It's Julia Roberts vs. Sylvester Stallone on the DVD front this week as 'Eat Pray Love' faces off against 'The Expendables.' Oh, it's not really a contest, of course, since there won't be overlapping audiences for either film (one's for the girls, one's for the guys). 'Eat Pray Love' is a travelogue rom-com featuring Roberts as she travels the world looking for self-realization in all the right places. 'The Expendables,' produced, written, directed by and starring Stallone, is a slam-bam action fest featuring a horde of tattooed, "good-guy" mercenary hunks intent on inflicting as much pain on their enemies as possible. In 'Eat Pray Love' you watch the bodies. In 'The Expendables' you count them. Happy Thanksgiving.
'Eat Pray Love'
What It's About: Julia Roberts Eats. Julia Roberts Prays. Julia Roberts finds love. What more could Julia Roberts' fans -- and rom-com lovers in general -- want? Roberts plays a modern woman who, after a divorce, goes on a quest around the world to rediscover and reconnect with her true inner self. She discovers the pleasure of food in Italy, the power of prayer in India and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali. Based on Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling novel.

It's Kinda Like: 'Under the Tuscan Sun' meets 'An Unmarried Woman'

What We Say: This Julia Roberts' vehicle is just too beautiful, artificial and shallow to really be anything more than a travelogue for an entitled "woman-searching-for-enlightenment" gambit. Unlike the recent 'Julie & Julia,' in which the Amy Adams character really has to suffer for her enlightenment (butter is the spiritual answer, of course), Roberts just has too easy of a time finding her way. Angst is just not a word in her dictionary. But she sure is easy on the eyes (as is love interest Javier Bardem).
• Extras: The DVD and Blu-ray versions include travelogue-style featurettes.
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'The Expendables'
What It's About: A group of modern day warriors -- mercenaries -- are hired by the CIA to overthrow the puppet dictator of the South American island nation of Vilena. These wisecracking, lovable killers-for-hire (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture) have more firepower than most small nations and cause more destruction then Desert Storm. With wink-wink-nod-nod appearances by action heroes Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It's Kinda Like:
'The Dirty Dozen' meets 'Inglourious Basterds'

What We Say: Mindless entertainment at its best -- and a great guilty pleasure. Here's some of our top action stars having a great time being their meanest and nastiest while also espousing brotherhood and loyalty, with a little bit of a moral conscience thrown in for good measure (a bit of moral conscience always seems to pop up some time in these action-based films). Don't expect much plot elaboration, intelligent dialogue or story consistency -- just savor the explosions.
• Extras: The DVD and Blu-ray versions includes commentary by writer-producer-director Stallone and several fun behind-the-scenes featurettes.
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Best in Blu-ray: 'America Lost and Found,' 'The Complete Metropolis,' 'Alice Creed'

Other New November 23 DVD Releases:
'Countdown to Zero': A harrowing documentary that traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs.
'Flipped': A rare Rob Reiner flop about teenage love and angst in the late '50s-early '60s.
'I'm Still Here': In the fall of 2008 Joaquin Phoenix announced that he was retiring from his successful acting career for a life as a rapper. Casey Affleck's mockumentary follows Phoenix's turbulent year in front of and off camera.
'Jolene': This is the movie 'Eat Pray Love' could have been: A teenage orphan spends 10 years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak.
'Love Shack': Porn industry spoof centers on a dysfunctional "family" of adult film stars who gather for a memorial porn shoot following the death of a legendary producer.
'Shaolin Mantis': A young scholar studies the praying mantis style of fighting to battle enemies of the Chinese emperor.
'The Winning Season': Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts star in a comedy about a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Check out other new November 23 DVD releases at OnVideo.

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Eat Pray Love
Based on 39 critics

A divorcee (Julia Roberts) embarks on a global quest to change her life for the better. Read More

The Expendables
Based on 35 critics

Mercenaries embark on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. Read More

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