New on Home Video: This week's DVD releases



"Open Season": If you've seen one talking-animal cartoon in Hollywood's current onslaught, you've pretty much seen this one, too. A cute-enough entry in the mismatched animated buddy category, "Open Season" features Martin Lawrence as the voice of a pampered bear who's booted into the wild from his cozy home with a forest ranger (Debra Messing) and sets out on a return journey with a yammering deer (Ashton Kutcher) just as hunting season is about to start. The DVD features a new animated short with Lawrence and Kutcher's characters, commentary with the filmmakers and gag commentary featuring the animal stars talking in character. DVD, 28.95; Blu-ray disc, 38.95 (Sony)
"Catch a Fire": An unjustly overlooked film that got lost amid last fall's rush of awards contenders, this thoughtful examination of repression and revolution during South Africa's apartheid regime features tremendous performances from Derek Luke and Tim Robbins. Based on a true story, the film tells the tale of Patrick Chamusso (Luke), an oil-refinery worker and law-abiding family man who is falsely accused of terrorism and tortured by a cruel government operative (Robbins), prompting Chamusso to strike back and become a hero in the fight against apartheid. The DVD includes commentary featuring Chamusso, Luke, Robbins, director Phillip Noyce and others, plus deleted scenes. DVD, 29.98. (Universal)
"Viva Pedro! The Almodovar Collection": This boxed set of eight films from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was timed to the Academy Awards prospects of his latest, "Volver," which scored a best-actress nomination for Penelope Cruz but surprisingly missed out on a slot among the foreign-language film nominees. The nine-disc set has Almodovar's 1999 foreign-language winner at the Oscars, "All About My Mother," plus "Bad Education," "Talk to Her," "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "The Flower of My Secret," "Live Flesh" and the DVD debuts of "Law of Desire" and "Matador." A bonus disc packs three documentary segments on Almodovar and his films. DVD set, 117.95. (Sony)
"The Marine": Wrestler John Cena makes his movie debut in a by-the-numbers action thriller about a Marine who is discharged for insubordination in Iraq then goes on a rampage back home after his gorgeous wife (Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped. The movie comes in the PG-13 theatrical release or an unrated edition. DVD, 29.98; Blu-ray disc, 39.98. (20th Century Fox)
"Flyboys": James Franco leads the cast in a World War I adventure following the exploits of American pilots who sign on for early combat duty against Germany before the official U.S. entry into the war. The movie comes in a single-disc DVD release or a two-disc set packed with extras. Single DVD, 29.98; two-disc DVD set, 39.98; Blu-ray disc, 39.98. (MGM)
"One Night With the King": The Christian movie audience once again proved its potency, turning this Biblical saga into a solid religious minihit. The film tells the story of a beautiful orphan girl (Tiffany Dupont) who wins the love of King Xerxes and becomes Esther, queen of Persia, setting out to save the Jewish people from their persecutors. DVD, 29.98. (20th Century Fox)
"Facing the Giants": Another film that became a minihit driven by church-based audiences. The movie stars Alex Kendrick as football coach at a Christian school who has never led his team to a winning season, but when he faces a crisis at home and learns of a plot to fire him, he and his players discover miracles are possible with God on their side. DVD, 26.96. (Sony)
-- David Germain, Associated Press

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