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DVD Tuesday: Let this be a warning to studio heads!

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One moment later, the young girl was completely devoured by the circus bear. | Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

Readers of The Golden Compass will find a book that severely questions religious authority, venerates childhood sexuality and virtually espouses atheism. Viewers of the film adaptation, however, will find none of these ideas in the movie. By stripping out the elements that made the book so compelling, director Chris Weitz and his partners at New Line produced a limp film that deserved its poor box-office showing. 27 Dresses wasn't great, but it further proved that Katherine Heigl is ready to join the Reese Witherspoon's and Kate Hudson's of the world as a solid, bankable draw. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly made only a ripple at the domestic box-office. It should do much better on DVD as a wider audience discovers this wonderful, heartbreaking film.

The Golden Compass - (New Line Platinum Series Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
27 Dresses
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Red Balloon (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)
White Mane (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)
The Fall Of The Roman Empire (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)
How She Move
All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla's Revenge)
Terror of Mechagodzilla