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DVDs & Blu-rays: The "Oh, Never Mind!" Edition

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It's a bad week for new DVDs and Blu-ray releases. We only found two worth mentioning, and that was just because we wanted to warn you in case you accidentally picked one up.

Friends with Benefits

stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis; Will Gluck directs.

The Setup: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play a couple of twentysomething friends that want to add sex to the mix. They quickly find out that "just sex" doesn't really work for them.

The Execution: Did we mention Justin Timberlake was in it? No matter what you think of his music, the man can't act. At all. In Black Swan, Kunis was playing off of Natalie Portman. Here, she's paired up with Timberlake and no matter what she does, she can't create any sort of spark between them on her own.

The Extras: Really? You care about extras on this? Okay, if you insist. The DVD version has commentary with writer/director Gluck, along with stars Timberlake and Kunis, deleted scenes, and outtakes. The Blu-ray version adds a Pop-Up Trivia Track (because those are always so, so much fun), and two featurettes, On Set With Friends with Benefits and In A Flash: Choreographing A Mob.

Our Idiot Brother

stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer; Jesse Peretz directs.

The Setup: This is an exercise in codependency. Rudd plays head-in-the-clouds Ned, the identified idiot. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer are his exasperated sisters who rally around him yet once again after he gets arrested on a narcotics bust. Ned spends some time sleeping on each sister's couch, causing mayhem (if sometimes only the emotional kind) wherever he goes.

The Execution: Rudd is adorable. Standing still and not saying anything, he's adorable. Once he starts spouting Ned-isms (he believes in being super-honest), he's just annoying. And the sisters are even more annoying than he is because as frustrated as they are with him, and against their better judgment, they enable his behavior over and over. This could have easily been called His Idiot Sisters.

The Extras: Deleted and extra scenes, audio commentary by director Jesse Peretz and The Making of Our Idiot Brother featurette.

We can't wait until next week when Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn Low Impact Cardio and Dahling: A Tribute to Zsa Zsa Gabor are released.

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