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New on DVD: Thriller, comedy, family-fun

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Entertainment Guru George Pennacchio runs down what's new on DVD."Kick Ass" is about an ordinary teenager and rabid comic book fan who decides to change his life by becoming a no-nonsense super hero.

The fact he has no training or super powers doesn't phase him in the least. And he's not the only character fed-up with an ordinary life.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" takes us back to the chaotic life of middle school where wedgies and bullies are getting pretty old.

One day, the film's "Wimpy kid" devises a series of schemes to get the status he feels he deserves in this PG-rated family film.

Director Roman Polanski's latest thriller is "The Ghost Writer." Ewan McGregor plays a successful writer hired for a big job: complete the memoirs of a prominent British politician, played by Pierce Brosnan.

While doing research for his new job, McGregor's character uncovers some secrets about the politician that put his life in danger.

Paramount is re-releasing the R-rated "Road to Perdition."

But this time, the Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law drama features more than an hour of new bonus material, including commentary and scenes deleted from the theatrical release.

And from the classics shelf is "The Kim Novak Collection."

It features five films starring the lavender blonde of the 1950s. Among the movies: "Picnic," "Pal Joey" and "Bell, Book and Candle."

The collection also includes photographs and personal stories from Novak.

And finally Elvis is in the DVD house in the newly restored and re-mastered documentary, "Elvis on Tour." The film follows Elvis in 1972 on a 15 city tour of the U.S. It includes 25 musical numbers.

And that's what's new on DVD.


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