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It is a real fright fest this week, with four of this week’s new releases being horror films and another four re-releases wanting to deliver scares. But if horror is not your genre there are family films, historical dramas, crime movies and sci-fi offerings to cater for any taste.

First Release
A Nightmare on Elm Street (DVD and Blu-ray)
The Karate Kid (DVD and Blu-ray)
Splice (DVD and Blu-ray)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (DVD and Blu-ray
The Secret of Kells (DVD and Blu-ray)
Agora (DVD)

Re-Release
Grindhouse (Blu-ray)
Beauty and the Beast (Blu-ray)
RoboCop Trilogy (Blu-ray)
The Exorcist (Blu-ray)
 The Last of the Mohicans (Blu-ray)
Mad Max (Blu-ray)
The Mission (Blu-ray)
The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)
The Treasure of the Sierra (Blu-ray)
Hard Candy (Blu-ray)
Bad Lieutenant (Blu-ray)
The Blair Witch Project (Blu-ray)
Secretary (Blu-ray)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company has raided many horror movies from the ’70s and ’80s for film ideas. Having remade The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and Friday 13th, Bay has produced a remake of the Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. The music video director for bands including Nirvana and Green Day, Samuel Bayer, directs his feature debut and Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, Watchmen) stars as Freddy Kruger. The young members of the cast include Rooney Mara (The Social Network), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Katie Cassidy (Taken).

It follows the same storyline as the original film in which Kruger terrorizes a group of five teenagers, killing them off one by one in their dreams and forcing them to stay awake.

Critics Ratings (Rotten Tomatoes): 13% (awful)
Player Affinity Score: 6.1/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: 

Freddy Krueger Reborn: Dare to Witness How This Stylish Reinvention of a Classic Pays Homage to the Original and Also Gives Fans a Wicked New Scare!

Additional Blu-ray Features: Cutting Alternate Opening; Alternate Ending

Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 2.5 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 4 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 3 stars (out of 5). Rent it.

The Karate Kid (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
The original The Karate Kid is held in high regard to people who have grown up in the eighties. When it was announced that it was going to be remade there was a collective groan and it got worse: it was going to be produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith so their son Jaden could star it in. It also had Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks, The Pink Panther 2) directed, hardly a good sign. But you know what — it was surprisingly decent and did well at the box office.

Dre Parker (Smith) is a 12-year-old boy who moves from Detroit to Beijing with his mom (Henson). When he arrives he is bullied by a group of local kids who know kung fu. He is protected by the apartment handyman Mr. Han (Chan), who agrees to train the boy up so he can fight in a kung-fu tournament.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 67% (good)
Player Affinity Score: 6.5/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Chinese lessons; Justin Bieber music video featuring Jaden Smith; The making of the Karate Kid

Additional Blu-ray Features: ON LOCATION: The Karate Kid Interactive Map of China; Alternate Ending; Play All Hosted by Jackie Chan; Production Diaries Hosted by Jackie Chan!; Music Video: ; Just for Kicks: movieIQ+sync(TM); PS3 Wallpaper Theme

Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray), $22.99 (Blu-ray/DVD combo)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 2 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 4.5 stars, Extras 2.5 stars, Replay 0 stars (out of 5). Rent it.

Splice (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
When Splice was noticed at the Sundance Film Festival it quickly gained momentum and a wide release in many nations. Mexican film genius Guillermo del Toro acts as a producer, with Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher) credited as the director and co-writer. Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead (2004)) and Delphine Chaneac (The Pink Panther) all star in the film.

Brody and Polley play genetic engineers Clive and Elsa, who specialize in genetically manufactured hybrids. When their funding is cut the scientists are driven underground. They make their new intelligence creature, named Dren, and raise her as a daughter. But their wildest dream becomes their worst nightmare.

Criitcs Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 74% (good)
Player Affinity Score: 6.7/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: A Director’s Playground: Vicenzo Natali on the Set of Splice

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) marketed itself on its controversy, claiming to be both 100 percent medically actuate and the most disguising horror film ever made. Dutch writer/director Tom Six created this film after joking with his friends and claims his sister and producer Ilona should have punched him when she read the script. A cast of unknowns star in this film.

When travelling in Europe, American tourists Lindsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) are stuck in a forest when their car breaks down. After going to a house in the middle of the forest they are captured and held prisoner by Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser). With another prisoner, Katsuro (Akihiro Kitamura), the mad doctor plans to a make a creature with a single digestive system. Needless to say, it is not a willing procedure for the participants.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 48% (average)
Player Affinity Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Trailer ; Deleted scene; Behind the scenes; Director interview; Casting tapes; Foley session; Alternate posters; Director commentary

Amazon Price: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 1 stars, Video 2 stars, Audio 3 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 0 stars (out of 5). Skip It.

