New Releases on DVD – October 2009

Away We Go

A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time. Cast: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Chris Messina, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Schneider. Rated R

Battle for Terra

In this animated feature, a peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra, a distant planet. Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, James Garner, Chris Evans, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, David Cross, Justin Long, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson. Rated PG


In 1920s Paris, the son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman. Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates. Based on the novels Chéri and The Last of Chéri by Colette. Rated R

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother’s wedding. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Robert Forster, Anne Archer, Emma Stone, Michael Douglas. Rated PG-13

Goodbye Solo

On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol’ boy with a lifetime of regrets. Solo’s American dream is just beginning, while William’s is quickly winding down. Despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit.  Cast: Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Diana Franco Galindo, Lane ‘Roc’ Williams, Mamadou Lam, Carmen Leyva. Rated R


Julia is a 40-year-old alcoholic who gets by on nickel-and-dime jobs. Seeing a financial opportunity after encountering a woman estranged from her son, Julia throws herself into a criminal plot that escalates beyond anything she ever imagined. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate Del Castillo, Aidan Gould, Jude Ciccolella, Bruno Bichir, Horacio Garcia Rojas. Rated R

Land of the Lost

A has-been scientist gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong time and ends up in the Land of the Lost. Cast: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone. Based on the television series created by Sid Krofft & Marty Krofft. Rated PG-13


A travelling art saleswoman tries to shake off a flaky motel manager who falls for her and won’t leave her alone. Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Fred Ward. Rated R

Monsters vs Aliens

In this animated feature film, Susan Murphy gets turned into a giant monster on her wedding day when a meteorite from outer space hits her. She is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from The President, the motley group of Monsters are called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction. Rated PG

My Life in Ruins

A Greek tour guide attempts to recapture her mojo by guiding a ragtag group of tourists around Greece and showing them the beauty of her native land.Cast: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, María Ádanez, Sheila Bernette, María Botto, Rachel Dratch, Alexis Georgoulis, Ralph Nossek, Bernice Stegers, Harland Williams. Rated PG-13

Observe and Report

The self-important head of security at a shopping mall squares off in a turf war against local cops. Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Peña, Ray Liotta. Rated R

The Orange Thief

Living on the outskirts of society, an orange thief and some other country-wise ruffians steal fruit for sustenance and the sheer excitement of courting danger. After the thief ends up in jail, his life takes a turn when his bunkmate promises him a deal. Italian dialogue; English subtitles. Cast: Andrea Calabrese, Wild Boar Giottoli, Miceala Saxer, Jean Marc Burger, Cesare Riatti, Maria Cecil Genovese.  Adult Language. Not Rated

Paris 36

Three unemployed performers decide to take over the music hall where they once worked and stage a show there. Cast: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder. French dialogue; English subtitles. Rated PG-13

The Proposal

High-powered book editor Maggie is everyone’s worst nightmare: ruthless, driven, and tactless. When she finds herself faced with deportation back to Canada, she coerces her much younger assistant into marrying her. However, when the government becomes suspicious, they embark upon a charade in order to make the marriage seem legitimate. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White. Rated PG-13


Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, a shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer, Saffron Burrows, Jack Huston, Pell James, Laura Ramsey, Dallas Roberts, Robert Loggia. Rated R


A baseball player from the Dominican Republic struggles to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Cast: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Porterfield, Jaime Tirelli, Jose Rijo, Michael Gaston, Alina Vargas, Richard Bull, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, Joendy Pena Brown. Spanish and Portuguese dialogue, English subtitles. Rated PG-13

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

When college-bound Sam Witwicky learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers, he must accept his destiny and join Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in their epic battle against the Decepticons. As the battle for Earth continues, the Decepticon forces have returned stronger than ever with a plan to destroy our world. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro. Rated PG-13

Twelve Rounds

When New Orleans Police Detective Danny Fisher stops a brilliant thief from getting away with a multimillion-dollar heist, the thief’s girlfriend is accidentally killed. When the thief escapes from prison, he seeks revenge on Danny, taunting him with 12 rounds of nearly-impossible puzzles and tasks that he must complete in order to save the life of the woman he loves. Cast: John Cena, Aidan Gillen, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris, Brian White. Rated PG-13