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Best Bets: Bootleggers take the big screen in 'Lawless'

The summer entertainment is quieting down, but Shia LaBeouf's bootlegger film, "Lawless," still looks like it might be worth drinking up. And if you're into pirates or zombies, this is a good DVD/Blu-ray week for you.

TUESDAY: 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits'
No, not those pirates -- not the Caribbean, black-eyeliner-addicted Johnny Depp variety. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" is an animated comedy done in Wallace and Gromit stop-motion style, with Hugh Grant as the bumbling pirate captain and Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek and others also lending their voices. The New Yorker's review called the action "beautifully staged, delightful and exciting." (Out on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 28.)


TUESDAY: 'Walking Dead' second season
"The Walking Dead" are still walking, and decaying, and eating, and getting shot all to heck by our scrappy band of survivors in AMC's hit gross-out horror series "The Walking Dead." The second season hits DVD and Blu-ray this week. Yes, this is the season where we finally find out what happens to Sophia -- although many fans burned out on caring about her well before the show did. The third season premieres Oct. 14, so rent or buy this season now to ensure you're all caught up for more zombie madness in the fall. (Out on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 28.)

FRIDAY: 'Lawless'
Today, when you can buy liquor just about anywhere, it's hard to imagine those long-ago Prohibition days, when alcohol was made secretly in bathtubs and hidden farmhouses, and anyone taking a drink was breaking the law of the land. In "Lawless," Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy play Depression-era bootleggers whose illegal profession wraps them in a blanket of danger, especially when corrupt cops want a sip of the profits. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce also star. (Opens Aug. 31.)

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