This Week On DVD/BD: Brad Pitt and Sean Penn Climb The Tree of Life

Plus Green Lantern, Horrible Bosses, Christmas comes early and two great British comedies

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NEW RELEASES

The Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) - Is Terrence Malick’s latest the most confounding movie of the year? Let’s put it this way. In a recent interview with Le Figaro, co-star Sean Penn admitted even he didn’t totally get it. Now that it’s available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, you can bring it home and puzzle over it until your head spins.

Green Lantern (Warner Home Video) - DC Comics tried to prove they don’t need Batman to launch a successful superhero franchise. Let’s hope they have a Plan B. The movie is available in no less than four different DVD and BD editions, which may be the exact number of people who enjoyed this in theatres.

Horrible Bosses (New Line) - The year of the R-rated comedy continues its transformation into the year of the unrated and extended Blu-ray. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis scheme to do away with Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell, with an assist from Jamie Foxx.

Zookeeper (Sony) - Kevin James talks to the animals and the animals, with voices provided by Adam Sandler, Nick Nolte, Cher, Sylvester Stallone, and others, dispense romantic advice.

Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer (20th Century Fox) - Based on the popular series of children’s books, parents are well-advised to find something else to do if your kids ask to watch this.

The Trip (IFC) - Steve Coogan goes on a working road trip visiting some of the UK’s finest restaurants and makes the mistake of asking Rob Brydon to come along. If you’re a fan of Coogan and/or Brydon, you know this is a must-see. If you’re not, you should be.

Beautiful Boy (Anchor Bay) - Michael Sheen and Maria Bello star as a couple whose lives are torn apart when their son goes on a shooting rampage at his college.

BLU DEBUTS

Scrooge (Paramount) - It must be October because studios are starting to release Christmas movies. Most of them aren’t worth mentioning but this 1970 musical starring Albert Finney is a lot of fun.

The Four Feathers (Criterion) - Zoltan Korda’s Technicolor epic gets the Criterion treatment and a gorgeous new restoration.

The Bad Seed (Warner Home Video) - Patty McCormack stars in the godfather of all creepy kid movies.

Last Exit to Brooklyn (Summit) - Uli Edel’s 1989 adaptation of the Hubert Selby novel arrives on disc for the first time in the US. Featuring one of Jennifer Jason Leigh’s best performances.

Maniac Cop (Synapse) - The one and only Bruce Campbell stars in this cult horror flick with the immortal tagline, “You have the right to remain silent…forever.”

TV

Bones: The Complete Sixth Season (20th Century Fox) - Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz are back with another year’s worth of quirky mysteries.

Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Home Video) - As the cult comedy-spy series gets ready for its final season, revisit last year’s 24 episodes.

Jem And The Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series! (Shout! Factory) - One of the '80s' guiltiest animated pleasures gets collected in an extras-packed box set.

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 (Warner Home Video) - The guys behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force relaunch the series under a new title because they can. Honestly, it makes as much sense as anything else they’ve ever done on the show.

Snuff Box: The Complete Series (Severin) - Unless you hail from the UK, you’re probably not familiar with this cult sketch comedy. Severin hopes to correct that with this release which includes appreciations from such heavy-hitters as Simon Pegg, Paul Rudd, and many more.

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Adam Jahnke has been writing about film since age 13, when he began foisting a self-published newsletter on friends and family (copies of which are now mercifully lost to the ages). In 2000, he joined the staff of the highly respected DVD website The Digital Bits, where he continues to serve as columnist…

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