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

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The new DVD releases include Elegy, Punisher: War Zone and Twilight. In addition, we'll take a sneak peek at next week's movies on video/DVD.

March 17, 2009 - New DVD Releases:

Elegy DVD
Length: 113 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, nudity and language

Ben Kingsley and Penélope Cruz star in this drama adapted from Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal. Kingsley plays David Kepesh, a 60-something university literature professor in New York City. Kepesh gets into a sexual relationship with Consuela (Cruz), a 30-ish Cuban-born graduate student. At first the romance goes well, but soon Kepesh becomes excessively jealous and possessive. His distrust causes the story to take a dramatic turn, leading to an emotional climax. Other actors in the cast include Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Widescreen
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Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check with your video store/online rental service for availability in other formats, including streaming video/digital download.

Punisher: War Zone DVD
Length: 103 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use

Marvel Comics introduced a character named Frank Castle whose family is massacred by organized crime, after which he turns himself into the Punisher, a vigilante obsessed with revenge. There were two earlier movies, one in 1989, the other in 2004, both titled The Punisher, about this character. Now comes Punisher: War Zone (2008) with a new lead actor, Ray Stevenson. This time around, Castle pushes a mob boss (Dominic West) into a glass-crushing machine, setting off another round of extreme violence. The movie's all about frenetic pacing, brutality and gore.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Widescreen
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Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check with your video store/online rental service for availability in other formats, including streaming video/digital download.

Twilight DVD (DVD Release Date: March 21, 2009)
Length: 122 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality

A series of novels about vampire romance by Stephenie Meyer has sold millions of copies and is now being adapted to the screen. Based on the first book, this movie was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. The main character is Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a 17-year-old girl who relocates from Phoenix to the small town of Forks, Washington. There she meets and falls for the handsome Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), but he is a vampire. He and his family consume only animal blood, but he finds humans tempting, which means he must be very careful about his attraction to Bella.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Widescreen
Find out more about this DVD release.

Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check with your video store/online rental service for availability in other formats, including streaming video/digital download.

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