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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Dragons & Cowboys & Stones, Oh My!

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By Chris Kavan - 10/12/10 at 10:46 AM CT

While the sheer number of films pales in comparison to last week's bounty, this week still has some good things going for it.

1) The top get for this week has to be How to Train Your Dragon. It looks like this is a decent movie for both parents and kids. Since I haven't seen it, I can't say how it stands up to Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, but it looks like it would hold up relatively well.

2) As a big fan of the Rolling Stones, it is with great pleasure that I welcome Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones into the fold. Considered to showcase the Rolling Stones at the top of their game, the searing performances and collaborations are gold for any fan of the Stones or rock music in general.

3) The Criterion Collection has been good for director Wes Anderson, and they once again welcome him back with the release of The Darjeeling Limited. I'll level with you: you're either a fan of Wes Anderson, or you're not. I happen to be a fan and already own his other films on Criterion, so this one is going to be no exception. While I can't say it's as good as Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, he still knows how to make a quirky story work, and can put together one mean soundtrack.

4) I don't have a lot of good things to say about Jonah Hex other than I hope they eventually releases a director's cut that might allow this movie to make sense because the editing is truly horrific the way it stands. Not even the hotness of Megan Fox can make up for the rest of the film.

5) While I haven't heard much about Leaves of Grass, the premise seems to solid, plus you get twice the Edward Norton! Plus it's a thinking man's film, combined with a gritty crime drama combined with comedy. One of them is bound to get it right.

On the Blu-Ray front the best of the releases looks to be the Iraq war drama Three Kings. While it doesn't have as much punch as, say, The Hurt Locker, it is still a great drama with solid performances. Also, just in time for the holidays, is the mega The Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Santa Claus is Comin' to Town / Frosty the Snowman / Frosty Returns) box set. I always liked Rudolph the best. If you like a little violence to go with your cannibalism, then you can appreciate Red Dragon. Not as good as Silence of the Lambs, but better than Hannibal. Finally, if you missed it the first time around, make sure to pick up The Hangover (Extreme Edition). Not sure how much more they add, but it's an original comedy that actually delivers.

There you have it - my picks for the best of the week. To see the complete list, visit the FilmCrave New DVD Releases and the FilmCrave New Blu-Ray Releases pages today.

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