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. In addition to the titles below The Invasion and Rocket Science are available for your viewing pleasure.
If you missed FX's summertime legal drama Damages, it's worth viewing now on DVD if only for Glenn Close's performance as Patty Hewes. She's already won the Golden Globe and was nominated for a SAG award for her work on this dark show. It's definitely a treat to check out this stunning Glenn Close performance from the comfort of your own home.
Like Lost, the plot line has a lot of twists and turns, making it a hard one to just jump into mid-season. However, the finale ties everything together in an exciting way and easily sets up an awesome premise for the next season. Special features include a look behind the scenes, audio commentaries and the funny but potentially useful featurette "Understanding Class Action."
A couple more fun choices for you Netflix queue, so
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 6
For those of you who have fallen for the cranky, self-defeating charms of Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, the sixth season of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm will not disappoint. Even among some pretty surprising plot lines (Cheryl tires of Larry and announces she wants to leave him — actually, that's not a huge shock, she was totally a saint living with that guy, and it coincided with Larry David's real-life divorce) Larry and his cast of semi-real characters will get you laughing. The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the sixth season and my favorite special feature, the Gag Reel.
King of Kong
So, this is a documentary about playing Donkey Kong. To some of you that will sound really geeky, to others amazingly cool. But whether or not the old video game sets off happy nerd bells in your head, the movie is an entertaining look at a serious rivalry, a theme that's fun to watch no matter what the context. In this instance the challenger is Steve Wiebe, an average guy from Redmond, Washington who attempts to beat the cocky Billy Mitchell's long-standing Donkey Kong record.
It's a fun and strangely compelling dive into this world, especially when the film reveals how far someone like Mitchell will go to stay on top. The DVD includes several special features including a segment catching up with the main players post-production, and "The Stylings of Billy Mitchell" in which Billy's parents and friends talk about his tendency toward 80's clothing.