Susan Granger's weekly DVD update
Published 4:03 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2, Ultimate Edition" is filled with more than six hours of special features and collectibles, including a 48-page photo booklet containing rare cast/crew photos, concluding J.K. Rowling's popular cinematic franchise.
Boasting a supporting cast that includes Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow, Todd Solondz's "Dark Horse" revolves around a pathetic 36-year-old under-achiever (Jordan Gelber) who falls for a profoundly depressed woman (Selma Blair) and proposes on their first date.
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Narrated by Werner Herzog, "Dinotasia" blends classic visual storytelling with CGI dinosaurs in an anthology of prehistoric tales, randomly recalling bizarre, graphic novel-style film vignettes.
In Bryan Malone's documentary "Celebrity Trials in the Media," the Kobe Bryant rape trial and Michael Jackson's child molestation trial are examined in regard to ethical dilemmas in the big business of news coverage.
"Paradise Lost Trilogy" is the true story of the most notorious murder case in Arkansas history, including intimate portraits of grief-stricken families in this strange, uniquely American drama.
Insofar as foreign films -- Class privilege and sexual politics are inextricably linked in "Trishna," Michael Winterbottom's loosely-updated version of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" in English, Hindi and Marwari, with English subtitles. In Japanese with English subtitles, the charming "I Wish" finds pre-teen brothers' trying to connect their family after a divorce.
Those meddling kids and their lovable dog are back in "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Season 2, Part 1." And for preschoolers, there's "Fireman Sam: Holiday Heroes" and "Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas."
PICKS OF THE WEEK: For family viewing, Disney/Pixar's sweet, spirited "Brave" introduces a spunky teenage princess named Merida in medieval Scotland. For adult viewing, the socially relevant documentary "The Queen of Versailles" reveals the financial challenges of an extravagant billionaire family in Florida in the wake of the economic crisis.