New DVDs on store shelves April 30
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Silver Linings Playbook - Anchor Bay - Rated R
With quirky performances that worm their way into your heart, Silver Linings Playbook is tremendous. I was especially impressed with Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence gives her Oscar winning performance. This romantic dramedy delivers big. Bonus Features include deleted scenes and three featurettes, the blu-ray adds two featurettes.
Funny Girl - Sony - Rated G
Barbra Streisand's first movie role also won her an Academy Award for her portrayal in Funny Girl - the mostly fictionalized musical of the life of Fanny Brice. Streisand's performance is electric, and the film still holds up well after 45 years. Now fully restored, it debuts on blu-ray for the first time along with extras that include two short vintage featurettes.
The Notebook - New Line - Rated PG-13
The best of the Nicholas Sparks novels turned movies, The Notebook is being released in a new Collectors gift set which includes DVD, blu-ray and Ultraviolet versions of the film, collectable memorabilia including a locket and a journal, two commentaries, deleted scenes, four featurettes, and Rachel McAdams screen test.
Strictly Ballroom - Lionsgate - Rated PG
Baz Luhrman's wonderful audience pleaser, Strictly Ballroom comes to Blu-ray for the first time and looks wonderful. Bonus features include commentary, two featurettes, deleted scenes and more.
Way of the Dragon/Game of Death - Shout Factory - Rated R
Two of Bruce Lee's classic films are re-released on DVD this week - Way of the Dragon where he starred with Chuck Norris, and Game of Death - his final film. Lee died during production and this was cobbled together afterward using doubles and scenes from his other films. It also includes scenes of Lee's actual funeral.
Broken City - 20th Century Fox - Rated R
Broken City's political corruption plot is very standard fare, although there are a few mild twists that keep it from being a truly bad movie. Maybe it's the presence of Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe that kept my interest.
Bonus features include a multi-part documentary, deleted scenes and alternate ending.