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New on DVD: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Posted 10:39am on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen made one of his periodic returns to commercial status and also scored some of his highest marks with critics in years on this romance set in Spain. Allen collaborates for the third time with Scarlett Johansson, who stars as an adventurous American on vacation in Spain with a staid pal (Rebecca Hall), the two of them caught up in a love quadrangle with a lusty painter (Javier Bardem) and his volatile ex-wife (Penelope Cruz). Fans will have to do without DVD extras, as Allen prefers to let his movies speak for themselves. DVD, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.99. (Genius)

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Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys

(2008, PG-13, $29.95) Perry prides himself on leaving out the sex and violence and making movies the whole family can enjoy. It’s hard to imagine families enjoying this one, though. Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodward) have been best friends for 30 years and are matriarchs of two very different families. They do have one thing in common: They’ve both given birth to some of the most unpleasant movie characters in recent history. A feature on the film’s New Orleans setting and deleted scenes are two of the extras.

— Scott Von Doviak, Special to DFW.com

Appaloosa

(2008, R, $28.98-$35.99) With his flinty, old-school screen presence, Ed Harris seems a good candidate to spark a Western revival. While his adaptation of Robert B. Parker’s novel Appaloosa ultimately stumbles, it has much to recommend it along the way. For its first hour or so, it’s a crisply paced pleasure, mostly thanks to the interplay between Harris and Viggo Mortensen. After that, however, it starts to drag, largely thanks to the miscast Renee Zellweger. The DVDs include many background features and deleted scenes.

— Scott Von Doviak, Special to DFW.com

Swing Vote

(2008, PG-13, 29.99-$34.99) This ode to the working poor also happens to be the most condescending movie of last year. Kevin Costner plays Bud Johnson, a newly unemployed factory worker whose daughter insists that he vote in the presidential election. But instead of showing up at the polling place, Bud gets drunk, bangs his head and passes out. Molly decides to illegally cast a vote in Bud’s name, at which point the voting machine malfunctions and the unrecorded vote ends up being the deciding one in the most hotly contested election in history. DVDs feature deleted and extended scenes and commentary.

— Christopher Kelly, DFW.com

My Best Friend's Girl

Kate Hudson is at the center of a love triangle between the guy she dumped (Jason Biggs) and his best buddy (Dane Cook). The movie is available in the R-rated theatrical version or an unrated cut. DVD and Blu-ray extras include deleted scenes, commentary with Biggs and a handful of featurettes. DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99. (Lionsgate)

— Associated Press

Mirrors

Kiefer Sutherland stars as a disgraced ex-cop whose new job as watchman at a defunct department store hurls him into a supernatural mystery as terrifying images in the building's mirrors threaten his family. Along with the R-rated theatrical cut, the DVD and Blu-ray include an unrated extended version of the horror flick. Among other extras are an alternate ending, deleted footage accompanied by commentary with director Alexandre Aja and a few making-of segments. The Blu-ray release also has a digital copy of the movie for portable video players. DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99. (20th Century Fox)

— Associated Press

TV on DVD

"Dallas: The Complete Tenth Season" — J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and his scheming relations are back in the prime-time soap set among a wealthy Texas oil family. The three-disc set has year 10's 29 episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)

"Walker, Texas Ranger: The Sixth Season" — Chuck Norris saddles up again as a modern lawman with an Old West, no-nonsense approach to fighting crooks. Season six's 25 episodes are packed in a six-disc set. DVD set, $49.99. (Paramount)

"Matlock: The Second Season" — Andy Griffith helped give old-timers a good name with his legal drama about a gruff Southern defense attorney. A six-disc set features year two's 23 episodes. DVD set, $49.99. (Paramount)

"Reba: Season Five" — Reba McEntire returns as a single mom trying to hold her family, career and personal life together. The fifth year's 22 episodes come in a two-disc set. DVD set, $29.99. (20th Century Fox)

"Lovejoy: The Complete Season Four" — Ian McShane resumes his dual gig as an antiques dealer who solves crimes on the side in this British mystery series. The four-disc set has season four's 13 episodes plus a chat with McShane. DVD set, $69.98. (BBC)

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