The Secret of Kells (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
2009 was a great year for animated films with entries such as Up, Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. The Irish film The Secret of Kells was also nominated for that award and it has been a critical darling. Directed by first-timers Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, The Secret of Kells stars the voice talents of Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Mick Lally (Alexander) and Evan McGuire.

The abbey of Kells is under siege by the Vikings. Brendan (Evan McGuire), who lives in the abbey, is taken on an adventure by a mysterious foreign creature, but the young boy has to overcome his fears.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 92% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: N/A

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Notes from the Master Illuminators: Audio Commentary with the Director, Co-Director and Art Director; Voices of Ireland: Voice Recording Sessions with Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney and Mick Lally; Director’s Presentation of Pre-Production Sketches and Inspirational Images; Pencil To Picture; Early Concept Trailer; Aisling at the Oscars*; Theatrical Trailer

Amazon Price: $21.49 (DVD), $34.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

Agora (DVD)

What’s the Deal?
The Spanish director of The Others, Alejandro Amenabar, has returned to filmmaking after a five year break with a biopic about Hypatia, the female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer from the 4th Century. Rachel Weisz plays the central character with Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood).

Anicient Egypt is in the middle of turmoil with Christian fundamentalism on the rise. In the school in Alexandria, Hypatia tries to keep a balance and prevent the conflict from spilling into her work. Her slave Davus (Minghella) is torn between his love for Hypatia and desire for the freedom Christianity offers.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 54% (average)
Player Affinity Score: N/A

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Amazon Price: $15.99 (DVD)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

Re-Releases
Grindhouse (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Back in 2007, writer-directors and best buds, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, released their homage to Grindhouse cinema and exploitation B-movies. The two celebrated filmmakers made the films Death Proof and Planet Terror. The cast in both films is impressive, including Rose McGowen, Michael Biehn, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directors including Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) and Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) made fake trailers for the film, with Robert Rodriguez’s trailer Machete becoming a feature length film. 

Death Proof
tells how stunt-driver Stuntman Mike (Russell) targets attractive young women and uses his car to kill them. Planet Terror is a zombie tale when the American military accidentally release a virus in a small Texas town and how the civilians survive, lead by El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez). Both films how clever injokes between both films and the genre they are honouring.

Because Grindhouse flopped in America both films were extended and released separately in foreign markets, but make their way back onto the same Blu-ray today.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 82% (good)
Player Affinity Score: 7.7/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Disc One: Planet Terror – Intermission Cards; Werewolf Women of The S.S. Trailer; Don’t Trailer; Thanksgiving Trailer; ; Death Proof – Planet Terror Commentary by Writer/Director Robert Rodriguez; Planet Terror Audience Reaction Track; Thanksgiving Trailer Commentary by Director Eli Roth and Co-Writer/Actor Jeff Rendell; ; Disc Two – All New Bonus Features: Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School; The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror; The Hot Rods of Death Proof; The Production Design of Death Proof; The Making Of The Trailers

Amazon Price: $22.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 5 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 3 stars, Extras 5 stars, Replay 5 stars (out of 5). DVD Talk Collector Series.

Beauty and the Beast (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
The years from 1989 to 1994 were a golden period for Disney with the releases of films such as The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Beauty and the Beast came in the middle of this period. Combining both traditional animation techniques and revolutionary CGI, Disney’s adaptation of La Belle et al Bete is a beloved classic. Linda Walkerton (The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland) has the main writing credit and Disney veterans Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise direct the film. 

Belle (O’Hara) is a beautiful but bookish young woman who takes the place of her outcasted father to live with the Beast (Benson), a creature with a heart too hard to love. Under Belle’s tutelage, she teaches the Beast that he can feel love. Beauty of the Beast was the first ever animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 93% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 9.5/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Blu-ray:; Composing a Classic; Broadway Beginnings; All-new music video; Never-before-seen alternate opening; Never-before-seen deleted scene; Disney sing along mode; Audio commentary; Beyond Beauty – the untold stories; Enchanted Musical Challenge game; Bonjour, Who Is? game; Classic dvd bonus features; DVD:; Disney sing along mode; Audio commentary

Amazon Price: £24.99 (Thee-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

Robocop Trilogy (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
When Robocop was first released it was a commercial and critical hit, joining the likes of Blade Runner, Alien and Predator as an example of great sci-fi from the late ’70s to the end of the ’80s. The first film was so successful that it lead to the creation of two sequels, an animated series and two live-action series. Now the trilogy is getting a Blu-ray release.

Peter Weller and Robert John Burke play the law-enforcement cyborg, with Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall), Irvin Kershner (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and Fred Dekker directing a film each, as Robocop brings law and order to the dystopic future of Detroit. Although the first film is loved, the second two were critically derided (particularly Robocop 3), and drove Frank Miller away from the Movie Industry for 11 years.

