Even if you’ve hated every prior movie Jane Campion has made, and even you’ve had it with literary biopics in vintage clothes, you might be surprised by Campion’s Bright Star, a beautifully calibrated study of dying poet John Keats and his fashion plate girlfriend, which doubles as a meditation on why people create, and why they consume. Also of note this week: Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It, a coming-of-age roller derby comedy that’s completely predictable, but nonetheless entertaining; and the semiotic zombie picture Pontypool, a cleverly staged low-budget horror movie featuring a terrific Stephen McHattie performance and some sly commentary on the danger of filling the air with meaningless words. Lastly, the flow of Golden Age TV to DVD continues with a collection of the ‘50s arts program Omnibus; this first set’s dedicated to lectures by Leonard Bernstein, while future volumes will preserve the dramatic work of Orson Welles and others.

Act Of God
Zeitgeist, $29.99

Screen Media, $24.98

Blade Of The Ripper
Mya, $24.95

Acorn, $39.99

The Boys Are Back
Miramax, $29.99

Bright Star
Sony, $27.96

Callan: Set 2
Acorn, $59.99

The Complete Inspector Lewis
PBS, $69.99

Copyright Criminals
IndiePix, $24.95

Cowboys & Outlaws
A&E, $24.95

Desirable Teacher
Mya, $24.95

Doctor Death
Scorpion, $24.95

The Donner Party
First Look, $24.98

The Escapist
MPI, $19.98

Lionsgate, $19.98

Five Element Ninjas
Tokyo Shock, $19.99

Frontline: The Card Game
PBS, $24.99

Frontier Of Dawn
MPI, $24.98

Give ‘Em Hell Malone
National Entertainment, $24.98; Blu-ray, $24.98

Give Me Your Hand
Strand, $27.99

Goodbye Gemini
Scorpion, $24.95

Hard Revenge Milly: Hyper Violence Collection
Well Go USA, $19.98

Hello Goodbye
Liberation, $19.95

I Heart Jonas
Warner, $19.99

I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
20th Century Fox, $22.98

Import Export
Tartan, $19.93

In A Day
IFC, $24.98

Starz/Anchor Bay, $19.97

Jackie Chan Presents Wushu
Lionsgate, $26.98

JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America
A&E, $19.95

The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After
A&E, $19.95

The Last Stage
Facets, $29.95

Little Ashes
E1, $26.98

Lost City Raiders
First Look, $24.98

MPI, $19.98

Michael Jackson: This Is It
Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $39.95

MI-5: Volume 7
BBC Warner, $59.98

Moscow, Belgium
Terra, $24.98

Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein
E1, $49.98

Painters Painting
New Video, $29.95

Paris, Texas
Criterion, $39.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose: The Complete Second Season
Shout! Factory, $49.99

Pawn Stars: The Complete Season One
A&E, $19.95

Pie In The Sky: Series Two
Acorn, $49.99

IFC, $19.98

Prom Night In Mississippi
New Video, $26.95

Quiet Chaos
IFC, $19.98

The Red Green Show: The Infantile Years - Seasons 1991-1993
Acorn, $99.99

Rifftrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space, Nashville 2009
Legend, $14.95

Rifftrax Live: Planet Of Dinosaurs
Legend, $14.95

Rifftrax Live: Shorts-tacular Shorts-travaganza
Legend, $14.95

Rifftrax Live: Voodoo Man
Legend, $14.95

Rifftrax Live: Wide World Of Shorts
Legend, $14.95

Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy: Rome Open City/Paisan/Germany Year Zero
Criterion, $79.95


Satan’s Wife
Mya, $24.95

Saw VI
Lionsgate, $26.95; Blu-ray, $39.99

Schoolgirl Report Volume #6: What Parents Would Gladly Hush Up
Impulse, $24.95

Sex Advice
Mya, $24.95

Soul Power
Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $34.95

Southland: The Complete First Season
Warner, $29.98

St. Trinian’s School For Bad Girls
Sony, $24.96

Touchstone, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Vivendi, $26.99

The Toolbox Murders
Blue Underground Blu-ray, $29.95

A Touch Of Spice
Menemsha, $29.95

Troma’s War
Troma, $19.95

Tru Loved
E1, $24.98

The Waltons Movie Collection
Warner, $39.98

Facets, $24.95

Whip It
20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

The Whitest Kids U’ Know: The Complete Second Season
E1, $24.98

Worlds Apart
MPI, $19.98

A&E, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Warner, $19.98