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Video TapeWorm - Releases through Tuesday, July 15

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:

BEST OF MANSWERS: THE SEASON ONE TOP 25 MANSWERS

2008; $16.95, UR

If you’ve never seen this incredibly entertaining (well, to us, anyway) series from Spike TV … Hey! It’s your time to get educated! Like its inspiration, the late and lamented “The Man Show,” “MANswers” asks pointed questions that all men truly want to know the answers to. Such as, “What percentage of girls are bisexual?” And, “If I break up a bar fight, will it get me laid?” Important stuff like that is served up by a bevy of unbelievably beautiful woman who will all come have sex with you if you buy this DVD! Or, at least you can think about it a lot.

THE BANK JOB

2008; $29.95, R

A killer actioner with a terrific sense of humor. Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows star in this spry tale, supposedly based on real events, of a petty crook who gets a once-in-a-lifetime crack at a bank vault. He quickly assembles a team of would-be robbers — some of whom are not what they claim to be — and they set out. Absolutely nothing goes right from there, leaving Statham on the run from mobsters, government officials of every level, and even the Queen of England! As good a movie as we’ve seen in years.

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ASYLUM

2008; $26.95, R

About as generic of a-“yummy co-eds discover their dorm was once a mental hospital where a mad doctor experimented on people and — OMG! — he’s come back to kill again EEEEK”-outing as you could imagine. Of COURSE we liked it! Stars Sarah Roemer, Carolina Garcia and Ellen Hollman.

BIRDS OF PREY: THE COMPLETE SERIES

2002; $39.95, UR

It’s a shame that this live-action WB Batman spin-off didn’t catch on — it had a lot going for it. When the Dark Knight vanishes, his daughter (with Catwoman) becomes The Huntress, part of a trio of fledgling superheroines out to save Gotham from … well, you get the idea.

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

2008; $29.95, G

Martin Lawrence (man, do we hate this guy!) mugs for the camera, spoiling the life of college-bound daughter Raven-Symoné. Donny Osmond is in this mess somewhere.

GUARDIANS

2006; $19.95, UR

A wonderfully fun little horror no-budgeter that’s definitely worth checking out. When a small town is invaded by hideous, otherworldly creatures, a mystical group of protectors responds to the alarm. We liked it.

HEAVY PETTING

2008; $26.95, UR

Not the famous sex-doc of the same name about life in the ’60s, this is a wonderfully goofy date-comedy about a guy trying to make a connection with his dream girl, but her dog stands in the way. He decides to learn to love the mutt, one day realizing that he loves it MORE than he loves her!

NOVA: CRACKING THE MAYA CODE

2008; $24.95, UR

One of history’s greatest puzzles is the Mayan civilization. Advanced in terms of science, medicine, literature and art, it fell prey to Spanish Christians who mercilessly slaughtered its people and systematically destroyed all knowledge of its written language. This Nova outing traces the efforts of scientists from around the globe to decipher a language as alien as if from another planet, and the secrets it reveals. Great stuff.

PENELOPE

2008; $25.95, PG

Produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Christina Ricci, this wonderful, family-friendly flick has the feel of great, old fairytales like “Beauty and the Beast,” while remaining totally original. Sweet and loving Ricci has the snout of a pig, the result of a family curse that causes her blue-blood parents to hide her away. But when unscrupulous people try to take advantage of her non-conformity, she escapes and learns to live the life she always wanted. Simply beautiful.

R U INVITED? 5 GUYS AND A SEX PARTY

2008; $29.95, UR

The limp-wristed “fags” of yesteryear may no longer be the stereotype, but the straight world still has its preconceptions about what goes on between queer friends. That’s the idea behind this drama about five guys who receive e-vites to a private sex party. Their personalities and pre-party discussions on grooming, drugs and sexual history reveal that gay people are just people, after all.

SAVING GRACE: SEASON 1

2008; $49.95, UR

First video release of this terrific TV series starring Holly Hunter as a jaded cop who is offered a chance at redemption by an unlikely angel. But best of all, this is NOT one of those “angel shows!” The whole “redemption” thing just provides a platform to explore the human experience.

SHUTTER

2008; $29.95-$39.95, PG-13

Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor and Megumi Okina star in this Americanized remake of a favorite Thai shocker. A photographer and his wife leave the scene of an auto accident where they’ve killed a young girl. Later, a shadow begins to show up in their photos, becoming clearer in each successive frame.

STEP UP 2: THE STREETS

2008; $34.95, PG-13

The latest “troubled young people from opposite sides of the tracks become united and healed through violent dance competitions” B.S. Just say no.

THE YEAR MY PARENTS WENT ON VACATION

2007; $26.95, PG

Popular Brazilian arthouser about a young boy, supposedly dropped off at his grandfather’s by parents in a hurry to get to a soccer match. Unbeknownst to them, the grandfather has died, and the boy winds up with a kindly Jewish neighbor during a time of social injustice, putting him in jeopardy.

VEGGIE TALES: TOMATO SAWYER AND HUCKLEBERRY LARRY’S BIG RIVER RESCUE

2008; $14.95, UR

The latest CGI Christian-themed kids sermon starring animated vegetables. On the banks of the Mississippi, a pair of high-fiber friends — one of them clearly a fruit — consider helping a stranger who is being hunted by the police. Far less preachy than previous outings, these things still give us the willies.


OTHER DVDS OF INTEREST

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN: SEASON 8

2005; $39.95, UR

DALLAS: THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON

2008; $39.95, UR

EUREKA: SEASON TWO

2006; $39.95, UR

ROBBIE COLTRANE: INCREDIBLE BRITAIN

2007; $29.95, UR

SWAMP THING: THE SERIES: VOL. 2

2007; $34.95, G


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