A small gem on DVD and Blu-ray

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Updated: 4/09/2013 10:09 am

The big new release on DVD and Blu-ray this week is "Hyde Park on Hudson" with Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The film focuses on the president's reported love affair with Margaret Suckley (Laura Linney) and is based on her private journals and diaries that were discovered after her death.

But if you're looking for something a little different, I implore you to check out "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." It's been out on disc for a few weeks.

It's based on the critically-acclaimed 1999 novel by Stephen Chbosky, who adapted it himself for the screen and directs.
    
Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson and the Olympians") plays Charlie, a 15-year-old aspiring writer starting high school. Haunted by a troubled past, he's painfully shy and can only manage to correspond with a made-up friend.

Charlie almost accidentally makes friends with two seniors - the flamboyant Patrick, played by Ezra Miller and the alluring Sam, played by "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson.

This is an often charming little movie, but it also has moments that sneak up on you and break your heart. Lerman, Miller and Watson are all terrific with each character hiding hurt and finding ways to connect.

Although it's set in the early 90s, the story and the issues the movie deals with make it feel very of the moment.

The soundtrack is pretty great, too.

The movie has its emotional highs and lows - moments of excitement and sweetness punctuated by notes of darkness, confusion and angst.
    
You know - just like high school.

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Bronti - 4/17/2013 6:19 PM
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Loagn Lerman is the hottest Jewish boy ever.
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