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Top Blu-ray Releases of the Week

By Arlen Schweiger
Some two-fer releases and some good titles you may have missed.


Director Steven Soderbergh has a pretty good track history. So does actor Matt Damon. So how is it that so many people missed out on The Informant! when it was in the theaters?


Whistleblower movies are always entertaining and informative, and this one seems like it would make for good viewing. Maybe not as gritty as The Insider, but a good look at big business nonetheless. It's based on a true story.


Another lesser-known screener is about a big-mouthed football manager - football as in soccer - in the demanding English Premier League. It's called The Damned United, a dark comedy about the brief tenure of the manager of reigning champ Leeds United. Should be a must-see for sports fans, and with the screenplay by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen and Frost/Nixon, it should be engaging for most viewers.


Here are our top Blu-ray releases this week.



The Informant!

A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Mark Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion.

The Damned United

From the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel by David Peace, The Damned United' is directed by Tom Hooper and stars Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) as the legendary, opinionated football manager Brian Clough, with a look at his brief tenure of Leeds United.

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