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New On DVD - August 10, 2010

Date Night (Blu-ray) CityNews.ca Pick of the Week – Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a typical married couple who have slipped into a daily routine. They decide to go to a hip, new restaurant in Manhattan called “Claw” for their “date night”, but to their dismay they can’t get seated when they arrive. Prepared to keep his promise of a fun date, Phil takes charge and steals another couple’s reservation. The night is going great until two tough guys show up mistaking them for the couple that was supposed to be sitting at the table. They’re escorted into the back alley and interrogated for a flash drive the thugs are convinced they have. From there on, it’s an adventure of mistaken identity that puts the duo in situations where they have to escape in a boat, steal a sports car from a security expert (played by a shirtless Mark Wahlberg), pole dance at a strip club, and hunt down the real couple who are wanted (hilariously portrayed by James Franco and Mila Kunis). Date Night is a comedy for adults who want to check their brain at the end of the week and simply have a good time. Special features on the Blu-ray includes commentary with director Shawn Levy, a gag reel, deleted scenes, a digital copy of the film, and more. Film *** Blu-ray *** (out of 5 stars).

The Joneses – The Joneses are new in town and everyone wants to be like them. They have the best cars and gadgets and wear the latest and greatest clothes and jewelry. What the neighbours don’t know is that the Joneses are actually a team of salespeople hired to pretend to be a normal family living the American dream. Starring David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole, and Lauren Hutton, The Joneses is a clever and funny film that unfortunately went mostly unnoticed during its theatricial run. Give it a chance and you might enjoy it too. Special features include deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray. Film *** DVD *** (out of 5 stars).

The Penguins of Madagascar: Happy Julien Day
– This DVD includes eight episodes of the hit Nickelodeon animated show The Penguins of Madagascar, and focuses on the character of Julien (a lemur who thinks he is King of the zoo). It’s a pretty funny show with decent animation and, even though it’s aimed at kids between six and eight, my three-year-old loves it. The DVD is presented in a 16×9 widescreen format too, which is great to see from a kids show. DVD *** (out of 5 stars).

More New DVD releases this week: Death at a Funeral (2010), What’s Up Doc? (Blu-ray), National Lampoon’s Vacation (Blu-ray), National Lampoon’s European Vacation (Blu-ray).

brian.mckechnie@citynews.rogers.com

Top image: A scene from Date Night. Courtesy 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.