No less than three new films released this week on DVD are good enough to be Criticker Picks. That doesn’t happen very often — Hollywood’s giving us plenty of quality options for Christmas. Inception is the one which everyone has likely seen, but don’t miss out on Sebastian Junger’s war documentary Restrepo, about a group of American soldiers defending Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan. Rounding out the week of excellence is France’s Mademoiselle Chambon, about a simple family man who starts to fall for his son’s teacher.
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset. Inception @ Amazon
Shrek Forever After – Average Tier 4.45
A bored and domesticated Shrek pacts with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he’s duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away — where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are hunted, and he and Fiona have never met — he sets out to restore his world and reclaim his true love. Shrek Forever After @ Amazon
A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Restrepo @ Amazon
Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son’s homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon’s request, he volunteers as substitute teacher and starts to fall for her delicate and elegant charm. His ordinary life between family and work starts to falter. Mademoiselle Chambon @ Amazon
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel – Average Tier 5.00
A look at the battles Hugh Hefner fought with the government, religious right, and other forces in the early days of the Playboy empire. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel @ Amazon