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Children of Men, Happy Feet, The Pursuit of Happyness: Region 1 DVD Releases for March 27th, 2007

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This week: Two of my favorite films of 2006.

Children of Men

Quite simply the best film of 2006, Children of Men lunges at you with tour de force filmmaking (read: tracking shots that are impossible) and a powerful story with one of the best dystopias this side of Blade Runner. The film's tone, which can only be described as high-octane moodiness, is punctuated by a surprising amount of wit. Director Alfonso Cuaron has outdone himself, which is saying a lot since he came out of the gate with Y Tu Mama Tambien. Extras include comments by Slavoj Žižek.

Happy Feet

Quite simply the ninth best film of 2006, Happy Feet takes you by surprise, that is, if you were expecting a cheesy movie about dancing penguins. There are dancing penguins, to be sure, but the pop cultural sensibility of this film is more Moulin Rouge than Robots. George Miller once again shows that a cheesy premise (Babe, Babe: Pig in the City) need not make for a cheesy film. Extras include new animated sequences.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Haven't seen it so I couldn't tell you where it ranks, but word on the street is this is Will Smith's best performance since Six Degrees of Separation (a must see) and his kid's not too shabby, either. Extras include a conversation with the man who started it all, Chris Gardner, and a featurette on the Rubik's Cube, although for my money this is the best commentary on that toy's involvement in the trailer. 

Turistas (Unrated Edition)

Proof that just making a movie where teens get slaughtered doesn't guarantee a solid box office, Turistas basically takes Hostel, sets it in Brazil, and makes about a sixth of the gross. Extras include commentary by director John Stockwell, who also directed Blue Crush, Into the Blue and Crazy/Beautiful, lucky bastard.

Curse of the Golden Flower

Yimou Zhang's latest didn't get nearly the near-unanimous critical plaudits of, say, Hero or House of Flying Daggers, but it does what appear to be flying ninjas and Gong Li's breasts on full display, so I don't see how you can't buy it. Extras appear to be pretty slim, limited to a making-of featurette and footage from the L.A. premiere. But did you forget the part where there are flying ninjas?

In this week's long list: Heath Ledger gets high and one of the world's greatest actors pretends to be one of the world's greatest directors.

10 Violent Women

15° Off Cool

20 Fingers

42nd Street Forever: XXX-Treme Special Edition (2007)

50s TV Comedy Double Feature: Life of Riley/Our Miss Brooks

6-Piece Easter Clip Strip

60 Minutes – Simon Cowell (March 18, 2007)

60 Minutes – The Killings in Haditha (March 18 2007)

7 a.k.a. JUNGLE SPIRIT

7th Heaven – The Complete Fourth Season

80's Disco Stars & Hits

Actiongirls.com: Water and Fitness

The Addams Family – Volume 2

Adventures of Don Juan

After Dark Horror Fest

Collection of horror flicks that played nationwide for one weekend last fall. 

Albert Fish

America's Funniest Comics – Jamie Foxx

Another Sky

Argentine Tango – Tango Milonguero / Marie Claude Martin

Arizona Thunderbolt Aka Arizona Mahoney (B&W)

Art School Confidential

Johann Strauss: Aschenbrödel [DVD Video]

Bacilos En Vivo

Bach to Bach [DVD Video]

Basilisk, Vol. 6: Fate's Finest Hour (Limited Edition)

Basilisk, Vol. 6: Fate's Finest Hour

Battle Beyond the Sun

Battle of the Brave

Beatles & Friends: Yesterday

The Beatles, Hamburg and the Hamburg Sound

The Best of Flatt and Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 1

The Best of Flatt and Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 2

Bikini Brawl, Vol. 2: Battling Babes

Bleach, Volume 3: The Substitute (Episodes 9-12)

The Blonde Comet

Blu-Ray Starter Set including 'A View From Space' & 'New Orleans Concert''

Blue Bird

Blues Greats – B.B. King, et al.

Bob's Top Team – Bob the Builder

Body

Bottom of the Ninth

Buddha's Palm

A Bullet for the General

Burst Angel Box Set

Candy

Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish get all druggy and self-destructive. 

