Renee Zellweger has made a living out of her ability to craft a British accent extremely well; “Miss Potter” continues her streak.
The film tells the tale of the thirtysomething, single Beatrix Potter, whose only real friends are the animals who are the subjects of drawings and stories she creates. But when she sells her tales to a publisher, her life in London begins to change.
Surprisingly, this isn’t a typical romantic comedy. Zellweger delivers a fine performance.
The DVD includes a director audio commentary and two featurettes on the making of the film. But don’t buy this set. It’d be better to wait for a special edition with more features or an extended cut.
Rent or buy: Rent.
PICKET FENCES – SEASON ONE
After an excruciatingly long time, the critically acclaimed series “Picket Fences” comes to digital in a season-one set.
The show is about a sheriff in Rome, Wisc., where nothing is ever what it seems to be. The series is by David E. Kelly, who went on to do “Boston Legal,” “The Practice” and many more.
The box has 22 episodes on six discs.
Rent or buy: Buy!
SILVER SPOONS – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Before Rick Schroeder was hanging with Jack Bauer on Fox’s “24,” he was little Ricky Schroeder on “Silver Spoons.”
The comedy was about a millionaire who acts like a child, who finds out he has a son he never knew about. Soon the son begins to live with the father.
The show deals with issues that 1980s sitcoms always seem to deal with: the school bully, the dad’s dating habits and coming to terms with relationships.
There aren’t many extras on the DVD besides the 22 episodes.
Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.
RENO 911! – MIAMI UNRATED EDITION
You may like this movie, even if you haven’t seen the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!” — the hilarious spoof on “Cops” that has been running for a number of years — on which it’s based.
Enjoy the madcap, gross-out gags in this decent comedy, which isn’t quite funny enough to warrant buying.
Rated R, the movie, does, however, include nudity and bad language, which aren’t obviously, in the regular TV show.
Rent or buy: Rent.
AL PACINO COLLECTION
Many Al Pacino movies are well-known: “The Godfather,” “Heat,” “Scarface,” for example. But here is a collection of lesser-known films he made before he became a Hollywood big wig.
It includes “Chinese Coffee,” “The Local Stigmatic” and “Looking for Richard” as well as a featurette, “Babbleonia,” which overviews his career.
These movies aren’t household names, but fans may enjoy them.
Rent or Buy: Rent.
AFTER DARK HORRORFEST: THE ABANDONED
“The Abandoned” is a movie that was part of last year’s After Dark Horrorfest, which brought independent horror films to mainstream theaters where they typically wouldn’t be shown.
It’s about a woman who, while searching for her birth parents, learns she inherited a haunted house in the middle of a Russian forest. “Abandoned,” the most successful film of the After Dark group, ended up getting a wide-screen run throughout the country.
Rent or buy: A good rental.
Other DVDs out Tuesday: “The Manhattan Project: Special Edition,” “Blue Planet,” “Batfink: The Complete Series,” “Perry Mason – Season 2, Vol. 1,” “Inside Out,” “Dynamite Warrior,” “Perry Mason: Season Two, Volume One,” “Longford,” “Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea, Season 3, Volume 1” and “Yo-Yo Cop Girl.”