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January 31, 2008

'Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (To Rob a Thief)'



Shot in Los Angeles, this slick and fast-paced action-comedy is the first theatrical film made in Spanish for the U.S. Spanish-language market. Featuring a cast made up of telenovela stars, the caper is about two thieves (Fernando Colunga and Miquel Varoni) who put together a band of immigrants posing as chauffeurs, gardeners, maids and repair people as they try to rob a millionaire TV infomercial maker who made his money by selling worthless health products to poor Latinos. The DVD includes an audio commentary with director Joe Menendez and writer/actor Jose Angel Henrickson, a making-of feature, deleted scenes and a documentary on composer Andres Levin. Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. (Lionsgate, $19.98, rated PG-13)

- McClatchy Newspapers

'El Cid'



The 1961 historical epic stars Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren in the adventure of a Spanish warrior who drives the Moors from his homeland. The film comes in a regular two-disc set or a collector's edition, both featuring commentary with the son of producer Sam Bronston, radio interviews with the stars, an introduction by Heston and featurettes that include a glimpse of director Anthony Mann. The collector's edition boxed set also has a written introduction by Martin Scorsese, six production stills and reproductions of an "El Cid" comic book and a souvenir program for the film's release. DVD set, $24.95; "Collector's Edition" DVD set, $39.92. (Genius)

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- By The Associated Press

'The Invasion'



Even with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig headlining, this sci-fi update was unable to replicate the commercial success of earlier incarnations of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Kidman stars as a psychiatrist who teams with colleague Craig to uncover the truth about an alien menace in which humans are taken over and turned into robot-like pod people. The DVD and Blu-ray high-definition releases come with four featurettes examining how the filmmakers updated a story that has captivated Hollywood since the 1950s original. A combination disc with both standard DVD and HD DVD versions is due out Feb. 19. DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray and HD DVD combo discs, $35.99 each. (Warner Bros.)

- By The Associated Press

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