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'Observe and Report'; 'Battle for Terra'; 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'; 'The Mentalist'; 'Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death'

September 20, 2009|Noel Murray

Observe and Report

Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99

Those with darker tastes in comedy than "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" should take a shine to "Observe and Report," a different kind of mall cop movie, starring Seth Rogen as a security guard whose sense of self-importance borders on psychotic. Written and directed by Jody Hill -- one of the people responsible for the raunchy HBO series "Eastbound & Down" -- "Observe and Report" is about characters so gruff that they're not always that fun to be around. But they are funny, in their way. The Blu-ray edition is even funnier, thanks to deleted scenes, outtakes and a picture-in-picture commentary track with Hill, Rogen and costar Anna Faris. The DVD contains no extras.

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99

The idea of remaking "A Christmas Carol" as a romantic comedy is a fine one, but not much else goes right with "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," an obvious movie weighed down by Matthew McConaughey's unctuous performance as a misogynistic Lothario. "Ghosts" asks the audience to believe that women are dumb enough to fall for such an insincere jerk, and then it asks us to care whether this stooge gets redeemed. Unlikely on all counts. But for those who want to take the ride -- and who have Blu-ray players -- Warner Bros. has padded the experience with deleted scenes and featurettes.

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Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Lionsgate, $14.98

Nick Park's claymation favorites Wallace and Gromit return to the realm of the 30-minute short. Here, the dim Englishman and his intrepid pooch try to determine the identity of a murderer who's killing off bakers. As always, Park's designs are cute, his storytelling clever and his action-packed climax is as exciting as any studio blockbuster. The DVD includes a Park commentary and making-of featurette.

All titles available Tuesday.

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