Moviegoers put off by the double-threat of Grandma's Boy and BloodRayne may want to stay home and partake in one of this week's DVD releases instead...

  • Alien Nation: The Complete Series - The same folks at Fox who canceled Family Guy and Firefly killed this way-smart, Emmy-winning 1989 series after one season. Based on the 1988 film of the same name, the show explored the "what if" that followed the landing of a spaceship carrying 250,000 alien slaves and their integrating into Earth society. The set features commentary by creator Kenneth Johnson on the two-part TV movie, but alas, the set does not include any of the five post-mortem TV movies that followed from 1994-97.
  • Broken Flowers - One would think that pairing someone as esoterically-minded as Jim Jarmusch with the King of Quiet Desperation, Bill Murray, would net something superbly sublime, though there is something missing from this too-subtle road movie. In that something is missing from the life of Murray's retired computer magnate, it is appropriate, though in establishing a rapport with the audience, it feels like a blast of AC during a brisk New England November. The Lost In Translation star is wonderfully expressive, but could be so much more so if Jarmusch had given him more to say. His series of visits with ex-girlfriends (to determine which sent him an anonymous letter suggesting his paternity) are well acted but ultimately purposeless vignettes, leaving us to affix the coldly pejorative label, "quirky".
  • The Cave - This blatant and unimaginative Alien ripoff pits an intrepid and very boring group of spelunkers, led by otherwise likeable Paparazzi star Cole Hauser, against a hideous mutant menace that lives in the caves beneath the mountains of Carpathia. It also pits the audience against these tenacious cave explorers, which is the opposite of what the writers intended. Instead of wishing for them to once again find the safety of open sky, we wish them to be lunch, as that would mean we would find the safety of open sky that much sooner.