Carroll Shelby: A Heart of Performance

Cast Away (Special Edition Director's Cut)

Celtic Tides – A Musical Odyssey

The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Cherry Orchard (1981 and 1962 Versions)

Child

Children of Men (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD/Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition)

Children of War: The Evacuees

Chronicles of Narnia – Silver Chair (1990)

Cimarosa – Il Matrimonio Segreto

Cinema of Death

City by the Battlefield: A Film About Fredericksburg Skateboarding

Clarkson – Heaven & Hell

Cold Harbor

Color Me Kubrick

Didn't this just come out in theaters? John Malkovich plays a guy who actually pretended to be Kubrick during the filming of Eyes Wide Shut

Combat Comedy Tour

Comeback Season

Comic Legends – Groucho Marx & Redd Foxx

Complete Absolute Beginners Guitar Course

Concierto – Luis Miguel

Concierto – Timbiriche

Confessions of a Thug

The Corpse Grinders

The Corpse Grinders 2

Coyote Ragtime Show, Vol. 2: Cliffhanger

Crafty Fun

Curse of the Golden Flower

Curse of the Golden Flower (UMD)

Damned If You Don't: A Film by Su Friedrich

Dance Lessons – Bailar Salsa a lo Cubano

Dancing for Dollars: Bolshoi in Vegas & Kirov in St. Petersburg

Dark Circle

Dark Ride – After Dark Horror Fest

The Dawn Patrol

Deep Sea (IMAX)

Dick Van Dyke – In Rare Form

Digital Golf School: The Short Game

Digital Golf School: The Swing

Dive Bomber

Docurama Film Festival III

Doll Squad

Don Quixote

Don't Stop Perreo

Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor

A Duke Named Ellington

Dust Devil: The Final Cut

DVD – Learn To Play Gospel Keyboard Lessons 9 thru 12

Early Bergman (Torment / Crisis / Port of Call / Thirst / To Joy) (Criterion Collection / Eclipse)

The Eden Formula

El Ausente

El Cortez

El Mofles Y Los Mecanicos (Col)

Encuentros Sexuales de un Taxxist

The Errol Flynn Signature Collection, Vol. 2 (The Charge of the Light Brigade / Gentleman Jim / The Adventures of Don Juan / The Dawn Patrol / Dive Bomber)

Essenshul Video

Eternamente Los Panchos: La Historia

Everglades: Florida's River of Grass

Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974

Family Affair – Season 3

Fantastic Four – World's Greatest Heroes, Volume 1

Fernando de Fuentes: The Revolution Trilogy (Let's Go With Pancho Villa, El Compadre Mendoza, Prisoner 13)

The Films of Luc Moullet: Anatomy of a Relationship & Genesis of a Meal

Fiorello E Baldini Visti Da Dietro

Fire of Love

The Firetrap

Following Sean

The Fortune Code

Frontier Doctor, Vol. 2

Fruits of The Season

Fruits of the Season Compilation

Full House – The Complete First Six Seasons

Full House – The Complete Sixth Season

Funniest Moments of Comedy (6pc)

Funny Money

Gaogaigar, Vol. 4: King of Braves – Hammer of Heroes

Gazzaniga – Don Giovanni

Genshiken: Economy Collection

Gentleman Jim

Gitmo – The New Rules of War

Giuseppe in Warsaw

Goddess of 1967

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Grace Bumbry in Concert

The Gravedancers – After Dark Horrorfest

Great Match

A Guide to Professional Blues Guitar

Guillaera News: Season Two

Gulpilil-One Red Blood

The Guns of Billy the Kid

Gwendoline in Bondage

Hacking Democracy

The Hamiltons – After Dark Horror Fest

Hang: The Manifest Destiny of the Longboard Cult

Happy Feet (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD/Widescreen Edition/Blu-ray)

Haydn – Die Schopfung (The Creation)

HD DVD Starter Set including 'A View From Space' & 'New Orleans Concert

Heartbreak High

Hide and Seek: A Film by Su Friedrich

Hikaru No Go 7: The Young Lions Tournament (Dub & Sub)

Hip Hop Legends

The History Channel Presents Engineering an Empire

Hits of the Disco Girls

House of Magical Sounds / Claudio Abbado

Hundra

I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave

I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave: Official Director's Version

Without the phrase "Official Director's Version," this just doesn't make Title of the Week

In Bed With Madonna

In Caesaria

In Concert

In Dudu's Kindergarten, Vol. 10: Passover

In Goth Daze

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant

Indoor Outdoor Klaw

Inner Peace for Busy People

Inside the Lines

Introduction to the Nikon D40

Its a Long Way to the Top

Jack Hoxie Double Feature: Gold/Gun Law

James Dean: Classic Television Collection

The Jeffersons – The Complete Sixth Season

Joan Sutherland – The Reluctant Prima Donna

Johan Van Der Keuken: Complete Collection, Volume 2 (3pc)

John Prine Live On Soundstage 1980

John Williams – The Seville Concert / John Williams, Paco Pena, Andres Segovia

The Judi Dench Collection

Before you start thinking it's all Shakespeare in Love and Iris, this is actually four decades' worth of BBC productions starring The Dame. 

