DVD of the Week: 'Observe and Report"

Seth Rogen's particular brand of stoner yukkity-yuk has landed him squarely on the A-List, and he's lined up movie after movie since hitting it big in Knocked Up. If you're expecting more of the same from Observe and Report, though, prepare yourself: This isn't Paul Blart on weed.

What it is represents a big stretch for Rogen, who plays it waaay more straight as a loser-y guy named Ronnie who dreams of being a cop but ends up head of security for the local mall. When a flasher accosts his favorite makeup girl (the always hilarious Anna Faris), it's ON, as the ambitious Ronnie furiously competes with a seething police detective (scene-stealer Ray Liotta) to find the birthday-suited culprit. Dry, subversive and not necessarily guffaw-inducing, Observe and Rogen manage to walk a fine line between dark-humor-funny and weird-guy-uncomfortable. Extras: Some great outtakes and an entertaining commentary track.

Also new this week:

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Go-to rom-com guy Matthew McConnaughey stars as a lifelong bachelor who, on the verge of ruining his brother's wedding, gets visited by the ghosts of three girlfriends from the past, present and future. Can love save the day?

Battle for Terra Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood voice the two rebellious aliens living on a once-peaceful planet that is suddenly plunged into war with humans.

Lymelife Story about suburban life in the late-'70s. If you think you've seen it before, you probably did -- it was called The Ice Storm.

O'Horten Melancholy, deadpan tale of a train engineer retiree who doesn't know what to do with himself during the long Oslo winter nights. Think About Schmidt in Scandinavia.

New on Blu

Hot Fuzz: Ultimate Edition Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteamed after Shaun of the Dead for this blackly hilarious horror-action-buddy cop comedy complete with crazy car chases, shoot-outs and Satanic murderers. Extras: A storyboard collection that is well worth a look, and streamlined "Fuzz-O-Meter" trivia track you can play along with the film.

 

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