One of best animated films of the last five years, Pixar’s “Ratatouille” is the story of a culinary obsessed rat, Remy (Patton Oswalt), whose impressive sense of smell leads to a job at a snobbish restaurant. He forms a secret friendship with a struggling garbage boy and together they become the talk of the town.
If you can stand the sight of rats crawling around in cabinets, pantries and kitchen counters, you’ll love this film. It has more heart than most big-budget dramas and superb Pixar animation that makes the nostalgic Paris skyline, intense car chases and amazing rat escapes far better than the real thing. It’s a must-see, suitable for all ages.
Special features on the DVD include two short animated films, “Your Friend the Rat” and “Lifted,” along with a making-of documentary and a slew of deleted scenes.
Rent or buy: Buy.
SEINFELD — SEASON NINE
The final season of the “show about nothing” offers up 24 episodes on four discs and completes the “Seinfeld” catalog on DVD. As with the previous “Seinfeld” DVDs, the final season is loaded with extras, including a great retrospective on the final days of the series, scenes from “The Roundtable,” a conversation with the cast and crew nine years after the show ended, seven additional featurettes and bushels of deleted scenes.
This set is well worth the investment, especially for those who already have the first eight seasons. Also available now on DVD is “Seinfeld: The Complete Series,” 180 episodes plus 104 hours of bonus features and a special gift: “The Official Coffee Table Book,” a 226-page volume of photos, quotes and trivia.
Price: $49.95, Season nine, $283.95; the complete series.
Rent or buy: Buy.
DOCTOR WHO — THE COMPLETE THIRD SERIES
When David Tennet began his reign as the latest Doctor in the classic BBC series “Doctor Who,” it wasn’t a sure bet as to how well he would perform. About three episodes into the second season, though, all doubts were put to rest. Tennet was brilliant.
But it was the third season in which Tennet proved he was born for the role, rivaling some of the classic Doctors of old. His terrific performances were buoyed by inventive scripts and a fun, new companion, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). The six-disc DVD set has six hours of bonus features including video diaries from the set, a set tour, outtakes, deleted scenes and more. Price: $99.98. Rent or buy: Buy.
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
A surprisingly pro-gay and funny film, “Chuck and Larry” tells the unlikely tale of two manly-men firefighters who agree to get married after one of them, Larry (Kevin James), finds out he missedthe deadline to make his kids beneficiaries of his pension after his wife died.
He calls in a favor from his reluctant friend Chuck (Adam Sandler), a classic womanizer who has to relearn everything he’s ever believed in order to pull it off. It sounds like a cliché, but this film is surprisingly charming with solid comedy throughout.
Rent or buy: Rent.
Controversial director Michael Moore returns to DVD, this time tackling the numerous problems and perceived issues involving the health care industry.
Moore’s personal and political bias leaves a bit to be desired in all of his films, but after watching “Sicko” it’s hard to deny that the U.S. health care system needs a swift kick in the rear. The film doesn’t solve anything, but at least it might wake a few minds to the possibility that changes are indeed needed. Price: $29.95. Rent or buy: Rent.
Also coming out on DVD Tuesday: “Leading Ladies Collection — Volume 2,” “Deck the Halls,” “The X-Files — The Complete Collector’s Edition,” “Flight of the Conchords — The Complete First Season,” “King of Queens — The Complete Series,” “Project Runway — Season Three,” “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” “The Coen Brothers Collection,” “Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon,” “Martin — The Complete Third Season,” “Iron King — The Complete Series,” “MXC — Volume Three.”