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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: 127 Hours of Bambi, Burlesque, Love & Other Drugs

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By Chris Kavan - 03/01/11 at 10:22 AM CT

Let the post-Oscar deluge of nominees and winners begin! Expect quite a few movies over the coming weeks to be names that are familiar to many people: mainly because they were up for at least a few awards and are capitalizing on that to get a nice push in sales. That being said...

1) This week's leading release has to be James Franco's harrowing adventure under a rock: 127 Hours. Sure, he didn't win the award and he was kind of out if it as a host, but anyone who can carry a film like this on his shoulders, well, that's worth a watch for sure. Plus Danny Boyle directs, and I've been happy with his previous efforts.

2) Disney fans, the vaults are open, so pick up the Blu-Ray releases of Bambi before they lock it down tight again. Whoever had the brilliant idea to stagger these releases is a marketing genius - by the time Blu-Ray is replaced by something better, they can do this all over again. Anyway, Bambi is a classic Disney film - it's not on the top of my list, but certainly has one of the better messages.

3) If you need a little action in your life, Dwayne Johnson is here to make it all better. While Faster is sure to be a typical action film: all brawn no brains, I bet it gets the job done in the entertainment department. Plus, it's nice for The Rock to get back to being a badass - I would take this over him being a babysitter any day.

4) Let's do a complete 180 and make the women happy. First, if you're in to romantic comedies, the duo of Jake Gyllenhaal and the really peppy Oscar host Anne Hathaway are here to salve the wounds with Love & Other Drugs. Despite having only a middling box office, I have to admit the pair do look good together. Maybe Jake should have been the other host.

5) And if you're into musicals, you can go with Burlesque instead. This is another film I myself have absolutely no desire to see - just like Moulin Rouge, it's just not my type of film. But if the idea of seeing Cher back on the big screen thrills you, then by all means, rip into this one.

On the Blu-Ray front there are only a couple offerings that, depending on taste, you may or may not find the time for. First up is a comedy that was reviled when it first came out, but I think is actually a decent dark comedy and is definitely not as bad as advertised: Jim Carrey's The Cable Guy. Now, it's not the greatest comedy ever, nor even Carrey's best, but I find it much more appealing today than Ace Ventura or The Mask, which haven't aged well in my mind. Second is George Clooney having fun before he had to get all serious on us in Out of Sight. You do have to deal with J. Lo, however, so watch at your own risk.

You can find information on these movies and more an the FilmCrave New DVD Releases and FilmCrave New Blu-Ray Releases pages today.

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