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New DVD Releases For March 30 Include An Education, Sherlock Holmes, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

What to Rent: New DVD Tuesday

An Education

Despite its high profile as an Oscar nominee, An Education was one of the year's most understated dramas. Carey Mulligan stars as Jenny in her breakout role of a 1960s student who tastes a life of sophistication when she's seduced by an older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard.

This captivating, coming-of-age movie was one of my favorites last year, and I plan on renting (OK, buying) this movie now that it's available on DVD. The extras include a commentary track from director Lone Scherfig, Mulligan, and Sarsgaard, eleven deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and the original trailer.


Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. exudes many charms as the title character in Guy Ritchie's slick retelling of Sherlock Holmes. RDJ, who won a Golden Globe for the part, is hot, ripped, and it's not necessarily costar Rachel McAdams he has the most chemistry with — it's his sidekick Watson, played by Jude Law. The bromance was my favorite thing about the movie, but it's also packed to the brim with action, making it a highly entertaining rental. The lone extra is a making-of clip titled "Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented."



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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

The musically-inclined CGI rodents star in their own sequel, I mean squeakquel, and this time they have more than just Jason Lee as live-action support — Chuck cutie Zachary Levi also stars. Of course, there's no upstaging Alvin, Simon, and Theodore (voiced by the likes of Justin Long and Amy Poehler) in this kid-friendly flick — just this weekend it won favorite movie at the Kids' Choice Awards. The extras are many, including a collection of the musical moments, a clip of the history of the group and interviews with the creators, as well as a VH1-like spoof on the Chipmunks group.


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