Home Video Releases: Cirque du Soleil, Smashed, Law & Order and more

Cirque du SoleilBy Forrest Hartman
Forrest@ForrestHartman.com

“Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away”: Director Andrew Adamson (“Shrek”) captures routines from a number of Cirque du Soleil shows, giving viewers a close-up look at the circus phenomenon. Although the movie is primarily built around individual acts, it also follows the story of a young woman drawn into the magical world of a circus aerialist.

“Smashed”: Independent film about an alcohol-loving couple (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron SmashedPaul) whose relationship is tested when the wife decides to get sober. Co-written and directed by James Ponsoldt.

“Ministry of Fear”: Freshly restored Criterion Collection release of director Fritz Lang’s 1944 thriller about a man (Ray Milland) who stumbles onto an international spy plot shortly after being released from a mental asylum.

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” – 25th Anniversary Edition: Disney is bringing its landmark movie about a cartoon rabbit who is wrongly accused of murder to Blu-ray. The movie won four Academy Awards, including one for special achievement in animation direction, and it does a fine job mixing live-action and animated footage. Bob Hoskins, Charles Fleischer, Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner star. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

“Samson and Delilah”: Paramount is bringing director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 Biblical story to DVD for the first time. Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders and Angela Lansbury star.

Disney two-movie collections: The Mouse House is delivering three Blu-ray sets that collect movies from popular Disney franchises. Available are “Mulan”/“Mulan II,” “Brother Bear”/“Brother Bear 2” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”/“The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.”

Curandero – Dawn of the Demon“Curandero – Dawn of the Demon”: Robert Rodriguez-produced horror film about a federal agent (Gizeht Galatea) and a spiritual healer (Carlos Gallardo) who get drawn into the dealings of a satanic cult. Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez.

“The Father Dowling Mysteries” – The Final Season: Final 22 episodes of the television drama that aired on NBC and ABC from 1989 to 1991. Tom Bosley stars as a Catholic priest with a penchant for solving crimes.

“The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Vol. 1 – Escape From the Kitchen”: Episodes from the Cartoon Network TV series detailing the adventures of an anthropomorphic orange and his supermarket pals.

“The Mob Doctor – The Complete Series”: All 13 episodes of the short-lived Fox drama about a surgical resident who provides medical services to a criminal organization in order to work off her brother’s debt. Jordana Spiro and William Forsythe star.

“Law & Order – Criminal Intent” – The Final Year: Tenth and final season of the law enforcement drama about investigators working in the Major Case Squad of the New York City Police Department. Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe star.

Alfred Hitchcock – The Classic Collection: The home video release of “Hitchcock” may get movie lovers in the mood for some of the director’s original movies, and this Blu-ray set contains “Notorious,” “Rebecca” and “Spellbound.”

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