This week: The powerful documentary "The House I Live In" takes a serious look at America's War on Drugs and is the best new offering in what is annually a subdued week for home video releases.
Also new this week is the shelved shocker "6 Souls" with Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the thriller "Inescapable" with Alexander Siddig and Joshua Jackson and the Blu-ray debut of the comedy classic, "The Kentucky Fried Movie."
'The House I Live In'
Box Office: $210,752
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh
Storyline: Filmed in over 20 states, this comprehensive documentary about the United States' so-called War on Drugs of the past 40 years by "Why We Fight" director Eugene Jarecki captures emotional stories from all socioeconomic levels: the grieving mother, dealer, senator, inmate, federal judge and more. 'The House I Live In' provides a definitive and well-researched portrait of America's longest war and reveals its profound human rights implications.
Extras!: This doc is available on a bare-bones DVD only.
We Say: We know it's the traditional time for BBQs, fireworks and bombastic popcorn flicks, but this week's strongest disc release — which won the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival — is a compelling argument for the failure of the War on Drugs. No matter if you lean left or right, every concerned American should give it a look.
Box Office: $851,517 (worldwide)
Rotten Tomatoes: 4% Rotten
Storyline: Dr. Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) is a psychiatrist whose faith in God has been shaken after the death of her husband … but not her faith in science. Her father introduces her to Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a patient with multiple personalities who takes on the physical characteristics of his other personas. Cara soon discovers that Adam's other personalities are murder victims and the more she discovers about Adam's past, the more mortal danger she puts herself and her loved ones in.
Extras!: Neither the DVD nor the Blu-ray have any bonus features.
We Say: This horror stinker shot in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sat on the shelf for three years … and should have stayed there. Julianne Moore is one of the finest actresses alive, but even she can't save this creaky story that gets more and more unbelievable as Meyers chews into each new personality with crazy-eyed exuberance.
Box Office: $4,327
Rotten Tomatoes: 19% Rotten
Storyline: A successful businessman and former Syrian military officer, Adib (Alexander Siddig) finds his life turned upside down when his daughter (Jay Anstey) goes missing during a visit to his hometown of Damascus. Teaming up with a Canadian emissary (Joshua Jackson), Adib makes his first journey home in over 30 years to find out what happened to his daughter and to reconnect with the love of his life (Marisa Tomei).
Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary track, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a Q&A with select cast and crew.
We Say: Canadian director Ruba Nadda tries to take the "Taken" template and infuse it with more character drama, but this thriller gets bogged down by all the exposition and ends up being … not too thrilling. Where is Liam Neeson when you need him?
'The Kentucky Fried Movie' Blu-ray
Box Office: $15 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh
Storyline: John Landis directed this 1977 madcap comedy starring Bill Bixby, Donald Sutherland, George Lazenby and others that features 22 loosely connected skits that spoof blaxploitation films, news shows, porno movies, kung fu flicks and much more. Some of the more now-infamous segments include "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble," "The Wonderful World of Sex," "A Fistful of Yen" and "Cleopatra Schwartz."
Extras!: This Blu-ray debut contains a conversation with writers David and co-writer Jerry Zucker, the original trailer and a commentary track featuring Landis, the Zuckers, Jim Abrahams and producer Robert K. Weiss
We Say: If you're into spoof flicks like "Airplane!," "Scary Movie" or "Not Another Teen Movie," you can thank — or blame — "The Kentucky Fried Movie" for starting it all. Sure, some of the targets aren't as topical as they were back in the '70s and some skits are much funnier than others, but comedy fans should still fry this one up and go back for seconds now that it's finally available in high definition.
Also New This Week:
"The Producers" Blu-ray
"Tai Chi Hero"