'Inception,' 'Shrek" set lead latest Blu-ray releases

Doug Nye
McClatchy-Tribune (MCT)

An edge-of-the-seat thriller, "Inception," and a salute to a famous ogre, "Shrek," top this week's slim list of new Blu-ray titles.

"Inception" (Warner Brother, 2010, $35.99): What if you could actually enter someone else's mind? That's just the subject this absorbing science-fiction tale explores.

Leonardo Di Caprio plays Dominic Cobb, a spy who specializes in stealing secrets from big corporations. Cobb can enter people's brains and actually take information from their minds. Now he has his biggest assignment: He must enter a particular person's mind and plant false information there, which could cause quite a shakeup in the corporate world. This is a neat concept from writer/producer/director Christopher Nolan and features great special effects. Highly recommended.

"Shrek: The Whole Story" (DreamWorks, 2001-10, $76.69): The world's most popular green ogre is back in this sparkling Blu-ray set. It includes all four movies in the Shrek saga including "Shrek" (2001), "Shrek II" (2003), "Shrek the Third" (2006) and "Shrek Forever After" (2010).

Once again Mike Myers supplies the voice of Shrek, while Cameron Diaz does the honors for Princes Fiona and Eddie Murphy returns as Donkey. Also chipping in are Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews and Justin Timberlake. Highly recommended.

Other Blu-ray releases:

"Lost in Translation" (Universal, 2003, $26.98): Sofia Coppola's film has its share of laughs but also seriously explores a wide range of human emotion. Bill Murray was never better as Bob Harris, an aging movie actor who is in Tokyo to film an advertisement. There he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), fresh out of Yale and on a photo assignment. An interesting relationship develops between the two. Recommended.

"Rush Hour" (New Line, 1998, $24.98): One thing fast-talking LAPD Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) doesn't want is a partner. Naturally he ends up with one and it eventually works out pretty well. His new pal is martial arts legend Jackie Chan and together the two experience some hair-raising and exciting moments.

"Cronos" (Criterion, 1993, $39.98): This film explores the appeal of immortality. An old antiques dealer finds an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab. He soon realizes that the object has powers that can be addictive and sinister. Frederico Luppe and Ron Perlman star. Plenty of extras including a booklet about the movie.

Also now available on Blu-ray:

"Alice in Wonderland — 3D" (Walt Disney, 2010, $49.99), Johnny Depp; "About Last Night" (Image, 1986, $17.97), Rob Lowe, Demi Moore: "St. Elmo's Fire" (Image, 1985, $17.97), Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore; "The Deep" (Image, 1977, $17.97), Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Shaw.




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