New on DVD: Soderbergh's Supposed Stateside Showbiz Swan Song 'Side Effects,' More

Side Effects Is there a doctor in the house? Why yes, and he's played by Jude Law--a headshrinker who prescribes a dubious anti-depressant to his female patient (Rooney Mara) after she runs her car into a wall. Someone ends up dead and the Hitchcockian plot thickens...is there some sort of conspiracy going on? Whodunnit? This was to be Steven Soderbergh's swan song to the movie biz (we'll see)--if that ends up the case, it's a pretty solid way to go out. Extras: Featurettes on the behind-the-scenes and the fictional medications (DVD/BD).

Beautiful Creatures You say you like your supernatural creatures to have a swampy, Southern-fried touch? Look no further than this teen fantasy-romance based on the novel series involving a high school junior (Alden Ehrenreich) smitten by a15-year-old tough-cookie outsider (Alice Englert), who will have to choose between dark or light magic on her impending 16th birthday. Extras: Deleted scenes, trailer for the book (DVD); the BD combo pack adds featurettes on bringing the series to screen, the costumes, "alternate worlds" and more.

Stand Up Guys Some movies live or die by their stars--in this case, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, and how much you like them will color how much you enjoy this movie. If the idea of watching these three legends onscreen together playing double-crossing ex-mobsters is enough that you'll endure a mediocre story and tonal misfires, then go for it. If the thought of Al Pacino and Viagra jokes makes you want to jump out a window, well, 'nuff said. Extras: Featurettes on the stunt driving, making-of, Bon Jovi's music used inthe film and deleted scenes (DVD/BD).

Parker Jason Statham is a bumbling family guy, stuck at home with triplets while his wife's at work--gotcha! Statham's Parker is a--wait for it--hardened criminal, out for revenge against his former gang after they leave him for dead, with the help of a neurotic South Florida realtor (Jennifer Lopez). Extras: Director Taylor Hackford commentar, two featurettes on bringing the Richard Stark novel to screen (DVD/BD); the BD adds two more featurettes.

National Lampoon's Vacation 30th Anniversary Can you believe it's been three decades since the Griswold family hit the road, with Aunt Edna and her ill-fated dog in tow, for Wally World? Are you feeling old yet? If you haven't seen this raunchy R-rated comedy (the only one in the series, BTW) since it came out in 1983, there's no time like the present. This edition boasts a brand-new 85-minute featurette, "Inside Story: National Lampoon’s Vacation," offering interviews with most cast members, in addition to the DVD and previous BD edition's audio commentary and a trailer. (Though unfortunately, if you were hoping to find that never-seen alternate ending on this release, it's not here.)


 

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