Let’s make this simple: the movie to get this week is A Serious Man. Bitch about the ending all you want, or call the picture pretentious, or too obvious, or too obscure, or what-have-you… you’re barking up the wrong tree with me, buddy. It’s a Coen brothers movie. It’s funny, it’s surprisingly sweet, and it goes to unexpected places. Just get it—even if you don’t “get it.” Also worth your time? Nicolas Winding Refn’s arty crime epic Bronson, which features one of last year’s best performances, whether the Academy wants to acknowledge it or not. Lastly, noir fanatics should be happy to see that Sony is continuing to empty the Columbia vaults of gritty, rarely seen genre pictures—this time via the two-volume, eight-movie “Bad Girls Of Film Noir” set. Very few buried gems there, but still a boon for the devoted. My advice? Accept the mystery.

Anjelah Johnson: That’s How We Do It!
WEA/Reprise, $14.98

Arab & Jew: Return To The Promised Land
PBS, $24.99

Army Wives: The Complete Third Season
ABC, $45.99

Bad Girls Of Film Noir, Vol. 1: The Killer That Stalked New York/Two Of A Kind/Bad For Each Other/The Glass Wall
Sony, $24.96


Bad Girls Of Film Noir, Vol. 2: Night Editor/One Girl’s Confession/Women’s Prison/Over-Exposed
Sony, $24.96

Boobs: An American Obsession
Cinema Epoch, $19.98

Brain Fitness Frontiers
PBS, $24.99

Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

The Brotherhood V: Alumni
E1, $24.98

Bushido: The Cruel Code Of The Samurai
Animeigo, $24.98

Couples Retreat
Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $36.98

Dangerous Man
Paramount, $22.98

Dante’s Inferno
Starz/Anchor Bay, $26.97; Blu-ray, $34.98

Image, $27.98; Blu-ray, $35.98

Drop Zone
Lionsgate Blu-ray, $19.99

Eleven Minutes
E1, $19.98

Emma (2009)
BBC Warner, $34.98

Monterey, $26.95

Flavor Flav’s NiteTales Presents: Dead Tone
Screen Media, $24.98

Forest Warrior
Goodtimes, $14.98

Free Style
20th Century Fox, $22.98

Echo Bridge, $23.99

Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season
ABC, $39.99

The Guild: Season Three
New Video, $14.95

Hard Rain
Lionsgate Blu-ray, $19.99

Hurricane Season
Weinstein, $19.97

I Can’t Think Straight
E1, $24.98

I Hate Valentine’s Day
MPI, $19.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Ice Castles (2010)
Sony, $24.96

J.A.G.: The Final Season
Paramount, $55.98

Law & Order - Criminal Intent: First & Second Year
Universal, $26.98

The Life & Times Of Tim: The Complete First Season
HBO, $29.98

Lipstick Jungle: Seasons One & Two
Universal, $26.98

Sony, $24.94

Midgets Vs. Mascots
First Look, $19.98

Nova: Becoming Human
PBS, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Omnibus: Orson Welles’ King Lear
E1, $29.98

The Patty Duke Show: The Complete Second Season
Shout! Factory, $44.99

The Penguins Of Madagascar: Operation DVD Premiere
Dreamworks Animated, $26.99

Peter And Vandy
Strand, $27.99

The Phantom
Lionsgate Blu-ray, $19.99

The Pleasure Of Being Robbed
MPI, $24.98

Polar Storm
First Look, $24.98

Rad Girls
E1, $19.98

The Real Wolfman
A&E, $19.95

Rome & Jewel
Well Go USA, $19.98

The Running Man
Lionsgate Blu-ray, $19.99

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Vol. 2
Comedy Central, $26.98

Second Sight: Complete Collection
BFS, $59.98

A Serious Man
Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $36.98

Serious Moonlight
Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Shoot First & Pray You Live
Lionsgate, $26.98

The Song Of Sparrows
E1, $26.98

Stargate SG-U: 1.0
MGM, $49.98; Blu-ray, $69.99

The Stepfather
Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $38.96

Tartan, $19.93; Blu-ray, $29.97

The Time Traveler’s Wife
New Line, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99

The Trial Begins
MPI, $24.98

Troubled Water
Film Movement, $24.95

The Two Plates
Maverick, $24.98

Vega$: The First Season, Vol. 2
Paramount, $36.98

Welcome To Nollywood
Indiepix, $19.95

Who Was Jesus?
Discovery, $14.98

XIII: The Conspiracy
Phase 4, $29.99; Blu-ray, $29.99