Animated and magical 'Illusionist' is new on DVD this week

This week's new DVD releases include an animated film that picked up an Oscar nomination and the concert film of a young music superstar.

"The Illusionist": This is a brilliant effort from director Sylvain Chomet, whose past work includes the equally magnificent "The Triplets of Belleville."

The story of the discovery and loss of magic through the relationship of a veteran magician and a young girl is hypnotic. It's made even more spellbinding by the crisp animation used to bring the world to life.

Chomet's film is both a sad commentary and a bold embrace of how life is always changing in magical ways.

"No Strings Attached": This is Ivan Reitman's first attempt at directing a pure romantic comedy. "No Strings Attached" misses so badly he should take it as a sign and stick to films about ghost busting.

This romantic comedy is a disaster. What should have been an explosion of love and laughter ends up a total dud because the movie was miscast, has inane writing and is too predictable.

"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never": This concert/documentary film is the story of the rise of Justin Bieber from street performer to superstar. It's an interesting mix of performance and behind-the scenes material.

Even if you don't have Bieber Fever it's an interesting and entertaining offering.

Also new on DVD this week:

"Blue Valentine": A young couple deal with the highs and lows of their relationship. Ryan Gosling stars.

"My First Collection Featuring Splat the Cat": The 3-DVD set includes 14 stories adapted from children's books.

"Cougars, Inc.": A young man starts an escort service that features mature women. Denise Richards and Kyle Gallner star.

"Black Death": Sean Bean stars in this story of a quest to find a haven from the black plague in 1348.

"I Saw The Devil": The violent tale of murder and revenge comes from Ji-Woon Kim.

"Dahmer vs. Gacy": Horror story about a doctor trying to create the ultimate killer by combining the DNA of Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy.

"Webster: Season 2": The 4-DVD set includes 26 episodes from the series about a retired football player (Alex Karras) who becomes the guardian for a former teammate's son.