dvd buyers’ picks
DVD RELEASES FOR April feature Academy
Award–winning, or nominated, performances.
Crazy Heart. Jeff Bridges, in the performance of a lifetime, plays Bad Blake, a country musician whose self-destructive lifestyle is
standing in the way of true fame. His critically
acclaimed performance has earned Bridges a
Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award,
L.A. Film Critics and Broadcast Film Critics
awards, and his first Oscar in five tries for best
performance by an actor in a leading role. He
has even won praise for his musical abilities in
the film, which features terrific musical numbers, written especially for the movie. One of
them, “The Weary Kind” (Theme from Crazy
Heart), by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett,
won the Oscar for original song. The beautiful Maggie Gyllenhaal received an Oscar
nomination for best supporting actress for
her role as the smart woman who can’t help
but fall in love with Bad and may just inspire
him to turn his life around.
—Cody Yaple, assistant media buyer
Jeff Bridges is Bad Blake in his Academy Award–winning performance in Crazy Heart.
The Lovely Bones. Based on the critically
acclaimed bestselling novel, Peter Jackson’s
adaptation of the story of a murdered girl torn
between helping her parents heal and bringing her murderer to justice is part thriller, part
fantasy and part family drama. Stanley Tucci
was Oscar-nominated for a supporting role.
The more brutal elements of the book have
been omitted, but the film still deals with
mature subject matter and may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
—Wendi Wamboldt, assistant media buyer
An Education. Jenny is a bright 16-year-
old in 1961 England, excelling at school and
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well on her way toward realizing her parents’
dream of her attending Oxford, but she pines
for her own dream of adulthood. Then along
comes David, a 30-ish man whose worldly wit
and urbanity threaten to usher Jenny into
adulthood too soon, and who offers a completely different kind of education than
Oxford might have offered.—CY
Also available is the Lord of the Rings
Trilogy in Blu-ray. Those films in any format are a solid addition to a video library,
but even more so in their Blu-ray incarnations, with vivid imagery and plenty of
BOOKS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
All his life Detective Alex Cross has listened to stories of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles with the KKK. Now, Alex passes along Abraham’s legacy to his own children in a novel he’s penned called Trial. Written in the voice of James Patterson’s beloved character Alex Cross, Alex Cross’s Trial (Grand Central Publishing) is a riveting
story of courage and bravery.
Scott Turow brings the worst nightmare for prosecutor Rusty Savich to life when Savich goes from accuser to accused, in Presumed Innocent (Grand Central Publishing). Read the book that started it all and look for the sequel Innocent on May 4.
available April 6
After noticing his autistic son’s improvement after rides on a neighbor’s horse, Rupert Isaacson takes his son on an amazing journey to Mongolia in search of spiritual healing from the original horsemen—shamans—in the breathtaking true-life adventure The Horse Boy
(Little, Brown and Company).
Stephenie Meyer’s popular novel features one of the most unexpected love triangles in contemporary literature. The Host (Little, Brown and Company) is an unforgettable story about the power of love and the reality of what it means to be human. Paperback available April 13 Books may not be available in all locations or on Costco.com. Covers are subject to change. A request from his pregnant wife sends Matthew Bishop out to ;nd the cherished antique cradle stolen by her mother when she abandoned their family. On his journey, long-buried secrets surface in Patrick Somerville’s elegant ;rst novel, The Cradle (Back Bay Books), which The New York Times calls “a deeply gratifying modern fable.” Paperback available mid-April