New on DVD 6/19/08

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Fool's Gold"

"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, who team up for another romance, this one a lame tale that sends them on a treasure hunt in the Caribbean. McConaughey and Hudson play a recently divorced couple tossed back together as they find clues to the whereabouts of a Spanish ship that went down at sea with a trove of riches.

"Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"

Martin Lawrence stars in a family reunion comedy that seems to have misplaced the comedy part. Loaded with gross gags, bad dialogue and unfunny quarrels among relations, the movie features Lawrence as a successful author and TV personality who comes home to Georgia for the 50th-anniversary bash of his parents (James Earl Jones and Margaret Avery, whose talents go utterly wasted) and ends up back in an old rivalry with his brazen cousin (Cedric the Entertainer).

"Be Kind Rewind"

In a clever premise, Jack Black stars as an inept video-store clerk whose encounter with an electromagnetic field results in the erasure of all the movies at the shop where he works, prompting him to enlist his buddy (Mos Def) to reshoot all the films and foist off their amateur efforts on unsuspecting customers. The DVD has both widescreen and full-screen versions but only a featurette on Passaic, N.J., the setting for the story, as an extra.

"The Sword in the Stone," "The Jungle Book 2"

Two Disney animated tales return to DVD, led by a 45th-anniversary edition of "The Sword in the Stone," a musical about the early years of a boy named Wart, destined to become Britain's legendary King Arthur. The new edition comes with a couple of medieval-themed cartoon shorts featuring Disney standard-bearers Mickey Mouse and Goofy and a profile of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, who wrote songs and music for many Disney adventures. "The Jungle Book 2," Disney's follow-up to its classic Rudyard Kipling adaptation, features Haley Joel Osment providing the voice of Mowgli, the boy raised in the wild.

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