A mixed range
NEW DVD releases this week include the good, the bad and the very ugly.
Lottery Ticket: A winning ticket causes family problems. Bow Wow stars. This isn’t the mega ball of outrageous comedy, but it’s still a winner because of the way director Erik White blends comic lunacy with sweet sentimentality.
Bow Wow’s been working in TV and films for several years, but this is the first time he’s shown real acting skills, as the good-hearted Kevin. He’s equally believable as a devoted grandson and a hormone-driven teen.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore: This sequel, nine years in the making, is about a bumbling police dog (voiced by James Marsden) recruited by a secret dog spy organisation to help stop the evil Kitty Galore (Bette Midler).
First-time director Brad Peyton needed a better script. He doesn’t have the skills to make the movie visually interesting enough to overcome the unimaginative storyline.
The Last Airbender: Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements.
M. Night Shyamalan has turned out a string of hideously bad movies with The Happening, Lady In The Water and The Village. Those all look like Oscar contenders compared to his latest failure, The Last Airbender.
The movie is a complete mess, from convoluted script to the worst 3D effects ever.
The Kids Are All Right: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star in the story of a lesbian couple that years later meet the sperm donor of their two children.
Also available on Blu-ray
Disney’s A Christmas Carol: Animated version of the Charles Dickens holiday story.
Heroes: The Complete Series: All four seasons of the NBC series are in this DVD set.
Lennon NYC: A look at John Lennon’s life in New York.
The World At War: This 26episode documentary series is available for Blu-Ray for the first time.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends Of Bikini Bottom: SpongeBob and Patrick are held prisoner by a backward gang.
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type ... And More Fun On The Farm: Several popular children’s books come to life in this DVD collection.
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert: Akio (Tamayama) is content with his simple life with his black Labrador, Kafoo, as companion.
That is why when developers come to the island with the intention of converting it into a tourist spot, he opposes the plan as he foresees the laid-back and self-sufficient lifestyle of the island dwellers will be affected. However, Akio is outnumbered as many of his friends and neighbours are attracted to the monetary rewards offered by the developers.
Despite his frustration, deep down he still pines for his mother who had abandoned him when he was young, and wishes for a partner whom he could share his life with.
So, when he is asked to write down his wish on a wooden plaque at a temple, he pens a simple marriage proposal.
He receives a letter from Sachi (Maiko). Cast: Keisuke Koide, Kento Hayashi and Yuchi Nakamura Running time: 133 minutes BASED on the award-winning novel by Japanese novelist Shion Miura, Feel The Wind is a celebration of the human spirit and revolves around the annual Japanese Hakone Marathon Competition.
When marathon runner Kakeru (Hayashi) left his university and his team after a misunderstanding, he lives on the streets as he has no where to go.
Life changes for him after meeting Haiji (Koide), a fellow runner who dreams of putting together a team in his university to compete in the Hakone Marathon Competition. Haiji’s passion for running has reignited Kakeru’s desire to run as well.
However, as they need 10 runners to make a team, they end up training eight of their house mates in long-distance running. To them, the training is more than just learning how to run. It also sets them off on a journey to tap their inner strength and overcome their fears.
A feel-good movie with a happy ending, Feel The Wind is an inspiring watch. Look closely and you will see the directors’ efforts at drawing parallels between running and real life.
This movie is in Japanese with English, Chinese and Malay subtitles. n The DVDs are distributed by PMP Entertainment. Bernadette Peters and Audra McDonald perform at the celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday.
Mrs Miracle: James Van Der Beek stars in the film based on Debbie Macomber’s novel.
The Lightkeepers: Two older men rediscover love in a world on the verge of war. Richard Dreyfuss stars.
The Possession Of David O’Reilly: A man appears to be possessed after being dumped by his girlfriend. Mister Ed: Season Four: The set includes the episode where Ed helps the Dodgers win the National League pennant.
Peanuts Holiday Collection: Set includes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. – The Fresno Bee/McClatchyTribune Information Services Will Akio find love and walk out of his emotional cocoon?
This drama is in Japanese with English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia subtitles.