This week's DVDs

Back from vacation in Rocky Mountains, where internet connections are not so good. Can you hear me now?Not if you're in West Yellowstone, apparently.

Blog posts rather difficult, sorry for the absence. This week's DVD selection is very much pitched to kids -- "Rio," a competent if slightly over-rated major studio animated release about a tame bird falling for a wild bird in sunny Brazil.

There are two indie titles that are just as good -- "Soul Surfer," based on the true story of the Hawaiian girl who returns to competitive surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack. Nice cast, well-acted, good heart, though very earnest. THe same is true of "A Perfect Game," also a fact based story about a team of under-privileged Mexican kids who compete and win with a help of a former pro player (Clifton Collins).

Adults only -- the cult title "Stake Land," which has been described as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" with vampires. Vampire fighting pilgrims seek promised land, fighting vampires along the way. Very bleak, serious minded, with religious overtones -- also shades of "The Book of Eli."