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This week’s releases include: a courtroom period drama; a spy thriller in two different eras; another bachelor party gone wrong; a true story of fantasy and murder; a playful tale with penguins; a look at famous hockey feuds; a consequence of ‘the wrong place, the wrong time’; an adaptation of a childhood classic; a trilogy about a young woman who takes matters into her own hands; and an historical re-enactment.  (more…)

Glee has taken television audiences by storm. With two soundtracks featuring music performed by the cast and a growing number of awards under their belt, the untraditional concept is paying off more than anyone could have dreamed.

William McKinley High School once had a champion glee club, but now the school is ruled by an uncaring gym teacher (Jane Lynch) and her cheerleaders. Seeing an opportunity for a return to glory, Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) revives the glee club and vows to transform the rag-tag group of outcasts and popular athletes into champion singers and dancers.

Though they try to infuse the show with all kinds of teen drama, like pregnancy, unrequited love and homosexuality, the storyline’s main purpose still appears to be to get from one musical number to the next. The events are not new, but the writers and actors portraying the characters have managed to create unique, and more importantly interesting, personalities. Each kid can still be categorized by a stereotype, but they make it work.

The group’s covers of such an array of music are the real heart of the show. What makes it work is the real vocal talent of the cast. They have yet to truly ruin a song through their rendition (and hopefully will continue to refrain from doing so). It’s also refreshing that they do not restrict their choices to current music or just one genre. The accompanying dance sequences are usually pretty simple, but they’re not supposed to be professionals – they’re high school students.

The special features are on the fourth disc and include: “Welcome to McKinley!”, a tour by principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba); a music video; Rachel’s and Mercedes’ full-length audition pieces; the show’s casting session presented by Fox Movie Channel; “Deconstructing Glee with [creator] Ryan Murphy”; “Dance Boot Camp”; two short features about Lynch; video diaries from various cast members; and “Things you Didn’t Know About” Jayma Mays (Emma), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Chris Colfer (Kurt).

Most of us have seen the Die Hard-like movies in which an ordinary cop finds himself in a dangerous situation requiring extraordinary heroism. But what if the expected hero is an overweight mall security guard?

Paul Blart (Kevin James) has failed all attempts to join the city’s police force because he has hypoglycemia, which causes him to pass out at any given time. So instead he’s settled for a job as a mall cop, which he takes very seriously. He’s also a very committed single father but his daughter is ready to share him with another woman. Coincidentally, Amy (Jayma Mays) has just started working at the mall. After sabotaging several attempts to get to know her better, Paul gets his chance – she’s taken hostage during a robbery and he’s going to rescue her. The thieves, who have taken their names from Santa’s reindeer, are skilfully travelling through the mall to steal debit card numbers.

Mall Cop is somewhat of a situational comedy in which all the things you’d expect to happen do; this combined with the trailer did not leave a lot to discover. Most of the non-physical comedy is related to Paul’s weight but avoids being cruel. Additionally, Paul forms a strange relationship over a bedazzled pink cell phone with Pahud (Adhir Kalyan), a young woman’s heartbroken boyfriend. In the end, everything works out for the “average Joe.”

Filmmakers make an interesting attempt to distinguish its film from others by using action sport athletes as the robbers. Skateboarders, BMX riders and free runners perform various tricks while implementing their plan and trying to dispose of Paul. This addition makes for an entertaining aspect of the story.

The special features include audio commentary by James, who also co-wrote the narrative, and producer Todd Garner, which plays like a conversation between the two. There are 10 deleted scenes, including a little boy Paul makes uncomfortable when he won’t hug him, a couple more fun exchanges with Pahud, and an explanation of roles in the robbery by Veck (Keir O’Donnell). In addition, there are 10 featurettes that run approximately five minutes each; most of these are about the X-gamers and free runners, including a few videos shot by BMX-er Mike Escamilla. The BD Live feature is CineChat, in which people can talk on-screen with each other during the movie via a messenger-like chat program.