Undoubtedly the biggest release of the week is Oscar’s most recent Best Picture winner, Slumdog Millionaire, but rather than reigniting the debate over whether Slumdog skeptics are a hateful, soulless breed or whether the movie is a one-note, corny bore, let’s talk up a couple of 2008’s more interesting arthouse hits, namely the Spanish time-travel mindbender Timecrimes and the French missing-persons thriller Tell No One. Both are more about plot twists and mood than about anything particularly profound, but they’re very entertaining, and well worth a rental.

What’s worth buying? How about three classic musicals now available on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers: An American In Paris, Gigi and South Pacific. Or even better: Criterion’s stellar new edition of Andrzej Wajda’s 1983 historical drama Danton, which brings the philosophical conflicts of the French revolution to vivid life. Danton is dramatic, creepy and artful (and better than any of last year’s Best Picture nominees).

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3 Films By Alexander Sokurov: Oriental Elegy/Dolce/Humble Life

Euroarts, $24.99

An American In Paris

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

Autopsy

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

The Broken

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

California Dreams: Seasons 1 & 2

Shout! Factory, $44.99

Cat In The Brain

Grindhouse/Ryko, $24.95

The Cremator

Dark Sky, $19.98

Cthulu

Liberation, $24.95

Danton

Criterion, $39.95

Dennis Miller: The HBO Comedy Specials

SRO, $29.99

Dying Breed

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

Exposed

Synapse, $24.95

Fallen Angels

Kino, $29.95

From Within

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

Ghosts Of Mars

Sony Blu-ray, $28.95

Gigi

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

Hannah Montana: Keeping It Real

Walt Disney, $19.99

Happy Together

Kino, $29.95

Hercules Collection

Image, $19.98

Hope & Faith: Season One

Lionsgate, $29.98

Ichi The Killer

Tokyo Shock Blu-ray, $29.99

Il Generale Della Rovere

Criterion, $29.95

In Plain Sight: Season One

Universal, $59.98

The IT Crowd: The Complete First Season

MOI, $24.98

Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About

Kultur, $29.99

Jim Gaffigan; King Baby

Comedy Central, $16.99

Killer At Large: Why Obesity Is America’s Biggest Threat

Disinformation, $19.95

Leonard Cohen: Live In London

Sony, $21.98

Marley & Me

20th Century Fox, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

Martial Club

Tokyo Shock, $19.99

The Matrix

Warner Blu-ray, $34.99

No Regret

Liberation, $24.95

The One

Sony Blu-ray, $28.95

Perkins’ 14

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

Pitch Black/Chronicles Of Riddick

Universal Blu-ray, $59.98

The Raven

Liberation, $24.95

The Real Ghostbusters: Volume One

Time-Life, $39.98

Ricky Gervais: Out Of England

HBO, $19.98

Same Old Song

New Yorker, $29.95

Schoolhouse Rock: Earth

Walt Disney, $19.99

The Seduction Of Dr. Fugazzi

Troma, $14.95

Seven Pounds

Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $39.95

Shakespeare’s An Age Of Kings: Richard II/Henry IV/Henry V/Henry VI/Richard III

BBC Warner, $49.98

Shigurui – Death Frenzy: The Complete Series

Funimation, $59.98; Blu-ray, $69.98

The Sinful Dwarf

Severin, $29.95

Slaughter

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

Slumdog Millionaire

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

South Pacific

20th Century Fox Blu-ray, $34.98

Special

Magnolia, $26.98

Spectacular!

Sony, $19.95

Tehilim

Kino, $29.95

Tell No One

Music Box, $27.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Timecrimes

Magnolia, $26.98

Tokyo Zombie

Anchor Bay, $26.97

Two Evil Eyes

Blue Underground Blu-ray, $34.95

Urban Legends: The Complete Season One

A&E, $29.95

Voices

After Dark/Lionsgate, $19.98

William Eggleston: Photographer

Microcinema, $19.99

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