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New On DVD - July 13, 2010

Chloe CityNews.ca Pick of the Week – Believing that her husband is cheating on her, Catherine (Julianne Moore), hires a young prostitute, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to throw herself at him and see what he does. Chloe reports back to Catherine with the juicy details about her romantic liaisons with David (Liam Neeson), each encounter more sexually graphic than the last. The thought of her husband’s affair somehow arouses Catherine but instead of drawing her closer to David she’s drawn closer to Chloe. Directed by Atom Egoyan, the story moves slowly and is very detailed, and characters are given the chance to just sit and breathe and show subtle emotion — something missing from a lot of American thrillers. It’s in the same league as Egoyan’s Exotica or Felicia’s Journey, and if you enjoyed those you will most definitely enjoy this. Special features on the DVD include commentary with Seyfried, Egoyan, and writer Erin Cressida Wilson, deleted scenes, and a making of featurette. Also available on Blu-ray. Film *** DVD *** (out of 5 stars).

The Bounty Hunter – Poor Gerard Butler. I’m sure the opportunity to work with Jennifer Aniston must have been the only reason he decided The Bounty Hunter was a good role. Sadly, the movie is worse than his other attempts at romantic comedy (The Ugly Truth and P.S. I Love You) and it could be a career-killer for him. As for Aniston, I think she needs to take a break from the spotlight and get a new agent. Annoying is an understatement for this entire film which will surely make a few worst-of-the-year lists. Special features include a making of featurette, a look at the locations used, and more. Also available on Blu-ray. Film * DVD * (out of 5 stars).

Greenberg – When I reviewed Greenberg in the theatre I called it a “total snooze-fest and a waste of time.” After watching it on DVD I retract my statement (and am giving it an extra star). It’s neither a snooze-fest nor a waste of time — it just wasn’t a good movie to see on the big screen. The film tells the story of Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) after he’s been released from a mental hospital in New York City (which he was in due to an unexplained nervous breakdown). Currently in Los Angeles resting for a few weeks while he watches his brother’s house, Greenberg meets his brother’s much younger assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), and is smitten with her. Unfortunately, he’s a very awkward, anxious guy and comes across as a real jerk. Florence has a lot of issues too and Greenberg just makes her feel bad about herself. Directed and co-written by Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, The Squid and the Whale) I say give Greenberg a chance and you might find a funny indie gem with some great performances. Special features include a behind the scenes featurette, and more. Also available on Blu-ray. Film *** DVD *** (out of 5 stars).

More New DVD Releases this week: Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection, Formosa Betrayed, Fagbug, Film Noir Classic Collection V, Backyardigans: Operation Elephant Drop, Our Family Wedding


Top image: A scene from Chloe. Courtesy E1 Entertainment.