John Patrick Shanley’s Academy Award-nominated adaptation of his own Tony-winning play Doubt is arguably this week’s most significant new release, though what crackled on stage comes off a little stiff on screen, even with Shanley tilting the camera like a madman. Honestly, although Doubt’s script and performances are clearly superior, the movie is every bit as heavy-handed as the overblown remake of the sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, also out this week. But The Day The Earth Stood Still has a spaceship and a robot. Choose accordingly.

On the animation front, the clunky feature adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry-winning novel The Tale Of Despereaux arrives, ready to beguile and frustrate in equal measure. And Disney is repackaging its store of classic shorts yet again, this time in the “Disney Animation Collection:” stripped-down discs anchored by longer shorts like Mickey And The Beanstalk and Three Little Pigs. Classics-wise, the big news of the week is Universal opening its vaults and letting out a set of rarely seen films from the early ‘30s, made prior to Hollywood’s adoption of the family-friendly Hays Code. (Most intriguing title: Merrily We Go To Hell.) In a separate deluxe set, Universal is also releasing Cecil B. DeMille’s code-testing 1934 version of Cleopatra, preserving its lavish sets and tastefully naked slave girls.

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Finally, if the opulence of Cleopatra makes you nostalgic for a time in this country when we could throw money around like a linebacker at Scores, let the documentary I.O.U.S.A. bring you back to Earth. In carefully argued, easy-to-grasp terms, documentarian Patrick Creadon explains that even when we thought we had money, we were actually broke, and that we’re likely to stay broke for a very long time. It’s a movie scarier than any slasher flick.

13 Most Beautiful… Songs For Andy Warhol Screen Tests

Plexifilm, $34.98

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

Above The Law

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

Alexandra

New Yorker, $29.95

American High School

Starz/Anchor Bay, $26.97

American History X

New Line Blu-ray, $28.99

The Arcade Fire: Miroir Noir

Merge, $14.99/$29.99

Bedtime Stories

Disney, $29.99/$32.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Beverly Hills 90210: The Seventh Season

Paramount, $59.98

Britney: For The Record

Jive, $19.98

Cleopatra (1934)

Universal, $29.98

Collateral Damage

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

The Day The Earth Stood Still

20th Century Fox, $29.99/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

Disney Animation Collection 1: Mickey And The Beanstalk

Disney, $19.99

Disney Animation Collection 2: Three Little Pigs

Disney, $19.99

Disney Animation Collection 2: The Prince & The Pauper

Disney, $19.99

Donkey Punch

Magnolia, $26.98

Doubt

Miramax, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Dynasty: The Fourth Season, Vol. 1

Paramount, $36.98

Faith Like Potatoes

Sony, $24.96

Final Destination

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

Fly Away Home

Sony Blu-ray, $28.95

The Goldwyn Follies

MGM, $14.98

House (2007)

Lionsgate, $26.98

I.O.U.S.A.

PBS, $24.99

It’s A Pleasure

MGM, $14.98

John Q

New Line Blu-ray, $28.98

La Grande Bouffe

Koch Lorber, $19.98

Last Days Of The Fillmore

Rhino, $19.98

Max Fleischer’s Superman: 1941-42

Warner, $26.98

No Country For Old Men: Collector’s Edition

Miramax, $32.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Not Easily Broken

Sony, $27.96; Blu-ray, $39.95

The Paper Chase: Season One

Shout! Factory, $49.99

Peanuts: Snoopy’s Reunion

Warner, $19.98

Point Of No Return

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

A Song Is Born

MGM, $14.98

Taking Lives

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

The Tale Of Despereaux

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

Tales Of Ordinary Madness

Koch Lorber, $19.98

Tango & Cash

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

TCM Spotlight – Doris Day Collection: It’s A Great Feeling/Tea For Two/April In Paris/The Tunnel Of Love/Starlift

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Warner, $49.98

Uncle Nino

Questar, $19.99

Universal Pre-Code Hollywood Collection: The Cheat/Merrily We Go To Hell/Hot Saturday/Torch Singer/Murder At The Vanities/Search For Beauty

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Universal, $49.98

Vinyan

Sony, $24.96

The Wedding Singer

New Line Blu-ray, $28.99

Yes Man

Warner, $28.98/$34.99; Blu-ray, $35.99

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