New on DVD

New on DVD

Eastbound and Down: The Complete First Season
Unrated but appropriate for 17+
Available on DVD

In this new HBO comedy, Danny McBride is Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball player that lived a little too hard and who has now lost his pitch.  Since he has also lost all his friends and his money, he has gone home to live with his brother, where he takes a swing at substitute teaching.  With zero humility and an uncontrollable urge to do and say the wrong thing to everyone he meets, Kenny finds himself in one ridiculous mess after another.  Will Ferrell produces and costars in this six-episode season that is a must-see for comedy fans.  A

The Unborn
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images, thematic material, and language including some sexual references
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

When a scary little boy starts haunting a beautiful girl that likes to walk around in her underwear, she enlists the help of a rabbi and a priest to help her exercise him.  I know this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s not.  Believe it or not, the movie is written and directed by David Goyer, the writer of Dark Knight.  Just shows that not everyone’s movies are perfect.  At least the girl gives you something lovely to look at for 90 minutes.  C-

Two Lovers
Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Before Joaquin Phoenix fell off the deep end he made this kind of depressing, but lovely love story with Gwyneth Paltrow.  As a lonely man living in New York City, he develops a relationship with two women – one that he can have and one he can’t.  Of course he really only wants the one he can’t.  The performances are very good, but be prepared for a moody experience.  And while the characters have a deep sadness to them, I didn’t empathize, but merely felt sorry for them.  I also was happy I wasn’t in their shoes.  B

The Mafia: The Cold Blooded History of the Mob
Unrated but contains very violent content
Available on DVD

If you are like me and you have learned all of your mafia knowledge from Coppola and Scorsese films, then you will really welcome this History Channel series of documentaries of the mafia in America.  Covering everything from prohibition years to the Gambinos, this is a 10 hour, very comprehensive look at the history behind the legends behind some of our favorite stories and movies.   B+

The Universe: The Complete Season Two
Available on Blu-ray

This highly technical History Channel program makes its Blu-ray debut and while I didn’t understand much of it, I still found it interesting, and moreover – stunning to look at.  If you are looking for something like Planet Earth – this isn’t it.  This is hard core science and lots of it.  But who knows – if you let your kids veg out in front of this you might just end up with an Einstein on your hands.  B-