Lead performers shine in 'Wrestler,' 'Frost/Nixon'

Everyone who didn't see The Wrestler and Frost/Nixon in a movie theater went to grab them Tuesday, when they were released on DVD. Can't blame them. Stars Mickey Rourke and Frank Langella, respectively, were nominated for the Academy Award for best actor, and Frost/Nixon was nominated as best film.

In The Wrestler, Rourke plays a professional grappler decades past his prime — kind of like the actor — who can't seem to quit doing the only thing he knows how to do. The DVD is rated R and lists for $29.98 or $39.99 on Blu-ray. Extras include the Bruce Springsteen The Wrestler music video and a featurette, Within the Ring.

In Frost/Nixon, Langella and co-star Michael Sheen re- create their Broadway roles as former President Richard Nixon and British talk-show host David Frost, respectively, in a story about the biggest "get" in television news history: the disgraced president on the hot seat being badgered, cajoled and played into admitting, finally, that he had betrayed the presidency and broken the law. The Frost/Nixon DVD also is rated R and lists for $29.98 or $39.98 on Blu-ray.

Also of interest this week is The Line, a gritty thriller from Australia that stars David Barry and Andy McPhee (fans of the Australian TV series McCleod's Daughters will recognize him) as cops assigned to solve the murder of an Asian crime kingpin and prevent a gang war. Nobody does dark cop dramas quite like the Australians — remember Lantana, the film that introduced a lot of Americans to Anthony LaPaglia in 2001? Sometimes it's hard to tell the cops from the criminals in The Line, but Michael Adante has written and filmed a moody, atmospheric drama that is, to say the least, arresting. The Line is not rated and lists for $22.95.