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New this week on video

February 28, 2008|By McClatchy Newspapers

'Beowulf'

Using a new technique that digitally enhances his actors on screen, director Robert Zemeckis takes the famous Old English epic poem from the 11th century (probably) and makes it an action-adventure film. Ray Winstone (slimmed down by computers) plays the titular warrior who battles the monster Grendel (voiced by Crispin Glover) and his equally dangerous mother (Angelina Jolie - really!). The DVD comes in both unrated and PG-13 versions, plus deleted scenes and five bonus features on the origins, art and design of the movie. (Paramount Home Entertainment, $29.99, rated PG-13 and unrated versions)

'The Darjeeling Limited'

Wes Anderson's film follows his familiar path of locating the humor within dysfunctional families, but this time places three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) in the unfamiliar territory of India, where they are taking a lengthy rail trip after their father's death. The DVD includes the much-downloaded short "Hotel Chevalier," a prequel Anderson shot a year before this movie, featuring Schwartzman and Natalie Portman; and a behind-the-scenes documentary, "The Darjeeling Limited Walking Tour." (Fox Home Entertainment, $29.98, rated R)

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'30 Days of Night'

The frozen and isolated Alaskan town of Barrow is the setting - 30 consecutive days of darkness, you know - for this vampire film starring Josh Hartnett as the town sheriff and Melissa George as his estranged wife and deputy sheriff. All the horror comes with these bonus features: eight short documentaries on the making of the movie and a commentary with director David Slade, producer Rob Tapert and stars Hartnett and George. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $28.95, rated R)

Also new this week:

'Death at a Funeral'
(MGM)

'The Last Emperor'
(Criterion Collection)

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