NEW YORK – "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," (search) but 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" (search) is 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." (search) Not 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."