10 Best DVD Releases August 2008

Monday, November 22 by Natalie Kuchik

The 10 best DVD releases from August 2008 contain some movies starring prominent actors and popular teen musicians. Comedies and feel good family movies dominate the list of ten best DVD releases of August 2008. A couple of the DVDs were never released in theaters, so their their popularity is based on DVD sales. 

  1. "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning" The direct-to-DVD prequel is set a year before the events of the original movie. This animated children's film follows Ariel's quest to restore music to Atlantica. This is one of the best DVD releases because it was the highest ranking movie from August, which sold 2.23 million copies.
  2. "What Happens in Vegas" This DVD grosse 24 million dollars in sales. The comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher as strangers who meet in Vegas and get married while drunk. One wins a jackpot after playing the other's quarter and they try to undermine each other and get their hands on the money.
  3. "Nim's Island" A family adventure movie about Nim, a young girl living with her scientist father on an unspoiled tropical island. The heartfelt tale takes a turn for the worst when Nim's father embarks on a day of research at sea and gets lost. This DVD grossed 18 million dollars in sales.
  4. "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" One of the best DVD releases from August 2008 because it follows two popular singing acts on tour, Miley Cyrus and the Jona Brothers. She performs as both a solo artist and as her popular television character, Hannah Montana. The DVD grossed 18.1 million dollars in sales.
  5. "Prom Night" A remake of the 1980 horror movie with the same name. "Prom Night" is about a girl and her friends being hunted and attacked by a killer on their prom night. The DVD grossed 8.5 million dollars.
  6. "Camp Rock" This Disney Channel original movie stars teen heart throbs the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. The story follows Mitchie Torres, an aspiring young musician who is hoping to become a professional singer and attends "Camp Rock." The DVD sold over 1 million copies and grossed 17.4 million dollars in sales.
  7. "Smart People" This dark comedy grosses 3.4 million dollars in sales. The movie is about a recently widowed professor juggling love, a failing career and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. "Smart People" stars award winning actors Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church.
  8. "Street Kings" This crime drama grossed 13.4 million dollars in sales and stars Keanu Reeves as a Los Angeles police officer who did what was needed to solve homicides until a wake-up call makes him realize he can't play the game that made him so effective. One of the best DVD releases from August 2008 because it also stars popular actors Hugh Laurie and Forest Whitaker.
  9. "August" The drama stars Josh Hartnett as a young entrepreneur in New York City who struggles after the stock market begins to falter in the weeks leading up to 9/11. The movie was released in July 2008 and was released on DVD only a month later.
  10. "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" This period drama is set in 1938 London and is about a middle-aged governess who finds herself unfairly fired. She takes the opportunity to seize the day and take a job as a social secretary to an actress/singer. The DVD grossed 3.1 million dollars in sales.
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