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New DVD Blu-Ray: ‘No,’ ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’


Moviefone’s Top DVD of the Week
What’s It About? When the citizens of Chili must vote on the future presidency of military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988, leaders of the NO vote recruit an advertising exec to help fuel their campaign. Pablo Larrain’s tense and comedic political drama features a subtle, yet inspiring performance from Gael Garcia Bernal.
Why We’re IN: Anything with Bernal is always memorable, but it is Larrain’s potent mix of humor and history that create a noteworthy film which satirizes the power of the media. “No” undoubtedly deserved it’s Oscars Best Foreign Film nod this year.

Moviefone’s Top Blu-ray of the Week
What’s It About? In The Beatles’ second feature film, featuring the music from their album of the same name, the band must save Ringo from a human sacrifice by an evil religious cult pursing his ring. The goofy adventure comedy is as ridiculous as it sounds.
Why We’re IN: First, it’s The Beatles being cooky and funny. Second, this digital restoration of the 1965 film has an hour of extra features, including a behind-the-scenes making-of, an outtake scene, original trailers and TV spots. and the Blu-ray booklet even features an appreciation from Martin Scorsese. This is a collector’s item for any Beatles fanatic.

New on DVD & Blu-ray
“The Call”
What’s It About? When 911 operator Jordan (Halle Berry) receives a call from an abducted girl (Abigail Breslin), she realizes she’s dealing with the same killer who attacked and killed a caller six months ago. This thriller may have its tense moments, but it only amounts to the slew of cliches you’d hope it would defy. “The Call” is one of those thrillers you rent at Red Box on a boring summer night when you’re desperate for a predictable scare.

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”
What’s It About? Vegas magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell as a second-rate Will Ferrell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) must fight to compete with the new magic favorite in town, stunt artist Steve Gray (a self-absorbed Jim Carrey). This sad failure of an attempted comedy has a few decent laughs, but in all leaves you wondering what was supposed to be so incredible.

What’s It About? Based on Nicholas Winding Refn’s (“Drive”) trilogy of the same name, Luis Prieto’s “Pusher” follows a drug dealer caught up with a crime lord after a deal gone wrong. This failed thriller is pure frills and no thrills. Stick to the originals where the real suspense and story lies.

Nicolas Winding Refn Talks About the Remake to “Pusher”
Pusher - DVD Clip No. 1
“A Place at the Table”
What’s It About? From the company and distributor that brought you “Food Inc.” is a new documentary that examines hunger and poverty in America. Through the stories of three people struggling to find the means to eat, as well as interview with Jeff Bridges and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, this doc reveals the chronic hunger problems our country is facing.
IN or OUT: IN.

What’s It About: Ed Harris plays the captain a Cold War Soviet submarine who is forced to lead a mission when a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) attempts to take control of his ship’s nuclear missile. No one’s heard of this mediocre submarine thriller and no one should.

“Upside Down”
What’s It About? A sort of sci-fi Romeo and Juliet, “Upside Down” follows couple Eden (Kirsten Dunst) and Adam (Jim Sturgess) separated by their polar opposite worlds: she lives on the wealthy planet above, while he is stuck in the poor planet below. While this outrageous story will dazzle you visually, it’ll also leave you frustrated for wasting 105 minutes on such terrible storytelling.

New to Blu-ray
“Shoah” Criterion Collection
What’s It About? Criterion Collection brings Claude Lanzmann’s classic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust to Blu-ray. Unlike other docs on the harrowing topic, “Shoah” features interviews and testimonies from survivors instead of archival footage or dramatic enactments. Although tough to watch, this documentary offers a different perspective on the events by solely spotlight the voice of the survivors.
IN or OUT: IN.

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