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

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The new DVD releases include Balls of Fury, Halloween , The Simpsons Movie, Stardust and Underdog. In addition, we'll take a sneak peek at next week's movies on video/DVD.

December 18, 2007 - New Video and DVD Releases:

Balls of Fury DVD
Length: 90 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, and for language

Ping-Pong is featured in this silly comedy that spoofs martial-arts movies. As a kid, Randy Daytona is a world-class table tennis player who suffers a humiliating loss to Karl Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon) in the 1988 Olympics. Nineteen years later Randy (Dan Fogler) makes a living putting on shows in Reno when he is recruited by an FBI agent (George Lopez) to infiltrate a tournament run by the diabolical Feng (Christopher Walken). But Randy has gotten rusty, and he must first undergo rigorous training with characters played by James Hong and Maggie Q.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Widescreen
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Halloween DVD

Tagline: "Evil has a destiny."

Length: 109 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal bloody violence and terror throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity and language

Rob Zombie wrote and directed this horror film, a remake of John Carpenter's 1978 slasher movie. Malcolm McDowell is in the Donald Pleasance role, and Scout Taylor-Compton takes the part played by Jamie Lee Curtis. The story is the same: At age 10, Michael Myers murders several people in Haddonfield, Illinois, spends years in a psychiatric institution, then escapes and returns to his hometown, where he goes on another killing spree. But the new film spends much more time on Myers's childhood than the original. Tyler Mane plays the adult Myers in the remake.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Widescreen
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The Simpsons Movie DVD

Tagline: "See our family. And feel better about yours."

Length: 87 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for irreverent humor throughout

An animated comedy, this feature film was spun off the TV show The Simpsons that has been running since 1989. All the major characters, including Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), his wife Marge (voice of Julie Kavner), and their children Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith), are brought over from the TV series. In the movie, Homer does something that contributes to a huge environmental problem in Springfield, and everyone turns on the Simpsons. The film contains a skateboarding sequence that fans will be talking about for years.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
  • Widescreen
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Stardust DVD
Length: 128 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some fantasy violence and risque humor

Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Peter O'Toole are among the big-name actors appearing in this whimsical fantasy based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. In the mythical realm of Stormhold, a star falls and takes the form of a woman called Yvaine (Danes), and various entities seek her. One is the young man Tristan (Charlie Cox), another is the witch Lamia (Pfeiffer), and a third is the King of Stormhold (O'Toole). Another character is the cross-dressing Capt. Shakespeare (De Niro). Also appearing in the movie are Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais and Rupert Everett.

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Widescreen
  • Also Available on HD DVD
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Underdog DVD
Length: 84 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor, mild language and action

Based on the TV cartoon series that ran from 1964 to 1973, this is a live-action comedy with talking dogs, their mouths moving by way of computer animation. The central character is a beagle (voice of Jason Lee) that gets transformed into a superhero as a result of an experiment by a mad scientist. Some nice people give the beagle a good home and name him Shoeshine, but it turns out he can talk and fly, and the dog becomes a crime fighter. But Shoeshine is attracted to the cute spaniel Polly (voice of Amy Adams), and he must battle the bully Riff Raff (voice of Brad Garrett).

Selected DVD Special Features:
  • Widescreen
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