There are only two weeks worth of new DVD/Blu-ray releases left in 2011, and as the year winds to a close, finding quality movies on the new release shelves is becoming harder to do.

This week offers movie fans just 19 total new releases to choose from, and of those, we could find nine that interested us, such as Warrior and Midnight in Paris, both four-star films. Mixed with them are a handful of mildly entertaining but ultimately forgettable films – Dolphin Tale, A Farewell to Arms and Margin Call – and a couple of films that don’t quite live up to expectations – Colombiana and Straw Dogs.

Fans of the animated show Futurama will be pleased by the thirteen episodes from season six that have been released, but the list of special features is rather slim and disappointing. Also, with Underworld: Awakening sinking its fangs into theaters on January 20th, 2012 now might be a good time for fans of the series to own the box set trilogy releasing this week.

Let’s see which films we think are worthy of your valuable movie watching time inside:


Synopsis: Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams) travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer, but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city, but further from the woman he’s about to marry.

Special Features:

  • Midnight in Cannes – Cast and crew discuss the movie.
  • Cast & Crew Photo Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Rotten Tomatoes Score93% Fresh

IMDB Score7.8/10

VERDICT: Own It if you’re a fan of Woody Allen, otherwise Rent It

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Synopsis: Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan’s unlikely underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most soaring, soul stirring, and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed.

Special Features:

  • Full Contact – Feature Length Enhanced Viewing Mode
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Joel Edgerton, Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Tambakis (co-writer) and John Gilroy (editor)
  • Redemption – Bringing Warrior To Life
  • Deleted Scene – The Diner
  • Cheap Shots: Gag Reel
  • Brother vs. Brother – Anatomy of the Fight
  • Philosophy in Combat – Mixed Martial Arts Strategy
  • Simply Believe – A Tribute to Charles “Mask” Lewis, Jr.

Screen Rant Score4.5/5

Rotten Tomatoes Score83% Fresh

IMDB Score8.3/10

VERDICT: Own It

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Synopsis: Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist (Harry Connick Jr.), the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor (Morgan Freeman), and the unwavering devotion of a young boy (Nathan Gamble) to bring about a groundbreaking miracle-a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world.

Special Features:

  • The Hutash Rainbow Bridge – Animated-short
  • At Home with Winter
  • Spotlight on a Scene
  • Winter’s Inspiration The true story of Winter
  • Ormie and the Cookie Jar – Animated short
  • Deleted Scene – Winter Meets Panama
  • Gag Reel

Rotten Tomatoes Score84% Fresh

IMDB Score6.1/10

VERDICT: Rent It

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Synopsis: Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) is a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.

Special Features:

  • Making of Colombiana
  • Cataleya’s Journey
  • Assassins
  • Training a Killer
  • Take the Ride
  • Previews 

Screen Rant Score2/5 Stars

Rotten Tomatoes Score28% Fresh

IMDB Score6.1/10

VERDICT: Skip It

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Synopsis: Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

Special Features:

  • Director and Producer Commentary features J.C. Chandor and Neal Dodson
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director and Producer
  • Revolving Door – Making Margin Call
  • Missed Calls – Momnts with Cast and Crew
  • From the Deck – Photo Gallery

Rotten Tomatoes Score86% Fresh

IMDB Score7.2/10

VERDICT: Rent It

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Synopsis: David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), leading to a violent confrontation.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Rod Lurie
  • Courting Controversy – Remaking a Classic
  • The Dynamics of Power – The Ensemble
  • Inside the Siege – The Ultimate Showdown
  • Creating the Sumner House – he Production Design
  • Previews

Screen Rant Score2/5 Stars

Rotten Tomatoes Score42% Fresh

IMDB Score5.6/10

VERDICT: Skip It

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Synopsis: This trilogy chronicles an age-old war between vampires and werewolves, starting in medieval times and re-igniting once again in modern times. Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene, a vampire/werewolf hunter who uncovers the buried secrets of the vampire coven’s past, and in doing so, helps engender a deadly new bloodfeud with a creature who is half-vampire, half-werewolf at its center.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Len Wiseman, Kate Beckinsale, and Scott Speedman
  • Outtakes
  • Fang vs. Fiction
  • Storyboard Comparison
  • Music video – Finch: “Worms of the Earth”
  • Featurettes – Making of Underworld, Visual Effects of Underworld, Creature Effects, Stunts, Designing Underworld, The Look of Underworld, Sights & Sounds

Underworld: Evolution
Special Features:

  • Feature commentary with director Len Wiseman, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, second unit director Brad Martin, and editor Nick De Toth
  • Featurettes – Bloodlines: From Script to Screen, The Hybrid Theory, Making Monsters Roar, The War Rages On, Building a Saga, Music and Mayhem
  • Music video “Her Portrait in Black” by Atreyu

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Special Features:

  • Behind the Castle Walls: A Picture-in-Picture track
  • Filmmakers’ Audio Commentary with French director Patrick Tatopoulos, Underworld series creator Len Wiseman, executive producer James McQuaide, and producers Richard Wright and Gary Lucchesi
  • The Origin of the Feud
  • Re-creating the Dark Ages
  • From Script to Screen
  • Lycanthropes Around the World
  • Cinechat: A text-based feature that allows users to correspond with their friends while watching the movie
  • Music Video of William Control’s “Deathclub”

VERDICT: Own It if you’re a fan of the series & don’t have them yet, otherwise Skip It.

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Synopsis: Based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel, the film follows Lt. Frederick Henry (Gary Cooper), a World War I officer who falls in love with English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes) – after first mistaking her for a woman of ill repute. Henry’s friend, Major Rinaldi, is envious of the romance, and pulls strings to have Catherine transferred to Milan. When Henry is wounded in battle, he ends up in the very hospital where Catherine works. They resume the affair, which reaches an ecstatic peak just before Henry is returned to the front. The now-pregnant Catherine remains in Switzerland, sending letters by the bushelfull to Henry. But the jealous Rinaldi sees to it that Henry never receives those letters, leading Catherine to conclude sorrowfully that Henry has forgotten her. As the Armistice approaches, Henry makes his way to Switzerland, hoping to find Catherine.

Special Features:

  • No advance listing of the special features was released

Rotten Tomatoes Score88% Fresh

IMDB Score6.6/10

VERDICT: Rent It

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Episode List:

  • “The Silence of the Clamps”
  • “Möbius Dick”
  • “Law and Oracle”
  • “Benderama”
  • “The Tip of the Zoidberg”
  • “Ghost in the Machines”
  • “Neutopia”
  • “Yo Leela Leela”
  • “Fry Am the Egg Man”
  • “All the Presidents’ Heads”
  • “Cold Warriors”
  • “Overclockwise”
  • “Reincarnation”

Special Features:

  • Audio commentaries
  • Deleted scenes
  • Professor Farnsworth’s “Science of a Scene” featurette
  • Reincarnation Explained! featurette with director Peter Avanzino
  • Futurama F.A.Q.

Verdict: Own It if you’re a fan of the show, otherwise Skip It

(Purchase it on Amazon)