Ok, yeah, so there are DVD picks all year round, but January is such a dumpy time for cinema, we thought we’d toss you a list of some new and juicy DVDs for the top of the year.

The Duchess
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

Seriously, people, for the costumes alone, have a look at this one. That poor Duchess though…she got more than she bargained for. Right down to the live-in other woman. Not cute, but Keira Knightley does it right. Ralph Fiennes plays bad news as usual, but the softer side of it. Hayley Atwell is just conniving enough and Dominic Cooper takes off his shirt. So there’s that.

Eagle Eye
DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

Generation Kill
DVD
HBO Home Entertainment
In shops now

From the creators of ‘The Wire,’ it’s HBO’s miniseries about the first weeks of the US occupation in Iraq. Lots of HBO regulars and fantastic writing to boot.

Ghost Town
DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

The movie is cute and all but the DVD is worth it just to watch Ricky Gervais in the blooper reel.

Greek: Chapter Two
DVD
ABC Studios
In shops now

You can only mock a teen soap until it becomes all successful and stuff. Then you have to start paying attention, because either you’re missing something amazing or American audiences are complete idiots. Wait a minute…. Seriously though, this is one of the shows which proves that there can be some great scripted stuff out there for the teen demo. Ya know, for when ‘The Hills’ is on hiatus.

Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season
DVD
ABC Studios
In shops now

Here’s a show that not enough grown-ups are watching. The sci-fi element of the series is compelling enough, I s’pose. But the delicious part is the snarky family drama which is more adult than one would imagine (the kids steal pot from the parents, there’s some teenage groping, etc.) You gotta love ABC Family.

LOST: The Complete Fourth Season
DVD
ABC Studios
In shops now

It’s not like they can conjure up a whole lotta new special features for ‘LOST’ DVDs but there is the totes brill speacial feature that sums up the first three seasons of the show in seven minutes. It’s succinct and somewhat snarky.

Swingtown: The Complete First Season
DVD
CBS DVD
In shops now

Maybe CBS was hoping to cash in on the throwback success of ‘Mad Men’ for the ’70s. Or maybe the concept of swingers and key parties was just not fully covered in “The Ice Storm.” Either way, here’s a show that’s full of fun music, pants and Tupperware. The lives of its characters take a while to become invested in – mostly because the editing is trying to hard to be slick that it becomes interruptus – but its certainly worth a look to see if it’s your scene. J


Towelhead
DVD
Warner Home Video
In shops now

Adapted and directed by Alan Ball, this drama about a troubled 13-year-old Lebanese-American girl is one that missed a lot of y’all’s radar. It’s a coming-of-age-er about cul-de-sac American culture circa nineteen eighty-ew. Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Mario Bello, Peter Macdissi and the stellar young Summer Bishil make up the cast.


The Tudors: The Complete Second Season
DVD
Showtime Home Entertainment
In shops now

The blood, the sex, the total viciousness. Season two is a lot juicier than the first, mostly cause lots of folks get whacked. These seasons are pretty short (all that money goes into the costumes, people) so you can plow through it in an afternoon. That is, if you have our kind of dedication.


The Wackness
DVD
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In shops now

Writer/director, Jonathan Levine’s indie favourite has now come out to DVD so perhaps more than 14 people can actually see it. It’s a gem of a film about a pot-dealing kid (Josh Peck) in NYC during the summer of 1994. He’s kind of a mess, but Ben Kingsley plays his therapist (also a mess, but one that should be nominated for something). Check it out for some great writing. Levine is one to watch.