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article imageReview: New on DVD for August 7 Special

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By Sarah Gopaul     Aug 7, 2012 in Entertainment
This week’s releases include a classic board game made real in a murderously funny sendup; director Stanley Kubrick’s visceral portrait of war; and an unconventional Canadian road trip movie.
Bel Ami (DVD)
Based on Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel, this tale of temptation and obsession chronicles Georges Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson) rise to power from his meagre beginnings as a penniless ex-soldier by using the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Set in turn of the century Paris, Duroy seduces Madame de Marelle (Christina Ricci) then marries Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman), a former comrade’s wife. Fuelled by his insatiable quest and lustful greed, Duroy conquers Madame Walter (Kristin Scott Thomas), only to learn that every conquest is marred by betrayal and that true love eludes him.
Special features include: a behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Clue (Blu-ray)
Based on the world-famous Clue board game, a six dinner guests must cooperate with their host’s absurd staff to solve a murder mystery. Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Meet all the notorious suspects and discover all their foul play things.
Tim Curry does a fantastic job leading this motley crew of possible murderers through a haphazard night of sleuthing and tomfoolery. The shenanigans are hilarious as the group points fingers at itself, locked inside on a stormy night with a killer that uses the classic game pieces to dispatch various characters. Following the clues is half the fun, followed by Curry’s high-speed, round-the-house recount of the night’s events. This is a great comedic script that plays every scene to its maximum potential with a fantastic cast that brings the static game to life on the screen.
Special features: all three surprise endings to be watched at random or at once. (Paramount Home Media Distribution)
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Warner Bros.
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Full Metal Jacket: 25th Anniversary edition (Blu-ray book)
The story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named Private Joker (Matthew Modine) - from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
Special features not available. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (Blu-ray)
Live-action and 2-D animation combine to tell the story of a man who longs to be a fish after he is classified by the Navy as an F4: "too small and too weak to be a soldier." When his dream of being a fish becomes a reality, Henry uses his underwater prowess to become the Navy's strongest secret weapon.
Special features not available. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Moon Point (DVD)
Darryl Strozka (Nick McKinlay) is a socially awkward and ambitionless 23-year-old who seems destined to live forever with his mother. As his cocky cousin’s wedding approaches, Darryl decides the best way to prove to his family that he is not quite as worthless as they think is to track down his elementary school crush, Sarah Cherry (Kristen Gutoskie), now an obscure B-movie actress shooting a horror film in a nearby town, and bring her to the wedding. Darryl enlists his best friend, known affectionately as Femur (Kyle Mac) and travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of Femur’s electric wheelchair. But naturally, as tends to happen on such a quest, things don’t turn out quite as planned.
This is a bit of an odd addition to the road trip movie category since the destination is just a few towns over. But going eight km/h can stretch 250 km into a four-day journey of strange encounters and internal conflicts. In addition to being a quirky road trip movie, Moon Point is also a coming of age story - except the protagonist is already twenty-something. However, he's still dependent on his mother and delivering papers is the closest thing he has to a job. It’s not long before the audience realizes Darryl is a kind of a jerk. His social awkwardness has nurtured a cynical, sarcastic personality that alienates any possibility of expanding his circle of friends or liking his character. This realization makes it difficult to become invested in the film. Fortunately the movie is rescued by the increased screen time of Femur and Kristin, who are not only more likeable, but also more interesting than Darryl.
Special features include: commentary with cast and crew; interviews; The Danger Bees’ music video for “Awkward Guy”; “Oh So Cosmo” segment; and bloopers. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Robot Chicken – Season 5 (DVD)
Poking fun at movies, music, television and other facets of pop culture, it uses a channel-surfing format in which each skit lasts about 30 seconds before being swapped for the next one. Each episode is about 12 minutes in length. The shows appeal however is derived from the number of obscure references to ‘80s pop culture, political digs, and its fondness for putting unlikely characters in circumstances of extreme sex and violence.
Special features not available. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
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