VIDEO: Wahlberg back in action
Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, "Contraband" has a gloomy, propulsive, working-class energy that feels slightly more like European cinema than Hollywood. When we first meet Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), he has left the smuggling game to raise a family and build a legitimate business. But when his wife's younger brother, Andy, winds up in hock to a volatile drug dealer (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced to take up his old ways to pay off the debt and to keep Andy from being shot in the head. But the plan spins rapidly, and bloodily, out of control. "Contraband" delivers rewards, both expected and unexpected. The DVD and Blu-ray (Universal, $30-$35) include commentary by Kormakur and producer Evan Hayes, deleted scenes and making-of featurettes. -WASHINGTON POST
Also out Tuesday
- "The Fields"
- "The Innkeepers"
- "Let the Bullets Fly"
- "The Wicker Tree"
- "The Amazing Race" (Seasons 5 & 6)
- "Car 54, Where Are You?" (Season 2)
- "I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster"
- "Marvel Anime: Iron Man"
- "Marvel Anime: X-Men"
- "Titanic" (miniseries)
- "A Hollis Frampton Odyssey"
- "The Jayhawkers"
- "The Organizers"
GAME: Find your way in the dark
If it's in the dark, it doesn't exist in "Closure" ($15 download for PS3; rated Everyone), a deviously clever game that once again proves all the brilliant ideas for rethinking 2-D games aren't yet taken. The vast majority of a level exists in complete blackness, and anything that exists in blackness doesn't exist at all. The object is to use the available light sources -- some static, some maneuverable like adjustable floodlights, some you can push around or carry with you -- to design a tenable path to the exit. If the path in front of you is entirely blackened, you need to illuminate it, lest you fall into a bottomless pit of nothingness. If walls block the exit, you must suppress the light to make one of those walls disappear. Sounds easy, right? Sure. But "Closure's" method of terrain manipulation represents an abstract new way to get from A to B. -MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
GADGET: Clean up with iEraser
In today's world of touch screens, they all seem to be magnets for fingerprints and smudges. The iEraser cleaning block ($15, www.bestiproducts.com) is about the size of a deck of cards and has what the company calls "a stable and uniform cleaning surface" on one side of the block to clean your screen. It's basically what we know as an eraser used on chalkboards of the past or dry eraser boards of today, and it works pretty much the same way. Just take the microfiber cloth-like side and, with pressure, wipe it up and down until your device's screen is cleaned to your desire. There's no need for solutions or cleaners. But keep it handy -- you'll need it a few minutes later. -MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE