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Final Take: December DVD Releases

12/7/2010

Inception
Suggested Retail $28.98 DVD/ $35.99 Blu-ray
Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” the year’s surprise box office hit, stars preeminent Leonardo DiCaprio and sidekick Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an astonishing film that dumbfounds your mind. If you haven’t already seen it, acquire this movie. You won’t bemoan the decision. NOTE: A special edition case exists but is sold out unless you want to cough up $100-$200.

“Shrek Forever After”

Suggested Retail $30.98 DVD/ $38.99 Blu-ray/$39.99 Blu-ray and DVD combo
The final Shrek movie materializes for home entertainment. Team up with Shrek (Mike Myers) and the troupe (Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas) to observe the ogre deal with “normal” life as a family man. After signing an agreement with Rumpelstiltskin, Shrek suddenly plunges into an alternative reality and must restore all wrongs before he can return to the real world.

12/14/2010

“Despicable Me”
Suggested Retail $29.98 DVD/ $39.98 Blu-ray and DVD combo
Supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) plans to steal the moon, but parenthood blocks his scheme. What develops when the world’s #1 villain discovers he is now the father of three children? The cast also includes (the voices of) Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Will Arnett.

“The Other Guys”
Suggested Retail $29.98 DVD (available in unrated and theatrical versions)/ $34.95 Blu-ray/$38.96 Blu-ray and DVD combo
Eccentric NYPD detectives Gamble and Hoitz (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) receive no respect and reside in the shadows of two hard-boiled, hero cops (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson). The dimwitted duo stumble upon a colossal crime, but will anyone view them seriously?

“The A-Team”
Suggested Retail: $29.98 DVD/ $39.99 Blu-ray
This updated version of the classic 1980s TV show depicts four former Special Forces’ soldiers breaking out of prison after being wrongly convicted of crimes. The team (which includes Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper) must tackle an unimaginable, dangerous mission in this explosive, fiery and volatile film.

“Cyrus”
Suggested Retail: $29.98 DVD/$39.99 Blu-Ray
A downcast divorcee (John C. Reilly) meets an amazing woman (Marisa Tomei), but soon discovers there’s already a meaningful man in her life- her son (Jonah Hill). The Duplass Brothers created another mesmerizing film that is propelled by Reilly and Hill’s acting abilities.

12/17/2010

“The Town”
Suggested Retail: $28.98 DVD/ $35.99 Blu-ray
Ben Affleck’s dynamic bank-robbing caper prevails as one of the year’s ten best films as he stars alongside  Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm. When a robber falls in love with a woman during a bank robbery, can love overcome outrageous odds or will the past eternally haunt them? A dignified drama filled with distinguished acting make this a must-see.

12/21/2010

Salt
Suggested Retail: $28.96 DVD (Unrated and Theatrical versions)/$34.99 Blu-Ray
Angelina Jolie stars as CIA agent Evelyn Salt, who may or may not double as a Russian spy. Liev Shreiber co-stars in this action joyride of clashes and conflicts.

“Easy A”
Suggested Retail: $28.95 DVD/$34.99 Blu-Ray
Could one insignificant lie really damage your reputation? Emma Stone stars as Olive an average student, who swells from nonentity to somebody amidst promiscuity rumors on campus.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
Suggested Retail: $29.98 DVD/$39.99 Blu-Ray
Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, recently released from prison, who wants to repair his relationship with daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan). However, her fiancé Jake (Shia LaBeouf) seems more interested in building a bond with Gekko in this stellar sequel of unprincipled Wall Street in the 21st Century.

“Step Up 3”
Suggested Retail: $29.98 DVD/$39.99 Blu-Ray and DVD Combo
Once more, the dancing underground collars the forefront. If two sequels weren’t sufficient, hopefully this chapter will satisfy and conclude this trilogy. New York street dancers team up with a NYU freshman to take on the foremost hip hop dancers. If you savor these formulaic films, this is up your alley.

12/28/2010

“Resident Evil: Afterlife”
Suggested Retail: $28.95 DVD/$34.95 Blu-Ray
Alice (Milla Jokovich) and Claire (Ali Larter) are back fighting the undead in the Umbrella Corporation’s epidemic. Amid rumors of safety in Los Angeles, will the promise land transform into a trap? Although considerably criticized, the films are filled with blood curdling action and awesome action sequences.

“The American”
Suggested Retail: $29.98 DVD/$39.98 Blu-Ray
George Clooney stars as assassin Jack, who retreats to the Italian countryside after a botched assignment. After a fling, all may not be as it appears in this European suspense thriller.

“Archer: The Complete Season One”
Suggested Retail: $29.98 DVD
Suave secret agent Sterling Archer, a James Bond spoof, blunders and flounders with women and sex. This hilarious animated comedy is non-stop laughter and surfaces as one of the funniest shows on TV.  Archer clashes with his overbearing boss/mother, grapples with his endowed femme fatale ex-girlfriend/fellow agent and skirmishes with bachelorhood. “Archer” materializes as one of the top ten best new TV shows this year.

“The United States of Tara: The Second Season”
Suggested Retail: $42.99 DVD
Tara (Toni Collette) is your average homemaker except she also appears as a middle aged man (Buck), a teenage girl (T), a 1950s housewife (Alice) and that’s just for starts. Struggling with split personalities, Tara triumphs and discovers the root of her problems through her loving and supporting family. This Emmy-winning show is one TVs first-rate shows and hovers as a hilarious fun-filled sitcom. Catch up on all the fun.

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