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Part 1: This Week's New Releases on Video/DVD

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The new DVD releases include The Guardian, Jesus Camp and Saw III. In addition, we'll take a sneak peek at next week's movies on video/DVD.

January 23, 2007 - New Video and DVD Releases:

The Guardian DVD

Tagline: "When lives are on the line, sacrifice everything."

Length: 136 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality

Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher star in this drama about the Coast Guard. Ben Randall (Costner) has had a long and distinguished career as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer when, during a difficult operation off Alaska, his entire crew perishes. Deeply distressed, he transfers to Louisiana to put new recruits through tough training, and one of those raw recruits is cocky swimming champ Jake Fischer (Kutcher). Randall teaches the young man how to be a professional, and the veteran learns a few things along the way.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Widescreen
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Jesus Camp DVD
Length: 87 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some discussions of mature subject matter

This documentary was made by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the filmmakers who previously did The Boys of Baraka. Jesus Camp is about Kids on Fire, a facility in North Dakota where children go in the summer to receive intense indoctrination in charismatic-evangelical dogma. The film focuses on three campers: a 12-year-old boy and two girls, one 9, the other 10. The documentary is unsettling to many viewers because it raises the issue of the extent to which the Kids on Fire approach fosters intolerance.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Region 1
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Saw III DVD

Tagline: "Sometimes rules are meant to be broken."

Length: 113 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language (An unrated version of this movie is also available on DVD.)

Terror, torture and gore are what this grisly horror movie is all about. It's the follow-up to Saw (2004) and Saw II (2005), and Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith are back. The sadistic killer Jigsaw (Bell) has a brain tumor, and his assistant Amanda (Smith) forces a physician (Bahar Soomekh of Crash) to treat him. The doctor has an explosive collar around her neck set to detonate if Jigsaw's heart stops. Also, Jigsaw subjects a father (Angus MacFadyen) to a diabolical scenario because the man wants revenge for the death of his son.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Saw III is Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
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Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check for availability on VHS.

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