The Foxlight: New on DVD

"Master and Commander," "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton," "Frida" and "Runaway Jury" are new on DVD in today's Foxlight.

Ahoy, Russell Crowe, no Oscar nomination for "Master and Commander," (searchbut plenty of pre-delivery orders from Internet suppliers -- in fact, it's the second most pre-ordered DVD after the "Star Wars" trilogy. What you get is a pretty good chase movie between two big sailboats. Except Russ's boat stops for a two-week nature study vacation in the middle of the chase. There's also an ending left floating, implying there will be more of these. Maybe, maybe not.

Next, a fairly hip take on the reality scene got lost at the box office but could win a date or two on home video new this week. "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton" (search) was called sugary by several critics -- but Roger Ebert liked it. I think we all agree he should probably stay away from sweets. Overall, a smart rental.

"Frida" (searchis the wildly overrated monobrow performance from Salma Hayek that gets an "A" for effort but is as flat as one of the famous artist's paintings.

Finally, a Foxlight favorite -- "Runaway Jury." (searchNot the greatest thing Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman or John Cusack has ever been in, but engaging and entertaining with a few very nice twists. Think of it as a very expensive episode of "Law and Order."