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Home theater: Fall DVD lineup teems with positive values and themes

Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 2:32 p.m. MDT

  • DVD release date: Oct. 9
  • Synopsis: “Arthur Christmas” also emanates from the quirky comedic geniuses at Aardman Animations. But unlike the stop-motion Claymation of “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and “Wallace & Grommit,” this cheery tale about Santa’s North Pole operation is digitally animated. Fun family themes run throughout “Arthur Christmas,” which had its theatrical release in November 2011.
  • Common Sense Media recommendation: Age 5
  • Ok.com’s Worth Your Time: 90 percent
  • MPAA rating: PG for some mild rude humor

BIG BLOCKBUSTERS

'The Hunger Games'

  • DVD release date: Aug. 18
  • Synopsis: After grossing $407 million at the domestic box office, “Hunger Games” zipped into stores with all the momentum of a fast-flying arrow from Katniss Everdeen’s bow. Primary protagonist Katniss sacrifices her own safety for the benefit of her younger sister. Studio executives deemed “Hunger Games” worthy of a very rare Saturday DVD release (all other films on this list are slated for Tuesday DVD debuts). While it carries some powerful themes, this one is not for young kids.
  • Common Sense Media recommendation: Age 13
  • Ok.com’s Worth Your Time: 93 percent
  • MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense thematic violent material and disturbing images — all involving teens

'The Avengers'

  • DVD release date: Sept. 25
  • Synopsis: “The Avengers” netted $617 million domestically with an ensemble cast starring the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. Not-so-spoiler alert: teamwork ultimately trumps alien invasion.
  • Common Sense Media recommendation: Age 13
  • Ok.com’s Worth Your Time: 98 percent
  • MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference

J.G. Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at jaskar@desnews.com or 801-236-6051.

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