New on DVD & Blu-ray for the Week of 1/25/09

An Introduction

The election may be over but as far as DVDs and Blu-rays go-- this week we're really facing Super Tuesday.

Roll-call, please: first up, two of my favorite films of 2008 (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, In Bruges); a few of my choices for the most underrated movies of last year (RocknRolla, Pride and Glory); a Disney classic (Mary Poppins); one of the best all-time action series hitting Blu-ray (The Bourne Trilogy); the final season of one of America's best loved sitcoms (Cheers); two B-movies that contained some of my favorite scene-stealing performances of 2008 (Jason Sudeikis in The Rocker and Samuel L. Jackson in Lakeview Terrace); along with a tremendously compelling documentary (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired).

Simply put, it's an extremely tough call.

My first instinct would be to go with Vicky Cristina Barcelonaor In Bruges as they were both nearly forgotten in last week's Oscar announcements but instead, I feel I must call attention to another great Oscar robbery of 2007 that still boggles the mind...

Jen's Pick of the Week:

David Fincher's

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Due to the large number of releases this week, there will be additional DVD and Blu-ray reviews forthcoming of additional disc debuts including Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, The Lucky Ones, Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary, Pride and Glory (Blu-ray), Cheers: The Final Season, etc.

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