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March 3, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | March 3, 2009 |

Another incredibly lousy week on DVD shelves, although I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that a new Wonder Woman animated movie is out today. It’s not something I’m particularly interested in, except to note that Keri Russell is the voice of Wonder Woman and Nathan Fillion is the voice of Col. Steve Trevor, so it reunites the leads in Waitress. Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, and Virginia Madsen also provide voice work on the film. For the curious, the trailer is after this week’s releases. For Pittsburgh Steeler fans, the Super Bowl video is also out today. I’m sure you can pick it up in any grocery store aisle in Pennsylvania.

Australia: Dan was hard on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, and for good reason. He writes, “Australia is as big, lumbering, vast, dry, and aimless as the catch-all title would lead you to believe. The fourth film from writer-director Baz Luhrmann is the one where his ambition finally got the best of him, when his desire to tell an all-encompassing story buckled under the weight of cloying grandiosity, wildly uneven tonalities, and just plain old bad writing. Luhrmann has always been a transformer: He takes the story and passes it through his own unique style and verve until it becomes something bigger and weirder and often more engaging than it may have once appeared on paper. Nobody figured that putting the Montagues and Capulets in Hawaiian shirts would really work, or that having Ewan McGregor fall in love with Nicole Kidman inside an elephant’s head would be transportive, but it did, and it was, and that was thanks to Luhrmann’s confidence and skill. But Australia replaces his reach with egomania, and his ability to walk a tightrope between genres with a desperate grab at any story that walks by. The best that can be said for it is that at least it’s a beautiful failure.”

Beverly Hills Chihuahua: Meanwhile, Stacey — who we occasionally pull out of Pajiba Love to review the truly heinous films — despite having a weakness for talking animals, wasn’t a buyer. She wrote: “Every once in a great while … comes along a movie … that looks so goddamn asinine and ridiculous, I just have to see it for myself. Beverly Hills Chihuahua was that movie. A few months ago in Pajiba Love, I inadvertently posted the teaser trailer for Beverly Hills Chihuahua, featuring a plucky brown Chihuahua named Papi standing before a sea of Chihuahuas like a miniature César Chávez crying out for Chihuahua rights, having no clue what the hell it was. It was just one of those things that was so stupid it made me laugh … Plus, I’m not going to lie. Talking animals? They’re kind of my weak spot. Unfortunately, that one-minute teaser ended up being thoroughly more entertaining than anything found in the insipidly boring Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Yes, the movie was so bad that not even talking animals could save it.”

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