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Welcome to The Morning Read.
It's Tuesday morning, so that means we kick the column off today with our "On The Shelf" round-up of everything of note that's hitting home video today. It's still not a great week, but it's better than last week was, and there are a few things I'll absolutely be picking up.
This is the first season I didn't watch "Weeds" while it was being broadcast, so I'm looking forward to catching up with "Weeds: Season Four" on BluRay. I wish I was a bigger fan of "Defiance" or "Revolutionary Road" so I could be excited about their release this week. Those are probably the two highest profile releases today. Maybe "He's Just Not That Into You," the chick flickstravaganza starring everyone working in Hollywood today. The Kenneth Branagh BBC release "Wallander" is of extra interest to geeks this week since it costars Tom Hiddleston, who'll be playing Loki for Branagh in the Marvel Studios film "Thor." If you're looking for catalog releases on BluRay, it's a big mixed bag of a day. Titles include "Air Force One," "The Graduate," "Glory," "Roadhouse," "Inside Man," "Out Of Time," "Anaconda," "Fletch." and the first one I'm going out of my way to find, "To Live And Die In LA." Even though it's DVD only, I'm going to pick up "Tender Mercies," a film I really like, but that I haven't seen in a while. I thought "Thrilla In Manilla" was a fascinating documentary at Sundance this year, another telling of the story of the fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and the first to ever make me question my unblinking support of Ali in all matters. Also at Sundance, but not nearly as good, as the comedy "Spring Breakdown," with Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch. It's not the worst thing I've ever seen, but it's so hit or miss that I would have a hard time recommending it. Finally, I'm not sure I'll ever have the spare scratch for the 10-BluRay box of "Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1," but I've got my eye on it in case I just go crazy one day and start swiping my credit card randomly.
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