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RICK BENTLEY The Fresno Bee



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Tuesday’s new DVD releases go from a comedy about the end of the world to a classic animated tale from under the sea.


“THIS IS THE END,” GRADE A-MINUS: Hollywood celebrities try to survive the end of the world. Seth Rogen stars.


There’s every reason in the world to hate “This Is the End,” which makes an unapologetic assault on everything from religious beliefs to sexuality with humor that’s pitch black in tone. And it takes gross-out material so far beyond conventional social limits that it makes “The Hangover” look like a Nickelodeon movie. It lewdly kicks what’s acceptable right in the political correctness. What makes this movie work is the take-no-prisoners script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. No one’s career or public persona is safe from comic attack.


“THE CROODS,” GRADE C-MINUS: If this is an example of what’s supposed to be prehistoric comedy, then the genre should be allowed to become extinct. There’s the potential for humor, but it never develops beyond a few sight gags that will entertain the preschool crowd.


“THE LITTLE MERMAID,” GRADE A: The animated tale of a mermaid who longs to leave the water is being released for the first time on Blu-ray.


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Also available this week:


“GLEE: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON”: It’s a season of big changes as Rachel and Kurt move to New York.


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