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American Reunion

This week: Stifler and the rest of his East Great Falls gang reunite for a wild weekend of MILFs and memories in "American Reunion," the third and final sequel in the theatrical "American Pie" comedy franchise.

Also new this week is a return to form for Robert De Niro in "Being Flynn," Anna Paquin in the long-delayed "Margaret," plus the Blu-ray debuts of "Altered States" and "Chariots of Fire."

'American Reunion'

American Reunion on DVD

Box Office: $57 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 43% Rotten
Storyline: The gang of East Great Falls reunites in this fourth and final theatrical "American Pie" movie. Twelve years after graduating from high school, Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have gotten married, Oz (Chris Klein) is an NFL sportscaster that grew apart from Heather (Mena Suvari), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Vicky (Tara Reid) have split, while Stifler (Seann William Scott) continues to suffer from prolonged arrested development. Meanwhile, Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) still longs for Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge), and Jim's widower dad (Eugene Levy) learns how to date again.
Extras! "The 'Reunion' Reunion: Re-Laughing the Series" on the DVD and Blu-ray goes behind the scenes.
We Say: Although these characters are no longer horny, naïve teenagers and that comedy ship has sailed, fans of the series will want to attend this reunion that still blends raunchy humor with an underlying sweetness.

'Being Flynn'

Being Flynn on DVD
Focus Features

Box Office: $540,152
Rotten Tomatoes: 55% Rotten
Storyline: Young writer Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) hasn't seen his father (Robert De Niro), a con man, in 18 years ... until Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter and his dad wanders in looking for a bed in this film adaptation of Nick Flynn's award-winning memoir, "Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City."
Extras! The only extra on the DVD and Blu-ray is "The Heart of 'Flynn'" behind-the-scenes featurette.
We Say: Directed and co-written by Paul Weitz, this unsentimental slice-of-life drama about the unbreakable bond between parent and child features powerful performances by Dano and De Niro as well as Julianne Moore as Nick's mother.


Margaret on Blu-ray and DVD
Fox Searchlight

Box Office: $46,495
Rotten Tomatoes: 70% Fresh
Storyline: Anna Paquin plays a 17-year-old Manhattan student who distracts a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo), which leads to an accident after which a struck pedestrian dies in her arms. She teams up with the victim's best friend and cousin to bring a lawsuit against the driver in this drama written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan that co-stars Matt Damon as Paquin's teacher.
Extras! The Blu-ray combo pack contains a bonus DVD with a never-before-seen extended cut of the film.
We Say: "Margaret" was scheduled to be released in 2007 but was repeatedly delayed due to multiple lawsuits as Lonergan fought for the cut he wanted. Paquin earned several award nominations for her performance after the film finally came out in a few theaters last December.

'Altered States' Blu-ray

Altered States on Blu-ray
Warner Bros.

Box Office: $20 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 88% Fresh
Storyline: William Hurt, in his film debut, plays a research scientist convinced that other states of consciousness are as real as everyday reality. He begins to experiment with isolation tanks and hallucinogenic drugs, which causes him to experience horrific biological devolution in this 1980 cult classic directed by Ken Russell that also features the film debut of a pre-"E.T." Drew Barrymore.
The only extra on this Blu-ray debut is the original theatrical trailer.
We Say: Loosely based on the Paddy Chayefsky novel, this Oscar-nominated film with mind-bending special effects continues to wow on Blu-ray with cleaned-up picture and sound.

'Chariots of Fire' Blu-ray

Chariots of Fire on Blu-ray
Warner Bros.

Box Office: $59 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: This lauded 1981 British film based on a true story takes place during the 1924 Olympics and tells the story of two athletes: Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), the son of Scottish missionaries who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a Jewish Cambridge student who runs to fight against anti-Semitism.
Extras! This Blu-ray debut comes packaged in a Digibook filled with color photos and includes new BD-exclusive informative extras such as "Paris, 1924: Birth of the Modern Olympics."
We Say: "Chariots of Fire" won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Music Score by Vangelis, the latter of which is still difficult to excise from your head. Director Hugh Hudson's film continues to inspire and is worth the upgrade to high definition.

Also New This Week:

"Flowers of War"
"Blade II" Blu-ray
"Coma" Blu-ray
"Spawn" Blu-ray
"The Astronaut's Wife" Blu-ray

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