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DVDs: May 4, 2012

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Meet Joe Black (1998, PG-13)
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins Pitt plays a very hunky angel of death who strikes a deal with a dying millionaire (Hopkins) in Martin Brest’s box office misfire, now out on Blu-ray. B-

W.E. (2012, R)
James D’Arcy, Andrea Riseborough Anglofied auteur Madonna helms a period piece about the scandalous love affair between Wallis Simpson and the heir to the British throne. C-

About a Boy (2002, PG-13)
Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult The Weitz brothers hit all the right notes in their satisfying adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel about a spoiled bachelor and the precocious 12-year-old who teaches him to grow up. Blu-ray debut. B+

Pillow Talk (1959, Unrated)
Rock Hudson, Doris Day In a plot that makes no sense today, sunny matinee idols Hudson and Day play two squabbling singles who share a phone line and slowly fall in love. Contrived and silly, but it goes down easy, especially on this spotless new Blu-ray. B+

Tuff Turf (1985, R)
James Spader, Kim Richards A deliciously cheesy teen-rebellion flick starring Spader, a Real Housewife, and Robert Downey Jr. Guilty-pleasure pay dirt! (Available on Netflix instant viewing) B

Coming Soon
The Vow (2012, PG-13)
Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams A three-hankie schmaltzathon about a devoted husband who has to re-woo his amnesiac wife. D 5/8

Grelins 2: The New Batch (1990, PG-13)
Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates Joe Dante’s dark and deliriously subversive sequel offers the right amount of fur-ball mayhem. Blu-ray debut. B+ 5/8

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