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The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment / Release: Sept. 22

Regardless of what you think about his music, no genre fan can deny Rob Zombie has a wonderfully warped B-movie-drenched sense of design that makes everything he touches total works of art. In his first animated feature (based on his comic book), the kinetic 'n sleazy influence of animation legend Ralph Bakshi is all over the place. Masked Mexican wrestler El Superbeasto (Tom Papa) teams with sister Suzi X (Sheri Moon Zombie) to take on the diabolical Dr. Satan, who, when he marries his ghetto-stripper bride, will become an unstoppable monster. There's an army of werewolf-infected Nazi SS soldiers to cleanse the palate. Blood, boobs and bad taste are all over this, as well as top-notch talent: Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson, Ken Foree and Brian Posehn deliver hilarious voice-performances. This is an adult Adult Swim! — Louis Fowler

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Easy Virtue (PG-13)

Sony Pictures

If Noel Coward had written a 1920s Meet the Parents, it might resemble this intoxicating blend of retro and up-to-the-moment. American Larita (a luminous Jessica Biel) arrives at the home of her new husband, British aristocrat John Whittaker (major-star-in-the-making Ben Barnes). The mother-in-law of withering tongue (Kristin Scott Thomas, in the performance of her career) and distant WWI vet father-in-law (Colin Firth, at perhaps his most intriguing) will test her marriage. It's wickedly funny and unexpectedly bittersweet, what with the privations of the Great Depression and World War II on the horizon, but never relentlessly grim. Its paradoxically cheery, melancholy ending is well-earned, and exactly right. DVD bonuses include commentary by director/writer Stephan Elliott and co-writer Sheridan Jobbins, plus deleted scenes, blooper reel and more. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 and 2 (NR)

Paramount Home Entertainment

During my childhood in Texas, on Saturdays the local indie TV affiliate would air nothing but '60s Westerns: The Big Valley, High Chaparral and, of course, Bonanza. My dad thought they were great; I thought they were incentive to go out and play. But grown-up and beginning to inherit my father's tastes, I now find Bonanza a well-paced, action-packed outing that is highly nuanced and extremely entertaining. Simply, the Cartwrights (Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts) spend every week defending their land, the Ponderosa, from claim-jumpers, cattle thieves and an assortment of low-rent guest stars. Younger viewers will hate this — no quick cuts or hip-hop soundtrack — but those willing to sit still for more than an hour will find a form of TV storytelling in need of resurrection. — Louis Fowler

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

You can have your Dark Knight and Watchmen, I'll take the recent Wolverine adaptation over both! Sure, they may not be works of art like the DC Comics movies, but you can always count on Marvel for producing fun, flashy flicks true to the inane spirit of the original comics. And really, fun is what superhero movies should all be about! Lone wolf Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is the star here, but he has help in the form of numerous fifth-tier mutants like the Blob, Wraith, Deadpool and Gambit, as he attempts to seek revenge for the murder of his lady by his (spoiler!) brother Sabretooth. Cameos by Emma Frost and Cyclops abound! It's a lot of silly fun, cool visuals and spirited fight scenes, and best of all, none of the guilt-ridden anti-hero emo-angst that is the psyche du jour. — Louis Fowler


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