THE SOCIAL NETWORK
One of the best-reviewed movies of 2010, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s superb drama recalls the roots of Facebook through the personal experiences that prompted then-college student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) to develop what morphed into the wildly popular website. Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, Josh Pence, Joseph Mazzello and Brenda Song also are in the sterling cast. DVD extras: audio commentary by Fincher and Sorkin. (Rated PG-13; available on Blu-Ray)
It’ll be three-dimensional at home only if you have the proper Blu-ray equipment, but even minus that added depth, you’ll pretty much get the intended effect of this update of a cult horror classic. The picture has a remarkably good cast for a movie of this nature, led by Elisabeth Shue as the sheriff in a resort area where residents and vacationers alike become targets. An undersea quake sets loose the sharp-toothed, ever-hungry fish, and plenty of gore results. Richard Dreyfuss does a clever take on his Jaws role. Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames and Christopher Lloyd also are in the cast. DVD extras: five “making-of” documentaries; audio commentary by director Alexandre Aja. (Rated R; available on Blu-Ray)
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Unrequited love takes an unusual turn in this would-be comedy teaming Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. She’s an unmarried woman who wants to have a child, and he’s the longtime friend who secretly pines for her. He manages to switch his sperm with that of the intended donor. The latter half of the film plays better than the first. (Rated PG-13; available on Blu-Ray)
ALPHA AND OMEGA
They may belong to the same pack, but that’s about all that two wolves have in common in this animated feature. Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Justin Long voice the characters, whose dissimilarities are evident as they try to return to their own turf after being shipped off to an Idaho park. Danny Glover, Christina Ricci and Dennis Hopper also are heard. DVD extras: “making-of” documentaries; deleted scene; trivia; game. (Rated PG; available on Blu-Ray)