The biggest movie this week is Daniel Craig's (Infamous, Layer Cake) second outing as superspy James Bond in Quantum of Solace. Starting only minutes after the credits roll in Casino Royale, Bond returns to M. (Judi Dench: Notes on a Scandal, Mrs. Brown) still trying to make sense of the chaos and body count, and following a path that leads further into a mysterious organization, and one of its agents (Mathieu Amalric: Munich, A Secret). Directed by Marc Forster (Stranger than Fiction, Monster's Ball) and written by Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah), Solace is a globe-trotting adventure that puts Bond in conflict with his CIA ally (Jeffrey Wright: Cadillac Records, Broken Flowers) and in league with a beautiful Bolivian agent (Olga Kurylenko: Hitman, Max Payne), he defies MI6 to run from one frantic, fast paced action scene to the next. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
For this week's animated releases, Disney's Oscar-nominated Bolt stars John Travolta (Wild Hogs, Battlefield Earth) as a superhero dog in a TV series, where he and his owner (Miley Cyrus: Hannah Montana, High School Musical 2) have weekly adventures combating the evil Dr. Calico (Malcolm McDowell: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Gangster No. 1)... but when Bolt escapes his trailer into the real world, he doesn't know that he's not a super-dog, and sets out to "rescue" his owner, with the help of a New York alley cat (Susie Essman: The Man, The Secret Lives of Dentists) and Bolt fan in a hamster ball (Mark Walton: Chicken Little, Home on the Range). The other new animated feature this week is Happily Never After 2, a sequel that takes a new cast of fairytale characters and places them in a modern cartoon comedy. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Kristen Stewart (Jumper, Into the Wild) stars in a pair of movies this week, including the film version of the wildly popular teen vampire romance novel Twilight (on DVD and Blu Ray, Now with Rifftrax!), where she stars as Bella, who moves to a small Washington town with her father (Billy Burke: Untraceable, Fracture) and starts a relationship with the enigmatic Edward (Robert Pattinson: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix), a vampire. Though Edward and his family don't hunt humans, Bella becomes the target of a nomadic tracker vampire (Cam Gigandet: The O.C, Never Back Down). Stewart also stars in Mary Stuart Masterson's (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon) directorial debut Cake Eaters, a small-town drama about two interconnecting families, with Aaron Stanford (X-Men 2, Spartan) and Jayce Bartok (The Station Agent, Swing Kids).
Set in Norway in the 1860s, I Am Dina stars Maria Bonnevie (Insomnia, The 13th Warrior), who feels guilt about the deaths of those close to her. Made wealthy and powerful by her marriage to a businessman (Gerard Depardieu: Babylon A.D, Between Strangers), her life seems to be a happy one, but death continues to follow her and friends from her past (Christopher Eccleston: 28 Days Later, The Others) begin to emerge. With Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, King Arthur) and Pernilla August (Attack of the Clones, Fanny & Alexander).
Two DVDs out of the Global Lens collection are new this week. The Kite is an Arabic fairy tale, the journey of a girl named Lamia to cross the Lebanon/Israel border to marry a man she's never met, even though she is in love with an Israeli border guard. Based on a story from the Hindu Ramayana, Opera Jawa is the story of a love triangle, and a wife tempted away from her husband by a suitor's song and dance.
Rob Schneider (You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Hot Chick) stars in Big Stan as a con man who is terrified of his fate in prison. With six months to prepare, he hires The Master (David Carradine: Kung Fu Killer, Kill Bill) to train him to defend himself. With Jennifer Morrison (Surviving Christmas, Urban Legends: Final Cut).
A companion piece to The Watchmen currently in theaters, Tale of the Black Freighter is the story-within-the-story of the Watchmen comics, with Gerard Butler (RocknRolla, 300) as the voice of the cast away sailor on a gruesome voyage to avenge his family. The disc also includes historical documentaries within the Watchmen world, interviewing the first generation heroes Night Owl (Stephen McHattie: The Fountain, A History of Violence) and Silk Spectre (Carla Gugino: Righteous Kill, Spy Kids).
The third season of Venture Brothers is new this week, finishing the cliffhanger ending of The Monarch's wedding that closed season two, and continuing to detail the backstories of The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, and even Brock Sampson as they discover the origins of the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the Venture family.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection brings back Samuel L. Jackson (The Incredibles, Jumper) as both Afro and his sidekick Ninja Ninja. Afro has retired from a life of violence after achieving his revenge, only to have his old acquaintance Sio (Lucy Liu: Kung Fu Panda, Rise) and her henchman Bin (Mark Hamill: Avatar, Star Wars) come seeking revenge for all the many deaths on Afro's conscience.
The HBO series In Treatment stars Gabriel Byrne (P.S, Dead Man) as Doctor Paul Weston, and covers his nightly sessions over nine weeks, with five patients. Set as a nightly drama, each night is dedicated to a specific patient, over nine weeks, telling their stories over forty three episodes.
Stephen Hawking: The Theory of Everything is a documentary from Discovery's Science Channel, following the questions and thoughts posed by his popular A Brief History of Time. The first DVD of the Star Wars tie-in program Clone Wars, A Galaxy Divided provides the first chapter in the backstory of the Clone Wars that led to the foundation of the Empire.