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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)
Nanking
How She Move
All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla's Revenge)
Terror of Mechagodzilla

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OMG, I am so excited about Big and Carrie getting married! Oh, wait. No, I'm not. | Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

Sarah Jessica Parker will always be the fetching Rusty in Footloose to me, but to the rest of the civilized world she is perpetually Carrie Bradshaw. In fact, when was the last time an actor and a particular role were so completely conflated? Anyway, with Sex and the City: The Movie so near on the horizon I guess it's time for other companies to start pumping out their Sarah Jessica Parker product to see if they can get a bump. Girls Just Want to Have Fun is one such movie. If you're a fan of the moronic The Secret, then The Flowering of Human Consciousness might be a nice ancillary buy. As for the Harmonic Wealth DVD, here's an idea for increasing your supply of money--don't spend almost $700 on a fucking DVD!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Joseph Campbell - Mythos II
King Corn
The Flowering of Human Consciousness: Everyone's Life Purpose
Zappa Plays Zappa (Brilliant Box)
Jihad, USA: Homegrown Terror
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
The Beast in Space (Unrated Version)
Harmonic Wealth Home Study Course
Sex Culture of Ancient China (5 DVDs)