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Movies new to DVD this week include one of the biggest bombs this year, Denzel and a family movie

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This is the week that at least one film studio hopes that the home theater market discovers a big-budget disaster that they put out earlier this year, but there is also an action movie and a family film to cover all the bases.

Poor John Carter. He spent a long time just in the world of literature as Hollywood struggled for decades to find a way to bring him to the big screen. Then, when they finally did, earlier this year, it was a major financial disaster for the film studio. This week, his movie comes to DVD and the studio hopes that people who avoided the movie in the theaters will find it in their video stores, downloads and add it to their NetFlix queues.

Here are the films coming to DVD this week:

John Carter – Taylor Kitsch, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe. It was the film that was supposed to really launch the 2012 movie season and the hope was that this would launch a franchise. That did not happen thanks to a marketing campaign that failed to excite and a movie that got, at best, lukewarm reviews. From the Barsoom novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this is the story of a Civil War soldier who suddenly finds himself transported from Earth to Mars. He finds that he has superhuman powers in Mars’ lower gravity and gets involved in an entirely new civil war on that planet. He also falls in love with a princess of Mars. Filled with action and special effects, this one may still find a home among sci-fi fans. Rated PG-13.

Journey 2: Mysterious Island – Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson. The sequel to the wildly popular family film Journey to the Center of the Earth from a few years back, this one serves up more of the same. This time Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a step-dad who goes on a fantastic journey with his step-son to locate his missing grandfather. Where is his grandfather trapped? Why, the Mysterious Island of the title of course. The island is a haven for mysterious and bizarre creatures such as dinosaurs and giants insects. It’s a movie that promises fun for the whole family. Rated PG.

Safe House – Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farminga. Another action movie from Denzel Washington that was a decent to modest hit in the theaters now comes to the home theater world this weekend. Denzel plays one of the most dangerous assassins in the world, Tobin Frost, who comes into some information that the world does not want him to have and makes him a target. He turns himself in and ends up in the titular safe house where he is guarded by Reynolds. When the bad guys turn up and start killing people at the safe house, Reynolds goes on the run with Washington and the real mayhem begins. An action movie also filled with political intrigue, this one is for the action fans and fans of Denzel Washington. Rated R.

Act of Valor – This is a movie that caused a bit of a stir when it opened earlier this year. Most of the case are real, active-duty, Navy SEALs. It is a tale of a SEAL Team Six, the same team that took down Osama Bin Laden not too long ago. This is a story supposedly inspired by real events that has the team tracking down potential terrorists who are plotting to attack the U.S. and rescue a captured CIA operative at the same time. When the film hit theaters, many critics felt that much of the action was fairly standard and did not break any new ground, but applauded the understated performances of the Navy SEALs whose real names are not even given in the credits in the film due to their active-duty status. Rated R.

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