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Monday, June 29, 2009

Noteable DVD Releases: June 30th 2009

12 Rounds Helmed by Renny Harlin, this tense actioner stars World Wrestling Entertainment grappler John Cena as Det. Danny Fisher, a New Orleans cop who must save his kidnapped fiancée, Molly Porter (Ashley Scott), from the clutches of notorious crime lord Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). A battle of wits and wills ensues as Fisher is forced to life race around the Big Easy completing 12 near-impossible tasks and solving puzzles dreamed up by Jackson.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Undercover agent Chun Li (Kristin Kreuk) seeks justice and peace in this action-packed adaptation of the megahit video game franchise Street Fighter. Employing her signature high-kicking style, Chun Li is a force to be reckoned with. The cast includes Neal McDonough as M. Bison, Chris Klein as Nash, Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog and Black Eyed Peas singer Taboo as Vega. Chun Li is known in gamer circles as "the First Lady of Fighting Games."

Sea Beast When a down-on-his-luck fishing boat captain (Corin Nemec) loses a crewmate on his last less-than-successful voyage, his fellow villagers join him in battling the savage sea creature that snatched the unfortunate sailor. The mutated anglerfish strikes again and again in this Sci-Fi Channel horror flick co-starring Miriam McDonald, Christie Laing, Gary Hudson and Brandon Jay McLaren. Paul Ziller directs.

The Education of Charlie Banks Years after Charlie (Jesse Eisenberg) fingers Mick (Jason Ritter) for a brutal assault, Mick shows up at Charlie's university and insinuates himself into college life. As Mick audits classes, sleeps with Charlie's dream girl and ponders how his life might have been different, Charlie anxiously wonders whether Mick knows he ratted him out. Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst's directorial debut, this powerful drama co-stars Chris Marquette.

Transmorphers: Fall of Man In this prequel to Transmorphers -- a sci-fi thriller that borrows heavily from the plot of Transformers -- planet Earth is in peril thanks to a rogue army of alien robots, and it's up to a small group of humans to mount a crippling counterattack. Can Sheriff Hadley Ryan (Bruce Boxleitner), a doctor (Jennifer Rubin) and an ex-Marine (Shane Van Dyke) find the automatons' Achilles' heel before they succeed in annihilating civilization?

Eastbound and Down: Season 1 After blowing it as a major league baseball pitcher, Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) returns to his small Southern hometown, where he takes a gig as a substitute gym teacher at his old middle school. There, he gets to see his former high school sweetheart, April (Katy Mixon), who is engaged to Terrence (Andrew Daly), the dimwitted principal. This hilarious, Southern-fried series is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

Entourage: Season 5 HBO's hit Hollywood-centered comedy is back for a fifth season, with movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) once again at the helm of his considerable posse, including his friends from back home, his brother, his representatives and a cadre of beautiful women. This time around, Vince must pick himself up off the pavement and square his shoulders against Hollywood as he struggles to save face in Tinseltown after his biggest failure yet.

Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 1 Quick-witted teen Parker Lewis (Corin Nemec) is the kind of kid who seems like he can pull off anything … and he usually does in the first season of this offbeat comedy chronicling his daily high jinks at Santo Domingo High School. The series kicks off with a bang when Parker receives an unexpected kiss that sparks a fight with his friend Mikey (Billy Jayne) and he manages to tick off the school's resident bully (Abraham Benrubi).