New on DVD for the Week of 8/17/08


I find I get an awful lot of phone calls from friends and relatives at the video store as they wander the aisles aimlessly trying to find something worth renting. While of course, I urge them to explore my DVD New Releases page which is filled with trailers and links, I thought I'd start adding a weekly update when new discs are served up that I've reviewed:

My pick for this week is the undeniably charming comedy, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams which is a much better female bonding film than the phony, agenda-driven and propagandist but artistically impressive The Life Before Her Eyes starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood, which also hits the shelves this week. However, there's another one that was just released that's sure to fly under the radar, especially for those without HBO (such as myself... who was lucky enough to see it in a "Free Preview Weekend"), namely the Kevin Spacey produced Recount ,which chronicles all the drama and craziness which ensued during and after the 2000 election. To explore the reviews, you can click on the titles in this paragraph or feel free to use the links below:

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

The Life Before Her Eyes