Susan Granger's weekly DVD update
Published 2:09 pm, Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Boaz Yakin's action/crime-thriller "Safe" incorporates so many elements of Jason Statham's "Transporter" franchise that it's hard to tell them apart -- but, this time, a precocious 12-year-old math prodigy is abducted from Beijing and forced to work for New York's Chinese Triads.
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Adapting Rachel Klein's young adult novel, "The Moth Diaries," Mary Harron directs this chilling Gothic story of 16-year-old Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) who's haunted by her father's recent suicide and records her most intimate thoughts in a diary at a creepy girls' prep school.
In "The Highest Pass," Adam Schomer meets a guru Anand Mehrotra and they take a motorcycle expedition on the highest passes of the Himalayas in Northern India; over 21 days and up to an elevation of 18,000 feet, they delve into their deeper selves.
"Touchback" is a family-friendly, inspirational sports drama, exploring a unique opportunity for a second chance to live the life you've always wanted, and "Ballplayer: Pelotero" is a documentary about Major League Baseball training camps in the Dominican Republic.
In Spanish with English subtitles, "Penumbra" is a supernatural shocker from Argentina's new horror hit-makers, the Garcia Bogliano brothers.
PICKS OF THE WEEK: Lee Hirsch's controversial documentary "Bully" tackles our national bullying epidemic, personalizing a problem that goes beyond racial, ethnic, sexual and socio-economic realms. Using a case-study format, it focuses on five victims relating their poignant stories. Recommended for pre-teens, teens and their parents, perhaps opening a dialogue among family members. And "Harry Potter Wizard's Collection" is a 31-disc set, including all eight movies in Blu-ray, DVD and UltaViolet -- with nearly four hours of bonus features.