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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By DOUG NYE

AN ac­tion ad­ven­ture with some well-known faces, The Ex­pend­ables, and a hard­hit­ting Western, Dead­wood, top the lat­est list of Blu-ray re­leases.

The Ex­pend­ables: Sylvester Stallone plays Bar­ney Ross, who leads a group of mer­ce­nar­ies on a mis­sion to a South Amer­i­can is­land. They’ve been hired to take out a sup­posed ruth­less dic­ta­tor. Once there, Ross dis­cov­ers things aren’t ex­actly the way he had been told.

Part of the fun of this film is see­ing the ma­cho line-up that takes part in the ac­tion. The cast also in­cludes Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lund­gren and Ja­son Statham, as well as ap­pear­ances by Bruce Wil­lis and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger.

Dead­wood: The Com­plete Se­ries: There has been no Western on tele­vi­sion quite like this one. It’s gritty and vul­gar and the dirty, dusty streets might in­spire you to want to take a bath. The recre­ation­cre­ation of the era is a plus but it is the line-up of char­ac­ters that make it go.

Ian McShane stars as Al Swearen­gen, who will stop at noth­ing to make sure things go his way in Dead­wood. Ti­mothy Olyphant plays Seth Bul­lock, the clos­est thing to a good guy in the town.

The se­ries be­gins shortly af­ter the mas­sacre of Custer at the Lit­tle Big Horn.

The fo­cus is on how the char­ac­ters evolve and sur­vive. Other no­ta­bles in the cast are Keith Car­ra­dine as Wild Bill Hickok and Robin Wei­jert as Calamity Jane. The col­lec­tion in­cludes all 36 episodes on 13 discs.

The Pil­lars Of The Earth (Sony, 2010): This mini-epic takes place in 12th cen­tury Eng­land, where war, re­li­gious con­flicts and po­lit­i­cal con­flicts take their toll on fam­i­lies and the coun­try it­self. Ian McShane and Don­ald Suther­land are among the stars. In­cludes all eight episodes in three discs.

Flipped (Warner Broth­ers, 2010): With sec­ond graders Bryce (Cal­lan McAuliffe) and Juli (Made­line Car­roll), she thinks it’s love. Bryce isn’t ready to buy that. Dur­ing the next six years they find out be­cause they at­tend the same school and also live across the street from each other.

The Com­plete Me­trop­o­lis (Kino, 1926): The le­gendary sci­ence-fic­tion film from Ger­man di­rec­tor Fritz Lang gets the high-def­i­ni­tion treat­ment. The film has been re­stored and with much footage, pre­vi­ously thought lost, added. The im­ages are stun­ning on Blu-ray. – McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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