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New DVD Releases: August 4, 2009

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

These are the new DVD releases for August 4, 2009.

Obsessed

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Derek Charles (Idris Elba), a successful asset manager who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage to the beautiful Sharon (Beyonce Knowles). But when Lisa (Ali Larter), a temp worker, starts stalking Derek, all the things he’s worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

Cast: Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Christine Lahti, Bruce McGill, Scout Taylor-Compton, Ron Roggé; Directed By: Steve Shill

Special Features:

  • Playing Together Nicely
  • Girl Fight!
  • Obsessed: Dressed to Kill
  • Race to Witch Mountain

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    For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It’s called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver (Dwayne Johnson) finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can’t explain. They work together to discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, and the race begins.

    Cast: Carla Gugino, Annasophia Robb, Dwayne Johnson, Christine Lakin; Directed by: Andy Fickman

    Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray Is Suite!
  • Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go
  • BACKSTAGE DISNEY: Which Mountain? (Blu-ray
  • The Soloist

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    Columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can’t entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles’ Skid Row, he sees the mysterious bedraggled figure Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin.

    At first, Lopez approaches Ayers as just another story idea in a city of millions. But as he begins to unearth the mystery of how this alternately brilliant and distracted street musician, once a dynamic prodigy headed for fame, wound up living in tunnels and doorways, it sparks an unexpected quest. Imagining he can change Ayers’ life, Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get him off the streets and back to the world of music.

    But even as he fights to save Ayers’ life, he begins to see that it is Ayers—with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love—who is profoundly changing Lopez.

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Stephen Root; Directed by: Joe Wright

    Special Features:

  • Commentary by director Joe Wright
  • An Unlikely Friendship: Making The Soloist
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers + Mr. Lopez
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles

  • Movie Review: Race to Witch Mountain

    Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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    Hyped as a “modern-day re-imagining” of the novel by Alexander Key — which previously inspired “Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and its sequel “Return from Witch Mountain” (1978) — “Race” justifies its title by coming off as much more of a high-velocity action-adventure than its predecessors.

    Helmer Andy Fickman (who previously teamed with Johnson on 2007′s “The Game Plan”) puts the pedal to the metal in the opening moments, as U.S. military and intelligence types rush to secure the Nevada desert site where a UFO has apparently crash-landed. Right from the start, it’s established that Burke (Ciaran Hinds), a Homeland Security agent, isn’t there to roll out the welcome mat for “illegal aliens.”

    Meanwhile, off in nearby Las Vegas, ex-con cabbie Jack Bruno (Johnson) is trying to drive the straight and narrow path, despite efforts by mob goons to re-recruit him as a getaway driver. Fortuitously, Bruno picks up an attractive passenger, Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino), an astrophysicist who just happens to be in town to lecture at a UFO conference (which is amusingly attended by role-playing, wardrobe-wearing sci-fi geeks). Bruno gruffly dismisses the “nutjobs” who believe in visitations by otherworldly beings. This, of course, sets him up for some ironic enlightenment.

    The next day, Bruno picks up two other passengers who scour him free of skepticism. During a series of high-speed chases and hairbreadth escapes, Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) gradually reveal themselves as extraterrestrial visitors who fell to earth aboard the UFO, which was seized by Burke’s team and moved to a super-secret U.S. government installation hidden inside Witch Mountain.

    The two human-looking teens are equipped with all manner of shape-shifting, mind-reading and telekinetic abilities, but they need Bruno’s help to avoid capture by Burke and his heavily armed SWAT team — and to avoid assassination by a Terminator-style hunter from their home planet.

    “Race to Witch Mountain” strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces that would shame the makers of more allegedly grown-up genre fare. Fickman generously sprinkles witty wink-wink, nudge-nudge touches throughout, and the inevitable cameos by stars of the original “Witch Mountain” adventures, Kim Richards and Iake Eissinmann, are handled with sufficient finesse.

    Script by Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback is unabashedly contrived, but the writers are clever enough to kid that contrivance. It may look and sound like a relationship-building throwaway bit, but the scene in which Bruno and Dr. Friedman discuss the ever-so-convenient coincidences that brought them together is self-referentially hilarious.

    Johnson continues to flex his muscles as a charismatic screen presence, and here once again demonstrates his ego-free willingness to make himself the butt of jokes even as he does his derring-do.

    Robb and Ludwig credibly suggest otherworldly temperaments without being too stiff about it, and Gugino is appealing as a standard-issue brainy beauty. Garry Marshall is the standout among the supporting players as a bestselling, surprisingly well-connected extraterrestrial expert who’s greeted at the UFO convention as some kind of superstar (not unlike real-life author Whitley Strieber, who’s fleetingly glimpsed among the conventioneers).

    Special effects and other production values are first-class across the board, enabling auds to enjoy the pic as a serious sci-fi actioner as well as seriocomic family fare.

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    Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

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    Release date: Friday March 13, 2009
    Genre: Action/Adventure
    Director: Andy Fickman
    Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
    Screenplay: Matt Lopez, Mark Bomback, Andy Fickman
    Producer(s): Andrew Gunn
    Cast: Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott, Christopher Marquette, Cheech Marin, Garry Marshall
    Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures/racetowitchmountain
    Rating: PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements
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    Synopsis
    Walt Disney Pictures resurrects one of their time-honored franchises with “Race to Witch Mountain,” a family film that tells the story of two children (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig) with psychic abilities whose search for their origins gets them caught up in an adventure with a cab driver (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and a UFO specialist (Carla Gugino). The original 1975 picture Escape to Witch Mountain was followed by the sequel Return From Witch Mountain, as well as a 1995 made-for-TV remake.


     
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