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What to Netflix: New DVDs This Week

DVD production stops for no holiday, it seems, as several new DVDs recently hit stores (and Netflix). As a kind of belated New DVD Tuesday, here are a few of the notable titles now available on DVD.

Shoot 'Em Up
This movie is fun and campy while also being extremely violent. The dreamy Clive Owen stars opposite the creepy Paul Giamatti as Mr. Smith, a kind of crude James Bond-type tasked with protecting a newborn baby from the maniacal Mr. Hertz (Giamatti). There's a ton of outrageous gun play and some crazy sex, all of which is very entertaining — especially for fans of Clive Owen. Special features include commentary by writer/director Michael Davis, extended and deleted scenes, and a substantial making-of feature that explores the special effects (including how the action sequences with the baby were made) and cast interviews, among others.

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Eastern Promises
Nominated for three Golden Globes — including Best Dramatic Picture — Eastern Promises is a thriller that stars Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen and was directed by David Cronenberg (History of Violence). Perhaps more of an identifying factor would be the movie's now-famous scene in which a nude Mortensen engages in a knife fight/wrestling match, kind of like the scene in Borat but actually serious. Mortensen plays a shady guy involved with one of London's most feared crime families. Watts is an innocent midwife who comes across dangerous evidence against the family and finds herself embroiled in a treacherous situation.

Special features on the DVD are grimly lacking. There are a few interviews with cast and crew, and a featurette exploring the importance of tattoos in mafia culture.

The Tudors: Season One
This lush, salacious Showtime series has finally come out on DVD so you can now relive (or see for the first time) the opulent lifestyle of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in his rebellious young adulthood. What with all the sex, war, wealth, betrayal, and triumph, this show is a treat for fans of historical fiction — or just fiction-fiction. Bonus items include featurettes on the show's costumes, locations, and production.

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socodivka socodivka 9 years
Eastern Promises is good. A friend of mine who hates gore said she closed her eyes through most of the bathhouse scene, but it's not bad. There's a few scenes here and there that were gross (a corpse), but not too much.
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 9 years
Just saw Shoot Em' Up last night, & we thought it was funny! It's supposed to be silly so that's something we enjoy. We also watched Stardust (LOVED THAT), Eastern Promises (I thought that was a great movie...creepy characters), Resident Evil (losing it's steam), & JUNO - WHAT A WONDERFUL MOVIE.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
Awwww dammit I want Netflix! I'd love to rent The Tudors.....:(
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i need to catch the last 2. i haven't yet seen tudors at all apart from a short preview - can't wait!
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Thanks Buzz! Onto the NetFlix list it goes. :)
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
blondie829 — I've seen Eastern Promises and I highly recommend it. It is quite violent in certain parts, but the violence isn't the focus of the story, and it isn't too gory or graphic. It's more nerve-racking than anything else. Like a good thriller should be, I think! :)
AmyDanielle AmyDanielle 9 years
Shoot 'Em Up is HORRIBLE!!!!!! Don't waist you time with this one. My boyfriend and I ordered it off our cable for $6!!!! We watched the first 15 minutes, and turned it off. You would think that a movie, with an amazing cast like this would be good, but not in this case. I can typically sit through a bad movie, but this one was beyond watchable!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Looking forward to renting Eastern Promises. Thanks for the reminder about its availability, Buzz!
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Did anyone see Eastern Promises? I'm not a fan of super violent movies, but this one looks interesting... any recommendations or cautions??
alillee alillee 9 years
I HAVE to see this! I'm in *love* with Clive Owen!
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