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New on DVD – July 6, 2010 – A Single Man and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

From the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling mystery The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to Colin Firth’s stellar turn in the heartrending drama A Single Man, here’s a look at all that’s coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Colin Firth plays a professor of literature in this early-sixties story (directed by first-time filmmaker and fashion icon Tom Ford) about a professor whose life is set adrift after the tragic death of his lover (Matthew Goode). Firth’s heartbreaking performance received an Oscar nomination. We thought that the film “nearly boils over with a grand romantic keening.”

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Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke star as fantastically morally compromised Brooklyn cops in Training Day director Antoine Fuqua’s newest small-scale epic of urban vice and corruption. While our critic thought that the cast — which also includes a long-unseen Wesley Snipes — did their very best trying to reinvigorate the script’s “stock-cop characters,” too often Fuqua’s film resembled “somebody else’s work.”

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy of internationally best-selling
mystery novels are enough of a phenomenon to not just have already been
filmed in their native Sweden (this is the first of that series) but to
already have American remakes in the works. In the trilogy’s opener, an
investigative reporter (Michael Nyqvist) gets help unraveling a
decades-old murder from Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a tattooed,
autistic goth computer hacker. Our critic didn’t see what all the fuss
was about, calling it “more of a compressed mini-series vomited onto the
big screen.”

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In this 1963 mythological-adventure classic — now available on Blu-ray — the hero, Jason, leads his band of warriors on a dangerous quest for the Golden Fleece of legend. Along the way, they run up against many monsters by master creature creator Ray Harryhausen (the original Clash of the Titans). Our critic termed it a “fun and classic romp.”

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