Digital Home's top pick on Blu-ray this week is "Whip-it", a comedy film from 20th Century Fox directed by Drew Barrymore in her directorial debut.

The film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a small town teenager and former beauty pageant winner who breaks free of her small-town bonds by joining a roller derby team she discovers in Austin, Texas.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Despite a poor box office gross, the film received generally positive reviews from critics. At the Rotten Tomatoes' site the film holds an overall approval rating of 82 percent.

One other release worth mentioning this week include "Michael Jackson's This is It", a documentary–concert film directed by Kenny Ortega that documents Michael Jackson's rehearsals and preparation for the concert series of the same name scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but canceled due to his death eighteen days prior on June 25.

The following is a list of Blu-ray titles set for release this week. (Canadian readers should note that not all titles may be available in this country)
  • $5 A Day
  • Alone in the Dark II
  • Atonement
  • Fame (1980)
  • Giselle
  • Give 'em Hell Malone
  • Kong: Return to the Jungle
  • Michael Jackson: This Is It
  • Paris, Texas
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Rebellion
  • Saw VI
  • Soul Power
  • Surrogates
  • Toolbox Murders (1978)
  • Whip It
  • Wild Ocean

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