Robocop
Critic Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 88% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 8.0/10

Robocop 2
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 35% (bad)
Player Affinity Score: 5.0/10

Robocop 3
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 4% (awful)
Player Affinity Score: 3.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Amazon Price: $36.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Exorcist (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
The Exorcist is recognized as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, the Blu-ray re-release is giving us both the original and director’s cuts. William Friedkin (The French Connection) directs William Peter Blatty’s adaptation of his own novel. Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Jason Miller and Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal) star in this religious-based horror film.

Regan MacNeil (Blair) is a sweet-natured 12-year-old girl, but when her behavior dramatically changes and she performs strange psychical feats, it is clear something is wrong. When the child is claimed to be possessed by the devil, Regan’s desperate mother, Chris (Burstyn), turns to a psychiatrist/priest, Father Damien Karras (Miller), to perform an exorcism.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 84% (very good)
Player Affinity Score: 9.2/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Disc 1:; Commentary by William Friedkin ; Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist — set footage produced and photographed by Owen Roizman, camera and makeup tests, and interviews with director William Friedkin, actress Linda Blair, author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty and Owen Roizman. BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE; The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now — Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot. BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE; Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist — with director William Friedkin and author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film. BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE; Trailers:; The Version You’ve Never Seen; Our Deepest Fears ; TV Spots:; Most Electrifying; Scariest Ever; Returns; Radio Spots:; The Devil Himself; Our Deepest Fears; ; Disc 2:; ” Introduction by William Friedkin ; ” Commentary by William Friedkin; ” Commentary by William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests ; The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist [1998 BBC documentary]; ” Additional Interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty; o The Original Cut; o Stairway to Heaven; The Final Reckoning:; Original Ending; Sketches & Storyboards; Trailers & TV Spots from the 1973 version; Trailers:; Nobody Expected It; Beyond Comprehension; Flash Image; TV Spots:; Beyond Comprehension; You Too Can See The Exorcist; Between Science & Superstition; The Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

Amazon Price: $23.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Last of the Mohicans (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans was considered a unfilmable book. That did not stop Michael Mann from making an adaptation, influenced by the original film from 1936. Daniel Day-Lewis leads this romantic epic supported by Madeleine Stowe (Twelve Monkeys), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow), Wes Studi (Avatar) and Jodhi May (Defiance).

Set at the height of the Seven-Years War, Britain and France are battling each other in North America. Hawkeye (Day-Lewis) is a white man raised by the Mohican tribe and allied with the British. But when Hawkeye saves Cora Munro (Stowe) and her sister Alice (May), he sets himself on a course of love and conflict between Major Heyward (Waddington) and suffering the constant threat from Huron war leader Magua (Studi).

Critics Ratings (Rotten Tomatoes): 97% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Amazon Price: $18.49 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

Mad Max (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Before he became known as one of the world’s most famous bigots, Mel Gibson was once a respected actor. In 1979, Gibson starred in a little Australian film costing A$400,000 ($388,840 U.S.). It springboarded the careers of Gibson and director George Miller (who was a doctor at the time) and became a cult classic. The film lead to two sequels, with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior considered one of the best action films ever.

In A Clockwork Orange-style dyspotic future, society is breaking down in Australia. Gangs roam the highways and the police are powerless to stop them. One of best pursuit men is Max Rockatansky (Gibson) and he leaves law enforcement after becoming disillusioned. But a threat from a gang puts him and his family in danger.

The fourth film of the series, Mad Max: Fury Road, is now in production, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron starring.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 95% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 6.5/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar Commentary; Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon Featurette; Original Theatrical Trailers; Commentary with Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge; Road Rants Trivia & Fun Fact Track; Photo Gallery; TV Spots; ; Disc 2 – Blu-ray; Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge; Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon Featurette; ; Closed Caption

Amazon Price: $18.99 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Mission (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Despite making Super Mario Brothers and Capacity, Roland Joffe was once a respected director, making The Killing Fields. Legendary screenwriter Robert Bolt (Lawrence of Arabia, A Man for All Seasons) writes The Palme d’Or-winning film, with Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro in the leading roles.

Father Gabriel (Irons) is a Spanish Jesuit priest in 1750s South America. He sets out to convert the indigenous people to Christianity, but when there are treaty negotiations to transfer the territory to Portugal, the indigenous people are placed under threat and Gabriel turns to ex-soldier Rodrigo Mendoza (De Niro) to help protect them.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 69% (good)
Player Affinity Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Amazon Price: $16.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
The Maltese Falcon is one of the first examples of film noir, an excellent period of Hollywood cinema from the early ’40s to the late ’50s. John Huston’s (The African Queen) film is the second adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel and it follows the traits of film noir: a crime filled story, faulted characters and a femme fatale. The Maltese Falcon was one of Humphrey Bogart’s first major roles and he is supported by Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet.

