — including Best Dramatic Picture — Eastern Promises is a thriller that stars Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen and was directed by David Cronenberg (History of Violence). Perhaps more of an identifying factor would be the movie's now-famous scene in which a nude Mortensen engages in a knife fight/wrestling match, kind of like the scene in Borat but actually serious. Mortensen plays a shady guy involved with one of London's most feared crime families. Watts is an innocent midwife who comes across dangerous evidence against the family and finds herself embroiled in a treacherous situation.

Special features on the DVD are grimly lacking. There are a few interviews with cast and crew, and a featurette exploring the importance of tattoos in mafia culture.

The Tudors: Season One
This lush, salacious Showtime series has finally come out on DVD so you can now relive (or see for the first time) the opulent lifestyle of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in his rebellious young adulthood. What with all the sex, war, wealth, betrayal, and triumph, this show is a treat for fans of historical fiction — or just fiction-fiction. Bonus items include featurettes on the show's costumes, locations, and production.

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