Juego de Ninos

Jupiter's Dance (2pc) (Bonc Sub Dol)

Keoma

King Kelly of the USA

Knock Out

Kung Fu Mahjong 3-Final Duel

La Casa Loca (Sub)

La Isla Encantada

La Vida Sigue Igual (Col)

Leaders in Battle – Duke of Marlborough

Leaders in Battle – Julius Caesar

Leaders in Battle – Julius Caesar, Oliver Cromwell, Duke of Marlborough, Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson

Leaders in Battle – Oliver Cromwell

Leaders in Battle: Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson

Leona's Sister Gerri

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

The Little Princess

Little Rascals in COLOR! Box Set (3pc)

Little Rascals: Best of Our Gang

Little Rascals: Best of Spanky

Little Rascals: Superstars of Our Gang

Live – Yumuri y Sus Hermanos

Live – Temptations, et al.

Live at Knebworth – Led Zeppelin

Live at the Sunset Junction Street Festival – Millie Jackson

Live in Bristol 05 – Gene Loves Jezebel

Live in Europe – Juan Y Los Van Van Formell

Lock Up

Lola

Los Angeles Lakers 1985 NBA Champions – Return to Glory

Los Apuros De Dos Gallos (Col)

The Lost Steps (Los Pasos Perdidos)

Lung Fung Restaurant

Magic Star Traveler

Magnos:Robot

Major Hubal

Manner Sind Schweine Frauen Aber Auch

March of the Penguins [Blu-ray]

March of the Penguins [HD DVD]

Marilyn Horne in Concert

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – Volume 1

Never really knew much about this show, but it sounds fascinating. 

Mas Bonita Que Ninguna (Col)

Medieval Warfare – Agincourt

Medieval Warfare – The Crusades

Medieval Warfare – Wars of the Roses

Medieval Warfare Boxed Set – The Crusades, Agincourt, Wars of the Roses

Men at Work

Men Suddenly in Black, Vol. 2

Mi Pa Es un Teporocho

Midsomer Murders – Set Eight

Miike Madness, Vol. 2

Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Collector's Edition

MLB Vintage World Series Films – Anaheim Angels 2002

MLB Vintage World Series Films – Toronto Blue Jays 1992 & 1993

Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance – Competitions 1 & 2

Modulate 5.1

Moeyo Ken TV, Vol. 2: Shanghai a Go-Go

Monteverdi – L'Orfeo, L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Boxset)

Music from the Inside Out – Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Music Shoppe

Mystery of the Riverboat (Serial)

N Is a Number: Portrait of Paul Erdos

Naruto, Volume 10: Surviving the Cut

NASA 1967 Aeronautics and Space Reports

Natasha – Natalia Makarova

Nathan Milstein in Portrait (2pc) (Sub)

National Geographic – Relentless Enemies

National Geographic – Relentless Enemies [Blu-ray]

National Geographic – Relentless Enemies [HD DVD]

Nelson Freire in Concert

New Adventures of He-Man Vol. 2

New Rulers of the World – John Pilger

New Sensation – INXS

A Newsreel History of the Third Reich, Vol. 7

Night School

No Middle Ground in the Middle East

Noisy Nora… and More Stories About Mischief (Scholastic Video Collection)

Not for Sale: TV Sheriff and the Trail Buddies

Oceans Deadliest

The Odds of Recovery: A Film by Su Friedrich

Of Civil Wrongs and Rights – The Fred Korematsu Story

Offenbach – Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Old Boyfriends

Omoo Omoo, The Shark God

One Foot in the Grave – Season 1

One Foot in the Grave – Season 2

Only Love Brings Love

Origins of the Mafia

The Panama Deception

Passion of Fashion

The Pebble and the Penguin – Family Fun Edition

Penny Dreadful – After Dark Horror Fest

People Places & Plants (5 Disc Set)

The Perfect Life

Performance – Five Star

Pervert

Peter and the Magic Egg/Dorothy in the Land of Oz

The Phantom in the House

Philidor – Tom Jones

Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 14, 20 & 25 [DVD Video]

