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This week’s releases include: a stoner holiday special; a case of mistaken identity; a family from hell; a real-life terrorist hi-jacking; a classic K-9 love story; an ill-fated relationship; a space parody; a philosophical debate; and a severe cop drama. (more…)

This week’s releases include: the true story of world famous fraud and corruption; the tale of a young woman’s search for love and freedom; a documentary about the impact of a miracle; and a thriller about the ultimate intrusion. (more…)

Cats & Dogs (Blu-ray)
They’re cunning; they’re stealthy; they’re waging a top-secret, ultra-high-tech struggle for global domination right under our noses. They’re Cats & Dogs! This is an epic “tail” of what happens when an eccentric professor (Jeff Goldblum) makes a discovery that could tip the age-old balance of pet power. Now an inexperienced young beagle pup (voiced by Tobey Maguire) will undertake the ultimate mission impossible: saving humankind from total catastrophe! Voices of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jon Lovitz, Charlton Heston and Sean Hayes are also featured.

Special features include: commentary by director Lawrence Guterman, producer Chris DeFaria and production designer James Bissell; “HBO First Look: The making of Cats & Dogs”; “Teaching a New Dog New Tricks”; Mr. Tinkles’ audition tape; “Dogs Rule”; Mr. Tinkles’ speech; storyboard comparisons; and concept sketches. (Warner Home Video)

Cop Out (Blu-ray & DVD combo pack)
Action star Bruce Willis and comic Tracy Morgan play bickering-but-got-your-back Brooklyn buddy cops. Kevin Smith directs the gritty, goofball goings-on as the guys hunt for a stolen 1952 mint-condition baseball card, which plunges them into a gun slinging war with a deadly drug ring.

Special features include: maximum movie mode with Smith and Sean William Scott; extended scenes and outtakes; picture-in-picture moments with Smith and Scott; walk-ons by Smith; “Wisdom from the S*** Bandit”; “Factoids about the movie and other information you may find helpful… or totally useless” and digital copy. (Warner Home Video)

The Losers (Blu-ray & DVD combo pack)
In an explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centres around an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search-and-destroy mission. But the team – Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and Óscar Jaenada respectively) – soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross instigated by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Making good use of the fact they’re now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score.

Special features include: “Band of Buddies: Ops Training,” shows intensive training sessions with military advisor and ex-Navy Seal Harry Humphries, a close-up look at intense action sequences and transforming Puerto Rico to stand in for various global locations; “The Losers: action-style storytelling,” comic writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock discuss how they developed the original comic series; deleted scenes; and “Zoë and The Losers,” talks about how Zoë Saldana held her own and relished mixing with the adrenaline-junkie male cast. (Warner Home Video)

Spawned after the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural took demon hunting to a more practical place.

Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) grew up hunting terrifying things, but he’s put that behind him to attend law school and live a more conventional life. When Sam’s estranged brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) appears with news their father has disappeared, the brothers reunite to find their father as well as pick-up where he left off – the family business. (more…)

Watchmen is not your average superhero movie. Most of the justice seekers don’t have superhuman powers and a couple of them shouldn’t even be allowed to carry a weapon.

The film is based on Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic novel, which takes place in a gritty and alternate 1985. The glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but one of the masked veterans is inexplicably targeted and brutally murdered. An investigation into the killer is initiated by the washed up, but no less determined, masked vigilante Rorschach who sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot.

The motion picture retelling of this tale is fairly true to the book. It’s well casted and appears to have used the original source to storyboard the movie (though Moore did not approve of the production). In an attempt to truly mirror the graphic novel, the director’s cut included here intertwines Tales of the Black Freighter into the overall narrative.

This “Ultimate Cut” is definitely the must-have edition of the movie as it contains all released supplementary material as well as new bonus features.

The four-disc set includes: commentary with director Zack Snyder; another commentary with graphic novel co-creator and illustrator Dave Gibbons; Under the Hood, a mockumentary based on Hollis Mason’s biography; “Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen,” how Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood expand the world of Watchmen; “Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes,” explores the psychology behind real world vigilantes; “The Phenomenon: The Comic the Changed Comics”; “Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World”; all 11 Watchmen video journals; My Chemical Romances’ “Desolation Row” music video; The Complete Motion Comic (12 episodes); and a digital copy of the theatrical feature.

It was not long ago a foreign film called 13 Tzameti about an underground gambling ring involving Russian roulette made a lasting impression on indie movie fans. Live! has taken this concept and put it under the spotlight of international television.

Katy (Eva Mendes) is a TV programming executive seeking the next big thing that will permanently engrave her name in history. When an associate jokes about broadcasting a live game of Russian roulette, Katy latches on and goes to great lengths to make her morbid vision a reality. The process from conception to realization is captured by a documentary crew (David Krumholtz) that becomes gradually less impartial.

There have been numerous films that centre on reality TV gone amok. Live! is just another to add to the list and it’s not going to land near the top. Katy is in no way a redeemable or realistic character. She is beyond ruthless and uncaring, which makes her annoying and a distraction from the very obvious point attempting to be made. While Mendes can be over the top at times, the blame cannot lie solely in her lap.

Another issue is with the film’s length; or rather the lack of relevant content filling the time. Endless scenes of Katy’s calculating become tiresome and repetitive. It could have had far more of an impact as a short; especially because the most captivating section of the film is the actual broadcast. The extensive lead up could have been shorter and stronger.

There are no DVD special features, which was surprising considering the subject matter.