Sam Spade (Bogart) is a private detective from San Francisco who takes the case to find the sister of a client (Astor), but finds that he is really involved with a plot involving a stolen priceless statue.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 100% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Featurette The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird; Breakdowns of 1941: Studio blooper reel, Makeup tests; Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart; Warner Night at the Movies 1941 short subjects gallery: Newsreel, musical short The Gay Parisian, 2 classic cartoons: Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy; Trailers of This Movie, 1941’s Sergeant York and 1936’s previous Falcon movie adaptation Satan Met a Lady; Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations–two featuring the movie’s original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson

Amazon Price: $17.49 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
The second film involving the pairing of John Huston and Humphrey Bogart is an adaptation of a novel by B. Traven. Walter Huston (the director’s father), Tim Holt and Bruce Bennett co-star in a film that was a box-office failure, but now considered a classic by the American Film Institute, Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson.

In 1920s Revolutionary Mexico, a new government is formed, but bandits roam the countryside. When gold is discovered a group of Americans go to the Sierra Madre mountains and have to survive both the bandits and rough conditions of the mountains.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 100% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 8.6/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax; Discovering Treasure: The Story Of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Documentary Profile John Huston; Warner Night At The Movies 1948 Short Subjects Gallery: Leonard Maltin Introduction, Newsreel, 2 Classic Cartoons, Comedy Short, Theatrical Trailers; ; Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Show with The Movie’s Original Stars

Amazon Price: $17.49 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

Hard Candy (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Hard Candy was the film that made director David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and actress Ellen Page forces to be reckoned with. With a script from Brian Nelson (Devil), Slade shows that music video directors are not bad film directors and can make a solid low-budget film. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) also stars in a film that will make men cross their legs as they are watching.

14-year-old Hayley (Page) meets photographer Jeff (Wilson) after chatting with him over the Internet. But when Jeff takes Hayley back to his home with questionable purpose it is the teen that turns and tortures the man.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 68% (good)
Player Affinity Score: 5.7/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Amazon Price: $10.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4.5 stars, Video 4.5 stars, Audio 4 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 4 stars (out of 5). Highly Recommended.

Bad Lieutenant (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Abel Ferrara’s (King of New York) crime film Bad Lieutenant was a controversial release back in 1992 but is now a cult classic. Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, Red Dragon) plays a New York corrupt police detective suffering a drug problem investigates the brutal rape of a nun in this Catholic guilty tale. Werner Herzog remade the film with Nicolas Cage in the leading role.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 76% (good)
Player Affinity Score: N/A

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director Abel Ferrara and Director of Photography Ken Kelsch; Retrospective Documentary Featuring Exclusive Interviews with the Cast and Crew; Theatrical Trailer

Amazon Price: $11.49 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): N/A

The Blair Witch Project (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Back in 1999, horror fans were wetting themselves with glee over The Blair Witch Project. With a budget of $22,000 the film was a smash hit internationally, making over $248 million — not a bad profit.

Told in a documentary style, student filmmakers Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard research the Blair Witch legend in Burkittsville, Maryland. When searching for evidence in the woods the group ends up lost with strange goings on in the middle of the night, making them fear for their lives.

At the time, The Blair Witch Project was loved by critics and audiences, but now opinion is a lot more divided. The success of this film led to more found-footage horror films like Paranormal Activity.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 85% (excellent)
Player Affinity Score: 4.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Discovered Footage (Theories of the Blair Witch); Director and Producer Commentary; Never-Before-Seen Alternate Endings; Curse of the Blair Witch; The Blair Witch Legacy; Theatrical Teasers and Trailer

Amazon Price: $10.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3 stars, Video 3 stars, Audio 3 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 3 stars (out of 5). Recommended.

Secretary (Blu-ray)

What’s the Deal?
Before making Secretary, Maggie Gyllenhaal was a supporting actress in Donnie Darko and 40 Days and 40 Nights. After starring in Secretary, she earned herself a number of Best Actress nominations and awards and became a star of indie cinema. Starring alongside her is James Spader (sex, lies and videotape), with support from Jeremy Davies (Dogville) and Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria) in Steven Shainberg’s directorial debut.

Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal) is a young woman released from a hospital after dangerously harming herself. She attempts to have a normal live by working as a secretary for attorney E. Edward Grey (Spader). He persuades Lee into dominant/submissive, kinky behavior, but is she just substituting one dangerous habit for another?

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 74% (good)
Player Affinity Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Amazon Price: $14.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4 stars, Video 3.5 stars, Audio 3.5 stars, Extras 2.5 stars, Replay 4 stars (out of 5). Recommended.

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