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Capsule reviews of new DVD releases follow:

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (Paramount, ’09) $29.98. 149 minutes. The alliance forged between the Autobots and humans is threatened when the Decepticons pursue Sam, who holds the secret to the Transformers origins on Earth. With Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Rainn Wilson, John Turturro. PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, profanity, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug use)

CHERI (Miramax Films) $29.99. 92 minutes. Asked to show a man half her age how to treat a woman, a retired seductress falls for her student and a six-year relationship ensues ... until he is presented with an 18-year-old bride. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones. R (sexual content and brief drug use)

1/2

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE (Virgil Films and Entertainment, ’08) $19.95. 94 minutes. Madonna explores AIDS and poverty in Malawi, the homeland of her two adopted children. With Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Jeffrey D. Sachs. NR (Subtitled)

THE L WORD: COMPLETE SERIES PACK (Showtime Ent.) $235.89. 24 discs. DVD bundle includes the final season of the cable series that delved into the everyday lives of lesbian friends living in L.A. With Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Marlee Matlin. NR

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