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DVD Release List – 12/29/09

The other day, Scott Tobias and I were talking about inaugurating “The Diggstown Award,” to be given out each year to the solidly entertaining, small-scale genre piece that not enough people saw in theaters. The prime 2009 candidate? A Perfect Getaway, writer-director David Twohy’s taut, enjoyable thriller about the delicate dance of a serial killer couple and their latest prey on a remote Hawaiian beach. The story’s surprise twists may not be all that surprising, but the dialogue, characterization and suspense sequences are all spot-on, and Twohy strengthens the film considerably with an extended mid-film flashback that adds meaning to all the subsequent chases and gunplay. A Perfect Getaway is the kind of well-crafted entertainment that’s easy to like, easy to recommend.

Also worth digging out of the last new release pile of 2009: Shane Acker’s 9, a stunningly visualized animated feature that’s a little slight in its story on an automaton roaming through a post-apocalyptic landscape, but is definitely worth a rental, especially for fans of sci-fi and/or animation.

Carriers
Paramount, $19.99

Diagnosis: Death
Lionsgate, $26.98

Emily Of New Moon: The Complete Second Season
Echo Bridge, $19.99

Facing Ali
Lionsgate, $27.98

Glee: Season One, Vol. 1 – The Road To Sectionals
20th Century Fox, $39.98

Half-Life
Wolfe, $24.95

Home Front
Cinevolve Blu-ray, $24.95

Last Cup: Road To The World Series Of Beer Pong
Virgil, $19.99

Little Angels
Virgil, $14.99

The Marine 2
20th Century Fox, $22.98; Blu-ray, $29.99

9
Universal/Focus, $29.98

A Perfect Getaway
Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

Princess Of Mars
Asylum, $24.95

Time Warp: Season Two
Discovery, $24.98

United States Of Tara: The First Season
Showtime/Paramount, $42.99

Vampire Killers
Weinstein, $19.97

Weather Girl
Screen Media, $24.98

The Widow’s Might
Virgil, $19.99

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