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Freak

On the occasion of comedian John Leguizamo's newest Broadway run, Ghetto Klown, director Spike Lee's filmed version of Leguizamo's original Broadway one-person play finally – finally – comes to DVD after nearly a decade in bootleg hell. It's a cause for celebration, to be sure: Leguizamo is at once hilarious and touching as he relates the stories of his childhood, the loss of his virginity to a prostitute and the post-fame reckoning he found with his drunken, angry father. (His version of how his mother kicked his father out of the house is a roller coaster of emotion, the climax of which is one of the most feel-good dance numbers you'll ever see from one person on a stage.) (available June 19)

Special Features: None

Monogamy

Emerging character actor Chris Messina (Julie & Julia, Vicki Christina Barcelona) stars as Theo, a photographer in flux, both in his career and in his engagement to Nat (the lovely Rashida Jones), an accident-prone lounge folk singer who has lost all receptiveness to his touch. When Nat gets laid up in the hospital, Theo uses the opportunity to stalk an anonymous client who pays him to snap voyeuristic photos of her seemingly naughty, very public deeds. Nat, in turn, takes advantage of her solitude by getting the mourning out of the way for their crumbling relationship. Directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, whose last film, the documentary Murderball, earned him an Oscar nomination, Monogamy is languorous and insecure. Shapiro's lack of narrative experience shows around the edges – especially the "erotic thriller" aspect of Theo's new hobby – but it's smart about love and both Messina and Jones are fully capable of selling their respective stages of forlornness. Now give Jones a vehicle that can really move, will ya, Hollywood? (available now)

Special Features: Deleted scenes, outtakes, screenplay, music video

Red Riding Hood

Yes, I am quite literally one of the only critics in the nation who enjoyed this retelling of the famous fairy tale and the way Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke ramps up the lycanthropy angle (and star Amanda Seyfried's cleavage). And following my wife and my sister's taunts that I'm dead wrong for liking it, I'm willing to finally admit that, well, it may not have been worth the hefty price of admission while it was in theaters. But now that it can be enjoyed from the couch, I implore you to give it another shot. After a creaky start, Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson works matinee magic, contorting the material into an easy bull's-eye for Hardwicke to hit and working in some decent cautionary lessons of his own. And you couldn't ask for a more captivating Red than Seyfried, whose hypnotic eyes are able to support an entire motif of their own. Also: Who's up for an alternate ending? Just me? (available now)

Special Features: Extended cut with alternate ending

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