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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.

Pan's Labyrinth
Not for the weak of stomach, Pan's Labyrinth is a mesmerizing, adventurous, grisly yet beautiful fantasy tale for adults. Set in 1944 Spain after the Spanish Civil War, the story follows young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), who goes to live with her new stepfather, the ruthlessly cruel Captain Vidal. In the nearby woods, Ofelia stumbles upon an other worldly realm where she meets fantastical creatures, like the Fauno (Pan) who informs her that she is actually a princess, and in order to return to her rightful royal family, she must complete certain tasks. Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro is masterful in his weaving together of a fantastical story and a grimly violent reality. For more details — including my thoughts on the film's remarkable sound production — check out my review. The 2-disc DVD includes plenty of special features, including featurettes on the myths of the film and production sketches.

Another good one if you

The Dead Girl
Also not for the faint of heart, The Dead Girl features a great cast including Toni Collette, James Franco and Giovanni Ribisi, and was both written and directed by Karen Moncreiff. The crime drama centers on the murder of a young woman and spins outward to tell the stories of several other characters. Each person's segment is like a well-crafted short story, with the film culminating in a story about "the dead girl" herself. Chilling and dark, The Dead Girl is a successful follow-up to Moncreiff's last project, Blue Car.

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woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
The Dead Girl looks interesting. And it has James Franco
katiejam katiejam 10 years
Definitly a renter - I'm getting it on Tuesday from Hastings.
Phil Phil 10 years
Loved Pan's Labyrinth! Looks like no one cares about The Fountain :( ...wasn't the best film, but it's worth seeing at least once.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
*I meant Pan's L.
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Pan's Labyrinth was amazing! Definitely a must see. The Dead Girl looks interesting too.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
(that comment was about pan's labyrinth, btw)
missnomi missnomi 10 years
this film is peculiar. Yes it's a winner, but the genre is odd: too gruesome for children, too childish for most adults. Having said that, I liked it though THE EYES!!!!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Oh GOOD! I have been WAITING for this to come out on DVD since I missed it in theatres, I know it's not all fun and pretty but I am really interested in seeing this film.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
I absolutely LOVED Pans Labrynth! I am definitely picking up a copy.
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