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The Host

DVD Release Date: July 24, Magnolia Pictures

This South Korean film may sound like Godzilla on steroids—after all, a giant, slimy, man-eating beastie slithers out of the water to terrorize the cities along the Han River—but director Bong Joon-ho’s vision is much more ambitious than your average monster-movie creator’s. He manages to stuff his movie full of everything from one family’s specific, emotional troubles to a scathing critique of government efficacy during national crises—and works in more than a few creepy scares as well. No wonder Logan Hill of New York magazine called it,  “One of the greatest monster movies ever made.” (And he may be right!)

 

 

 

Zodiac

DVD Release Date: July 24, Paramount Home Video

How director David Fincher managed to make a thoroughly satisfying serial-killer flick without the big payoff—after all, no one really knows who the Zodiac killer is—might be the biggest mystery of the film. Fincher heightens the intensity of the search by giving most of the investigation to the character of Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a bookish cartoonist who becomes obsessed—along with the audience—with outing Zodiac’s identity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras: The Complete First Two Seasons

DVD Release Date: July 10, HBO Home Video

With this British series, twisted TV gurus Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant team up to ridicule show business the way their previous series, the original UK version of The Office, satirized corporate culture. Gervais stars as Andy Millman, an unlucky extra desperate for a big break, but some of the biggest laughs of this cringe-worthy comedy come from big stars who are game for some self-deprecating cameos: think Kate Winslet as a foul-mouthed actress desperate for an Oscar or Daniel Radcliffe as a shameless skirt-chaser.

 

 

 

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