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New DVD Releases for December 1, Including Terminator Salvation, Paper Heart, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

Looking to add some new DVDs to your entertainment library? It's Tuesday which means there's a slew of movies hitting shelves, including these three releases.

Terminator Salvation

Christian Bale plays John Connor in this latest installment in the Terminator franchise. The film follows an ex-con turned robot (Sam Worthington) who meets up with Connor in the hopes of saving Connor's father (who is currently a teenager), and therefore the human race. Confusing? Yes. But strange time-traveling aside, my biggest complaint is that I miss the humor from the previous films. Still, it's a Netflix possibility thanks to some solid action sequences and Worthington's standout performance (not to mention he's nice to look at).

If you're a die-hard Terminator fan, you may consider the special three-disc Blu-Ray edition, which includes a Director's Cut and behind-the-scenes featurettes.



Two more DVD releases to check out when you


Paper Heart

Written by actress/comedian Charlyne Yi, the part documentary, part scripted Paper Heart trails Yi as she interviews a mix of scientists, kids, and even an Elvis impersonator in the hopes of finding out what love is. (And just why she hasn't found it.) Matters get complicated when she meets actor Michael Cera during the course of filming and the two start dating. While their adorable-but-awkward interactions and the puppet-like cartoon sequences may be a bit too cutesy for some, it's a solid pick if you like sugary rom-coms. (Yi even won a screenwriting award at Sundance for it).

Special features include a music video for "Heaven" which Cera and Yi co-wrote for the film.


Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

In this sequel to Night at the Museum, Ben Stiller returns as security guard Larry Daley. This time, he's trying to sneak into the Smithsonian to rescue Jedidiah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan) who were accidentally shipped there. The first Night at the Museum was fun — and you have Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart this time around — so I wouldn't mind sitting down to watch this with my little cousins during the holiday season. (Plus, I'm a sucker for Hank Azaria who puts on a goofy voice as Egyptian pharaoh Kamunrah.)

Bonus material includes an alternate ending and a gag reel, which should be especially entertaining given the cast of comics.


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