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New on Home Video: "Robin Hood" No, "Secret in Their Eyes" Yes

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    NEWSLETTERS

    This week's new movies on home video include a couple of Oscar winners, a box-office boondoggle, an art-house miss, a few direct-to-video curiosities, a timeless classic and some old-school actioner fluff. Let's take a look at the top 10 new releases of the week...
     
    “Robin Hood” (2010)
    Much of what’s wrong with “Robin Hood” could have been solved if they had renamed the hero and his posse and called the film “Magna Carta.” What could’ve been sold as an epic about the first flickers of the rule of law instead comes off as a not-quite satisfying retooling of a familiar legend that leaves one wondering, ”Where’s all the archery?” On Blu-ray and DVD, read our full review and watch the trailer

    

“The Secret in Their Eyes” (2010)
    From Argentina comes the 2010 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a taut murder mystery cum romance that cuts no corners as it moves seamlessly back and forth across 25 years in an effort to unearth the truth behind a horrible crime and the whereabouts of a monster. 
On Blu-ray and DVD, read our full review and watch the trailer

    "Robin Hood"

    [NATL] "Robin Hood"
    Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott are together again in what looks and feels suspiciously like "Gladiator" if you were to trade in swords and Rome for bows and England.

    

“Ondine” (2010)

    Colin Farrell stars in this film from director Neil Jordan about a down-on-his-luck Irish fisherman who one day finds a curious thing in his nets -- a beautiful woman who's nearly drowned. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    

“Calvin Marshall” (2010)
    A coming-of-age comedy about a not-quite-good-enough college baseball player, co-stars Steve Zahn as his exasperated coach. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    "The Secret in Their Eyes"

    [NATL] "The Secret in Their Eyes"
    A 25-year-old mystery drags an investigator out of retirement and rekindles a long-dormant romance in the Argentinean movie that earlier this year won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

    

“The Experiment” (2010)
    Adrien Brody and Forest Whittaker star in this remake of the 2001 German film "Das Experiment," inspired by the horrifying tests conducted conducted in 1971 at Stanford University, where a group of psychiatrists constructed a make-believe prison in a basement and gathered some two dozen subjects to take the roles of prisoners and guards. Things got ugly pretty quick. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    

“Racing Dreams” (2010)

    Documentarain Marshall Curry follows three kids who race souped go-karts in pursuit of their dreams of joining the NASCAR circuit and become the next Dale Earnhardt. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    Colin Farrell Catches a Mermaid in "Ondine"

    [NATL] Colin Farrell Catches a Mermaid in "Ondine"
    Check out the oven-fresh trailer for Colin Farrell's new film, directed by Oscar winner Neil Jordan, based on a German fairy tale, about a fisherman who catches in his net a beautiful woman whom he believes to be a mermaid. It opens in the UK next month, but will likely make it stateside soon enough.

    

“American Beauty” (1999)
    Call it "Ordinary People 2.0," a film that was considered a searing portrait of suburban ennui, in which the most famous scene features a plastic bag twisting in the wind -- it seemed so deep at the time. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening star in director Sam Mendes film that won Best Picture, Actor, Director, Cinematographer and Original Screenplay at the 2000 Oscars. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    

“The Peacemaker” (1997)
    Long before anybody took them all that seriously, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman co-starred in this dopey action film about stolen Russian missiles about to fall into the hands of terrorists. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    

“Vigilante” (1983)

    Robert Forster and Fred Williamson star in this Battle for the Streets of New York action-fest. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

    

“Charade” (The Criterion Collection, 1963)
    Audrey Hepburn and Cary grant star in one of the great romantic spy thriller of all time, about a widow being followed by numerous strange men out to get their hands on the fortune that was hidden away by her late husband. On Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer