Xbox Live Video Marketplace (Xbox 360)
The World's Fastest Indian (320 ($4) SD to rent)
Anthony Hopkins shows us why he's one of the world's best actors in this true story about an old man determined to push the limits of his motorcycle, and himself. Even though everyone keeps telling he's too old, he keeps pushing ahead. When he's denied a racing permit, he decides to do it anyhow. He also does it on all on a rebuilt 1920 Indian motorcycle It's a simple, yet touching film about human spirit and perseverance that doesn't feature any real shocking twists, turns or surprises, but it'll make you forget that Hopkins formerly played a character who wouldn't mind dining on your liver.
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I didn't want to like Bolt, and it would have been standard Disney animated fare if not for that freaking hamster. Rhino is one of the best characters to come out of any movie, animated, live-action or otherwise, in a long time. What's even better is that the animator Mark Walton recorded his lines as a temp track, and they liked them so much that they kept him in the film. Even more bizarre is the fact that the design for Rhino in his plastic ball was based on the look of John Lasseter's pet Chinchilla, and the animation team adopted a hamster to study for the film. They named him Doink. The movie is fun, charming and might even jerk a tear or two out of gamer's battle-hardened eyes.
PlayStation Store (PlayStation 3 or PSP)
Seventh Moon ($4.50 HD, $2.99 SD to rent, $9.99 SD to own)
How do you follow up The Blair Witch Project? Apparently by waiting nearly 10 years to return to horror. Director Eduardo Sanchez has been notably silent since Blair Witch tore up movie charts in 1999 as a surprise hit (Paranormal Activity, anyone?). He directed the forgettable Altered in 2006, but Seventh Moon is a fine return to the horror genre and genuinely terrifying. And I'm not just talking about Amy Smart's acting ability and top billing on the movie poster. Film follows a young couple on their honeymoon in China, and things of course go horribly wrong. There are some actually decent scares here, and should be on your Halloween horror radar.
Blu-ray Disc (PlayStation 3)
The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition ($84.99 MSRP, lower at many retailers. Currently $49.49 at Amazon)
Everyone has a secret guilty pleasure that they keep behind closed doors. Sometimes, you have to let that secret out and just go with it. Mine is that I love old Hollywood movies, and yes, that includes musicals. Next to Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz is my one of my favorite movies, and it has never looked this good. Not even when it screened in theaters. Seriously, there are details in this transfer (they call the process UltraResolution) that you've never seen before. This Blu-ray edition has been spectacularly restored, features enough archival material to keep you occupied for days, and comes with a wristwatch, a miniature coffee table book, and reproductions of the original 1939 press materials, as well as a copy of the budget. Yes, the budget. Bizarre but true.
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