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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (PG-13)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment / Release: Dec. 22

Michael Douglas joins the ranks of the straight-to-DVD crowd, and not a moment too soon! I guess just being generally greasy and procreating with Catherine Zeta-Jones got a little too boring, so he went for a quick paycheck and decided to star in the incredibly silly Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The result is a goofy, almost nonsensical, courtroom drama that desperately wants to be a "captivating thriller." Given the plot device of a plasticine reporter (Jesse Metcalfe) who implicates himself in a crime to take down a crooked D.A., the uncomfortable attempts at actual, intentional humor, and the ludicrously delicious twist ending, I have no idea what hack director Peter Hyams was going for. I actually had a great time watching this flick, but I'm pretty sure it was for all the wrong reasons. — Louis Fowler

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Herb & Dorothy (NR)

New Video Group

The tagline for Herb & Dorothy reads, "You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art," and Megumi Sasaki's lovable debut documentary is the proof. New Yorkers Herb and Dorothy Vogel — a postal worker and librarian, respectively — collected thousands of incredible 20th-century pieces over four decades before dividing up the bulk of their collection into gifts for 50 American museums (including the Springs' own FAC). You don't need to be an art aficionado to enjoy the story of this couple — though if you are one, the candid interviews with Chuck Close, Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude, for example, will impress. The whole of the film may be encapsulated in a moment when Herb eyes a favorite sculpture; the remarkable engagement of his gaze gives a deeper meaning to the practice of viewing art. — Edie Adelstein

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The Mel Brooks Collection (NR)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Just take a look at the astounding titles in this deluxe box set, and you'll find it may as well be a list of the funniest movies ever made: Blazing Saddles. Spaceballs. Young Frankenstein. High Anxiety. History of the World, Part I. Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Silent Movie. To Be or Not To Be. The Twelve Chairs. Some are classics, some guilty pleasures, but all are masterworks by the legendary director Mel Brooks. Now they are gloriously remastered thanks to the Blu-Ray revolution, and there's not a dud in the set. Sure, some Brooks titles like The Producers, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and Life Stinks are curiously missing, but maybe that's a good sign for a possible volume two. The Mel Brooks Collection is a must-have; had I not already received a copy of the set for review, it would have been at the top of my Christmas list. — Louis Fowler


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