The Pickle

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story

Pleyel Double Grand Piano in Concert

The Power of the Mind to Heal

Premium

Princesas

Puccini – Edgar

Puccini – La Rondine

Puccini – Le Villi

Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes

The Pursuit of Happyness (Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition/Blu-ray)

R. Strauss – Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Range Rider, Vol. 5

Reincarnation

Requiem for a Dream & Pi

Richmond, CA Gone Wild, Vol. 1

Rick Steves Italy's Countryside, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Austria and the Alps, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Eastern Europe, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' England, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Europe, 2000-2007: All 70 Shows

Rick Steves' France and Benelux, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Ireland and Scotland, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Italy's Cities, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Spain and Portugal, 2000-2007

Rick Steves' Travel Skills and "The Making of", 2000-2007

River Runs Through It

Rolling Home

Roman

Rome Adventure

Rumbling Hearts, Volume 3

Sadomaster

Saint Ignace Spectacular

Salsa Salsa With Elder Sanchez

Samurai 7 Box Set

Santo Domingo Blues (Spanish)

School for Scoundrels

Series 2 – Ocean Girl

Sex Sells

Sex Sells (Widescreen Unrated Edition)

The Shield – The Complete Fifth Season

Shirley Temple – America's Sweetheart Collection, Vol. 5 (The Little Princess / Stand Up and Cheer / The Blue Bird)

Showgirls

Shutter

Si Mentiras

The Films of Su Friedrich, Vol. 3: Sink or Swim

Sky Racket

Sleepers

A Smile

Solo Under, Vol. 3

Sonic The Hedgehog – The Complete Series

Did anybody else not know that Sonic had his own series? How about Jaleel White? You know, Urkel? Anybody else not know he was one of the voices? 

Stagedoor

Stand Up & Cheer

Stealing Beauty

Steam Around the World: The Eastern European Archives

Step by Design With Carole Paradise

Step One:Teach Yourself Harmonica Course

Steve Irwin: Ocean's Deadliest

Stone Flower

Streets: Los Angeles

Sunsplit

Super Grand Prix

Synken

Tactics, Vol. 4

Tangos Among Friends / Daniel Barenboim, Carlos Gardel

Tap Dancing for Beginners / Henry Le Tang

Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Tempest

Those of you trying to connect John Cassavetes to Molly Ringwald in the movie game, your life just got much easier. 

Terry Bozzio at One World Theater

Texas, Adios

Things That Are Still Here

Three Stooges: Extreme Rarities

Three Stooges: Greatest Routines

The Three Stooges: Swing Parade

Three Stooges: Triple Whammy

Ticket to Paradise

The Films of Su Friedrich, Vol. 1: The Ties That Bind

Tightbound

To Heart, Vol. 1: New Feelings

Tokko – Volume 1

Tomboy Commando

Top of the World

Touched by an Angel – The Fourth Season, Vol. 1

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

Traitors Heart

Trancers

Turistas (Unrated Edition)

Ultimate Fighting Championships, Vol. 61: Bitter Rivals

Ultimate Fighting Championship – Ultimate Iceman – Chuck Liddell

Ultimate Versus

Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible

Unrest – After Dark Horror Fest

Valley of Wanted Men

Van Wilder – The Rise of Taj

Van Wilder – The Rise of Taj (Unrated Edition)

Kal Penn is teaching two courses at Penn next spring.  Think this'll come up? 

The Velveteen Rabbit/The Nightingale

Verdi – Simon Boccanegra

Viaje Fantastico en Globo

Vol. 1-Classics – Dario Argento

Vol. 1-in Concert 101 Songs You Know By Heart – John Mcsweeney

Vol. 3-Best of Imax

Waiting for the Passion

Warriors of Heaven & Earth [Blu-ray]

We Should Take Our Chances

Well-Founded Fear

What Price Crime

Whose Line Is It Anyway (British) – Seasons 1 & 2

Funnier than the American version, with harder games – and that's coming from a guy who really likes the American version. 

Wicked Little Things – After Dark Horror Fest

Wives Under Suspicion

Wordz: A Longboarding Lexicon

Vintage World Series Films: Detroit Tigers 1945, 1968, And 1984

World Wrestling Network Pres: Iwa Puerto Rico

World's Young Ballet / Moscow International Competition, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ludmila Semenyaka, Anna Pavlova

Woyzeck

Yellow Brick Road

Yung Joc: The Jocumentary

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