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DVDs to buy with your holiday gift cards.
The Simpsons: The Complete 20th Season
DVD Release Date: January 12, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
It’s hard to believe that The Simpsons pre-dates grunge music and Google, but here it is celebrating its second decade—and it’s still improving. The 20th season is the first to feature episodes in HD. Also look for guest appearances by such stars as Emily Blunt, Fall Out Boy, Jodie Foster, and Westchester’s Will Shortz.
DVD Release Date: January 12, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Who says sci-fi films have to include CGI aliens and warring starships? In Moon, directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie’s son), one lonely astronaut is left to man a broken-down lunar space station, with nothing but his friendly computer system (with a voice by Kevin Spacey) to keep him company. Turns out, extended isolation and employment under a crooked corporation could be more disturbing and disastrous than CGI aliens.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
DVD Release Date: January 5, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In this computer-animated movie, based on the much quieter children’s book, a machine that turns water into food runs amok and creates food-related weather disasters to rival the setpieces in 2012. But, with a voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Neil Patrick Harris, and even Mr. T, spaghetti tornadoes and marauding gummy bears are more hilarious than harrowing. Kids can get into the action and “throw” food at the TV screen with the DVD’s interactive “splat” button.
DVD Release Date: January 26
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Even if you haven’t gone to see any of the Suburbia Roller Derby’s home bouts, you still can enjoy this tale of a teenage rebel trying to buck the pageant lifestyle for something a little bit more adrenaline-filled. Directed by Drew Barrymore—her first feature—the film is great for those seeking female-driven entertainment where the protagonists do more than just pine boys and nurse their heartbreaks. (Sorry, Twilight.)
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