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March 30, 2010

DVD Release Day March 30,2010

Sherlock Holmes - (Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mack Strong)

This is Guy Ritchie's take on the classic english detective that starred in the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Ritchie is know for gritty, grimy crime drama's that are filled with wit and humor... and in this version of Holmes, he does not disappoint. Downey is awesome as Holmes, creating the perfect balance between eccentric and genius.  Law plays a much different Dr. Watson then we have seen in the past. In this film version he is not just a sidekick, he is an equal to Holmes as well as a good friend concerned for his good friends mental health. Mack Strong has the villian thing down pat, and his turn in this film cements him as one of the great bad guys in recent cinema. After he becomes a star in Green Lantern next year, you will remember that this is where the casting directors probably fell in love with him. The stage is set for a sequel, so I think this is just the first step in a potential franchise for Ritchie and the crew.

Disney's Alice In Wonderland - (Animated)

Released in 1951, some people view this as the greatest animation ever done in the history of the Disney studios. Telling the story of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and intertwining in certain elements from his sequel Through The Looking Glass. It features the most songs of any Disney film and was also one of the first Disney movies to be released on home video. The movie was a pet project of Walt Disney himself, and although it never recieved such great results upon intial release, it has gained cult status over the years. The 70's drug counter-culture brought the film into popular circles again, and its been enjoying a status boost ever since. Disney is trying to capitalize of the success of Tim Burton's live action version of the story, so why not release a DVD of the seminal animated version of the same story. Even 59 years later, the film holds up. Enjoyable for the whole family.

Also Being Released This Week: Alvin and The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel, The Abbott and Costello Complete Series, Collateral (Blu-Ray), An Education, Lupin the 3rd: Episode 0

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