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This week's DVD, Blu-ray releases: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4', 'Insidious'

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Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in 'Insidious'
There's something for everyone this week, whether it's some swashbuckling action in the form of Pirates of the Caribbean 4, plenty of scares in Insidious or a nostalgic look back at the '80s in retro-comedy Take Me Home Tonight. And that's not forgetting all six Star Wars films hitting Blu-ray in a mightily impressive Complete Saga collection.

Below we list the biggest Blu-ray and DVD releases out in stores today.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: The fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise doesn't quite top the original, but a back-to-basics and narrower approach helps On Stranger Tides surpass the rather convoluted second and third films. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, forced to hunt for the Fountain of Youth by Angelica (Penélope Cruz) and the antagonistic Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is also heading towards the destination with a vendetta against Blackbeard. Series mainstays Depp and Rush are no doubt the best part of the action-adventure, and despite one or two misgivings (the chemistry between Depp and Cruz is unconvincing), Pirates fans will find a fun and enjoyable movie.
Bonus features: Bloopers; LEGO shorts; audio commentary by director Rob Marshall and executive producer John DeLuca.

Watch a trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides below:



Insidious
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: Despite a very modest budget of an estimated $1.5 million, this chilling horror is likely to have you on edge for most of its runtime. Watchmen's Patrick Wilson and the gorgeous Rose Byrne (Damages, X-Men: First Class) are two parents whose son is trapped in a coma after they move into what appears to be a haunted house. They soon enlist the help of a paranormal activity expert (Lin Shaye) to save their child. Insidious, like Paranormal Activity before it, proves that you don't need obscene amounts of money to draw up scares. The first two-thirds of the film are especially scary and tense - shying away from blood and guts and instead teasing what could be out there with a sinister atmosphere and disturbing images. One to watch for horror buffs.
Bonus features: Featurettes including 'Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar', 'On Set with Insidious' and 'Insidious Entities'; trailer.

Watch a trailer for Insidious below:



Take Me Home Tonight
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: Production for this actually finished in 2007, four years before it was eventually released in cinemas. Take Me Home Tonight takes place in 1988 and follows Matt Franklin (Topher Grace), a bright young graduate who's stuck working for a video store. Much of the film takes place during one evening as he attends a party with his sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and friend Barry (Dan Fogler). Sex, drugs and a gothy Michelle Trachtenberg, this retro-comedy is fine for what it is with strong performances from Grace and Teresa Palmer, though it does suffer from a lack of good laughs. On another note, Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt appears as Wendy's boyfriend - which is cute since Pratt and Faris hit it off in real life and married in 2009.
Bonus features: Deleted scenes; 'Take Me Home Tonight' music video; 'Cast Get Together' featurette.

Watch a trailer for Take Me Home Tonight below:




Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor
Format: BD
The movie: This nine-disc edition is a must-have for Star Wars fanatics looking to upgrade to Blu-ray. All six films are included, starting from Episode IV: A New Hope when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is drawn into a plot to take down Darth Vader's Death Star to Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the final chapter that reveals how Darth Vader initially came to succumb to the Dark Side. The Star Wars franchise is incredibly revered and has had a massive effect on pop culture including several parodies and spoofs over the years (many of which have been added to this definitive collection). If you've missed out on all of this before now, you should finally see what the fuss is about.
Bonus features: Three discs with 30 hours of bonus features including - commentaries and interviews; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; 'Star Warriors' documentary; making of The Empire Strikes Back retrospective; original 'making of' documentaries for all three original movies; collection of Star Wars spoofs; special effects featurette; 'Star Wars Tech' retrospective covering vehicles, weapons and gadgets; matte paintings and concept art.

Watch a video clip from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope below:



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