An erotic drama from France is the week's top new video - unless you're one of those people who just can't wait to see slasher-movie icons Freddy and Jason get it on.
THIS WEEK'S RENT
"Swimming Pool," the first English-language feature from director Francois Ozon, stars Charlotte Rampling as a repressed British novelist who's searching for inspiration at a French villa owned by her publisher. Matters take a sinister, mysterious turn when the promiscuous daughter of the publisher (Ludivine Sagnier) arrives at the villa as well. Ozon hasn't included a commentary track on the DVD; he's said that he wants viewers to scope out the mysteries of "Swimming Pool" for themselves. 102 minutes. Available in unrated and R-rated versions; the unrated version apparently features a touch more nudity.
"Freddy vs. Jason" pits a pair of horror icons - metal-clawed Freddy Krueger of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" vs. the hockey-masked Jason from "Friday the 13th" - against each other. The movie did surprisingly well at the box office, and even drew some reasonably respectful reviews. Still, you know right now if you're going to rent this movie - and reviews aren't going to change your mind one way or another. The DVD includes a "Jump to a Death" feature that lets you skip all that inessential stuff between the murders. 97 minutes. R, restricted, for violence, profanity, sexuality, drug use.
"Johnny English" stars Rowan Atkinson as a bumbling secret agent in this good-natured spy spoof. The DVD includes deleted scenes. 88 minutes. PG, parental guidance suggested, for some crude humor and mild profanity.
The first season of Larry David's HBO comedy series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is just out on a two-disc set with 10 episodes. Š "The Best of Mr. Ed" has three discs featuring 21 episodes pulled from the first three seasons of the 1960s TV show about a talking horse. Š "Green Acres: The Complete First Season" features the first 32 episodes of the increasingly bizarre country-life 1960s sitcom, which was strongly echoed in Paris Hilton's "The Simple Life." Š "Lost in Space: The Complete First Season" has 29 black-and-white episodes from the 1960s sci-fi series, including the never-aired original pilot, which didn't have the robot or the nasty Dr. Smith. Š The first six episodes of the British spy series "MI-5," which some critics say compares favorably to "24," are featured on a new three-disc set.
Coming next week: "Spellbound," "Open Range" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."