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Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (NR)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

While all of us comic-book nerds who know and love Watchmen the most acclaimed and influential graphic novel of all time are getting ready en masse for Friday's release of the long-awaited live-action adaptation, many non-comic-book fans are clamoring for background material on what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the year. Well, you can buy the original book or, if you hate reading, watch the "motion comic." It's a five-hour-plus literal retelling of the entire saga that isn't fully animated but instead uses frames from the comic, narrated by Tom Stechschulte, with occasional movement. It's more like a book-on-DVD, and, honestly, non-essential. Hold on to your dollars and wait for the real animated Watchmen spin-off, Tales of the Black Freighter, due out on DVD later this month. Louis Fowler

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Sex Drive (NR)

Summit Entertainment

Rob Reiner's 1985 flick The Sure Thing gets all Superbad-ded up in Sex Drive, a passable teen sex comedy from Sean Anders that has enough funny moments to make it a decent Netflix rental. Horny virgin Ian (Josh Zuckerman) meets a hot-to-trot online dream girl and teams up with misogynistic buddy Lance (Clark Duke) for a cross-country trip to hook up. But the fun is complicated by his platonic emo-girl pal (Amanda Crew) tagging along and his ber-macho, homosexuality-obsessed brother tracking down his car, which they stole. It's all very predictable c'mon, you know Ian is going to end up with his punky best friend but amusing, elongated cameos by James Marsden and Seth Green provide laughs and elevate it just enough to get it out of the teen ghetto. Louis Fowler

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Crowley (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment (Release date: March 10)

Crowley, written by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and known in Britain under the cooler title Chemical Wedding, is being touted as a serious horror film. But I'm afraid that terror fans will be sorely disappointed: The movie is actually one of the funniest, blackest British comedies I've seen in a long time. Aleister Crowley, the early-20th-century cult leader who nicknamed himself "The Beast," is resurrected via virtual reality and possesses a timid professor, causing all sorts of depraved havoc. Acclaimed Brit actor Simon Callow essays the possessed prof, relishing every moment with an over-the-top glee that makes the movie even more enjoyable. It's like a Monty Python sketch written by perverted Satanist junkies, which is something I have always wanted to see. And now my life is complete. Louis Fowler

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