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By Eric Hughes and Kim Hollis

May 19, 2009

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The storylines in Season 3 take the characters in new directions, and prove that the show is always willing to re-invent itself to some degree. We see some beloved characters depart, and some new names enter the fold, most notably a freshman quarterback phenomenon named J.D We also see the very real impact the economic downturn can have on a community such as this one, and expect to see that explored even more in Season 4. You know when you're fascinated by a character's father (Brad Leland as Buddy Garrity), that you have a show that is taking some chances and not going for the easy way out. Do yourself a favor and rent all three seasons if you've yet to watch. You'll be buying them soon afterward.

Disc includes: Deleted scenes, 13 minutes of a lost storyline from the season finale, audio commentary

For people who like to pretend to be wacked by a pick-axe: My Bloody Valentine 3-D (Special Edition)

Taking advantage of cinema's recent attraction to 3-D offerings, My Bloody Valentine 3-D opened to a respectable $24.1 million (over four days) on its way to about $51 million in domestic receipts. I don't usually spend too much time with horror flicks. However, I've added this one to my queue mainly because of its nearly fresh 59% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty much bank as far as horror movies are concerned.

Though I gave its trailer a D in Trailer Hitch, audiences tended to disagree with me and instead warmed up to its storyline, which itself is adapted from a low budget Canadian slasher movie from the early 1980s. Here Jensen Ackles plays the lead, a man who is suspected of committing a series of murders in his hometown prior to the movie's events.

Disc includes: Audio commentary; Deep Inside My Bloody Valentine featurette; Sex, Blood and Screams featurette; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel; alternate ending

Audio Commentary with Director Patrick Lussier and Co-Writer Todd Farmer


For people who are surprised Kevin James beat Seth Rogen in his own game: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

In case you missed it, there have been not one, but two comedies about mall security guards this calendar year (so far!). And in case you missed it, it was Kevin James, not Seth Rogan who claimed the golden Segway at the box office. Whereas Observe and Report couldn't even break the $25-million barrier, Paul Blart opened to $31.8 million on its way to $146.1 million (and a probable franchise).

My idea for a sequel? Pitting James up against Will Arnett. Or better yet they could play partners in crime. Think about it. The funny man's already set with his personal people mover from his Arrested Development days. And with the TV show's new movie set to go in production in a little bit (woo!), his navigation can't be rusty.

Disc includes: Fun On Set featurette, Stunts featurette, deleted scenes

May 19, 2009
24: Season Seven
A Bug's Life
Changing Lanes
Circle Of Iron
DBZ: Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts
Driven to Kill
Eden Log
Enemy At The Gates
Fast Company
Lions for Lambs
The Machinist
My Bloody Valentine 3D
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Paycheck (Collector's Edition)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Special Edition)
Three Days Of The Condor
True Blood: The Complete First Season
Wrestlemania XXV

24: Season Seven
30 Rock: Season 1 & Season 2 (Side-By-Side)
8 Simple Rules: The Complete Second Season (Widescreen)
Battlestar Galactica Seasons 2.0 & 2.5 (Double Feature)
Bruce Springsteen: Road Trip 40 Years of the Boss
Caught On Tape: Complete Series (2-Disc Edition)
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts
Driven to Kill
Eden Log
Flavor Flav: Live In Concert
The Matter of Angels & Demons
Paycheck (Collector's Edition)
Rick Springfield: Live & Kicking
Russell Brand: In New York City
Sister, Sister: The Second Season
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Special Edition)
Wrestlemania XXV

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