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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.

The Dreamgirls DVD features about a million extra things, including but not limited to: 12 extended and alternate scenes, the music video for Beyonce's "Listen" along with Beyonce's screen test for the film, a feature-length making-of documentary, Anika Noni Rose's audition, and "Steppin’ To The Bad Side" – the choreography audition. The film itself follows a trio of friends who hit it big as a girl group and then experience the highs and lows of fame and fortune. You may have heard that Jennifer Hudson won this year's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Yet the tables may turn at the MTV Movie Awards, as she and Beyonce vie for Best Performance. I thought this movie was pretty good, though I maintain that Eddie Murphy gives the most amazing performance of all.

Two more great DVDs, so

Little Children
Adapted from Tom Perotta's absorbing novel, Little Children tells a tale of suburban woe. Kate Winslet turns in a wonderfully nuanced performance as Sarah, a stay-at-home mother who finds herself bored with the other moms and often annoyed by motherhood itself. When she meets stay-at-home dad Brad, however, life gets a little rosier. The two form a friendship which soon turns into something deeper. Meanwhile, a disturbed man with pedophilic tendencies invokes the fear and ire of the townspeople. The direction is impressive, lending a hazy summertime feeling to issues that dive into very dark places. This is a rare time when I don't know which to recommend more: the novel or the film.

Alpha Dog
When Alpha Dog first came out, Justin Timberlake shocked many (myself included) by earning major kudos for his performance in this disturbing film. Based on a true story, Alpha Dog follows Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), a drug dealer in a privileged L.A. suburb who becomes one of the youngest men to ever be on the FBI's most-wanted list. He and his friends imitate what they believe to be the glamorous gangster lifestyle, and when Johnny's competitor Jake Marzursky (Ben Foster) cheats him out of a chunk of money, Johnny kidnaps Jake's younger brother, Zack (Anton Yelchin). A total of 38 people witness the three days during which Zack is Truelove's prisoner, but no one thinks to break up the party and notify the police — until it's way too late.

SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 10 years
Dreamgirls was awesome! Eddie Murphy gave a great performance and Hudson will give you chills!
poptart124 poptart124 10 years
I saw Alpha Dog, Justin's performance was fantastic. I have yet to see Little Children and Dreamgirls. Can't wait to watch both.
ktjones ktjones 10 years
Already on my Netflix list!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Looking forward to seeing Little Children since I missed it in the theaters. Kate Winslet is a favorite.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Ive seen Alpha Dog and Little Children (which i LOVE!), but still have yet to see Dream Girls... I hope its as good as I expect it to be.
Hera119 Hera119 10 years
the first never into music moives
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I was really surprised by Justin Timberlake's performance too, he was actually quite good. And, I agree with you about Eddie Murphy, he gave a great performance.
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