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DVD Picks for the week of October 12, 2009
Our recommended DVD releases for the week on October 13, 2008: Tim Disney's indie drama American Violet, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's Adoration, and the box set Free Radical featuring three films by Yugoslavia's Dusan Makavejev.
DVD Picks for the week of March 31, 2009
Guillaume Canet's Tell No One" target="_new">http://Tell No One left me breathless. A fast paced thriller and a heartrending love story, the French sleeper hit film is out this week out on DVD. Aslo available: the biggest success story of 2008, Danny Boyle's <a href="http://worldfilm.about.com/od/independentfilm/fr/slumdog.htm">Slumdog Millionaire.
DVD Picks for the week of March 3, 2009
The best films of 2008 are released on DVD this week: Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Swedish Vampire Film Let The Right One In, Gus Van Sant's Academy Award winning Milk, and the French drama A Secret.
DVD Picks for the week of March 3, 2009
If you didn't catch Kristen Scott Thomas's haunting performance in I've Loved You So Long. Now is your chance. Philippe Claudel's film, which recently won Best First Film at the 2009 Cesar Awards in France. Also this week, French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier's first attempt at an English language film In The Electric Mist and the newly restored edition of Wong Kar Wai's martial arts…
DVD Picks for the week of February 10, 2009
Underdog Melissa Leo received a much deserved Academy Award nomination for her tough performance in Courtney Hunt's drama Frozen River. The riveting film, the story of a single mother who transports immigrants across the border, is out now on DVD. Also available: Silvio Soldini's Days and Clouds and Luis Buñuel’s Exterminating Angel</
DVD Picks for the week of January 6, 2009
We've got DVD recommendations to start your new year: Hong Sang-soo’s Woman on the Beach, Jonathan Levine's The Wackness, Eric Guirado's The Grocer's Son, and Jessica Hu's unlikely comedy Ping Pong Playa
Recommend DVDS: November 18, 2008
We're excited about the new DVDS out this week. Wes Anderson's first - and little seen - film Bottle Rocket is a charmer; Audrey Tautou provides her own charm (and displays a naughtly side) in the French comedy Priceless; Werner Herzog makes his own version of a penguin movie in Encounters at the End of the World.
Recommended DVDS: October 14, 2008
Three films you could barely see in theaters are now available on DVD: Fatih Akin's breathtaking The Edge of Heaven relies on missed chances and human connection, John Cusack stars in War, Inc., a must see satire of the Iraq war that was unfairly skewered by critics; and finally Lucia Puenzo's XXY provides a coming of age story like I have never seen before, Alex, a young her…
Recommended DVDS: September 2, 2008
Out this week on DVD: Helen Hunt's directorial debut Then She Found Me, Jamie Babbit's gentle comedy about lesbian anarchists Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Jacques Nolot's riveting drama about an aging gigolo Before I Forget and Joachim Trier's fine film about competing literary superstars in Denmark, Reprise.
Recommended DVDS: July 8, 2008
This week's selection provides a fine mix: Chop Shot a moving drama from independent filmmaker Ramin Bahrani; Heartbeat Detector, a chilling French thriller starring Mathieu Amalric; and Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, Julien Temple's fine documentary about the Clash's frontman.
Recommended DVDS: June 23, 2008
Belgium in the spotlight this week: the neutral nation provides shelter for failed hit men (In Bruges) and reformed rapists on the run (The Free Will). Also Persepolis takes an animated tour of of the Iranian revolution and Solo Sunny shows youth in oppresive East Berlin.
New DVDS: June 17, 2008
Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, received both the 2007 Palme D'or at Cannes and the number one spot in Marcy's own http://Top Ten Movies of 2007 list. After a limited run in theaters, it's out this week on DVD. Also highly recommended: Michel Gondry's hilarious comedy Be Kind Rewind and Nadine Labaki'…
New DVDS: June 12, 2008
Great stuff this week out DVD: five classic Catherine Deneuve films in Lionsgate's terrific box sex, a powerful Iraq documentary about a heavy metal band, and an experimental film from Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang.
New DVDS: June 3, 2008
This week out on DVD: the remastered release of the 1981 cult classic film Diva, Antin Corbin's luminous bio pic Control, and Isild le Besco in The Untouchable.
New DVDS: May 28, 2008
John Cusack plays a grieving father who can't get himself to tell his two daughters that their mother has been killed in action in James Strause's moving drama Grace is Gone. Rather than facing reality, he takes the girls on a road trip. Released on Memorial Day, the Grace is Gone DVD is a more than fitting way to reflect on the personal cost of war.
New DVDS: May 6, 2008
Cinefiles take note: the best films -- and also the most shamefully overlooked films of 2007 -- are out this week on DVD. Don't miss Christophe Honorés homage to the New Wave Movement in French cinema, the movingc Dans Paris. Todd Haynes does Bob Dylan six different ways, including one of the final performances of Heath Ledger in I'm Not There. Indepenedent filmmaker Tom Dicillo wil…
New DVDS: April 29, 2008
We've got three exciting DVDs to recommend this week: Oscar nominated Julian Schnabel's brilliant Diving Bell and The Butterfly, the idiosyncratic indie release The Guatemalan Handshake and Greg Araki's groundbreaking, nihilist AIDS road filmThe Living End, freshly remastered and remixed.
New DVDS: April 22, 2008
Jurgen screamed twice watching Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage. The smart, spooky horror film from Spain is out this week on DVD, along with lesbian horror from CroatiaFine Dead Girls, and two U.S. independents Hannah Takes The Stairs, The Savages, plus the music documentary Wetlands Preserved.
New DVDS: April 15, 2008
Three new comedies are out on DVD this week: watch the funny pregnant teenager in the big hit of 2007 Juno, a broken marriage in a broken country in the African satire Bamako, and Ryan Gosling falls for a blow up doll in Lars and the Real Girl.
New DVDS: April 8, 2007
Drink the milkshake: Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece There Will Be Blood is out today on DVD in a 2-disc DVD set. Also the necessary eco-documentary documentary 11th Hour and the British lesbian charmer Tick Tock Lullaby.
New DVDS: March 26, 2008
The indie romance "Wristcutters: A Love Story "is set in a strange version of the afterlife, and halfway through David Lynch's decidedly weird "Lost Highway," Bill Pullman enters another reality altogether. Among this week's new DVDs, only the classic gangster couple in "Bonnie and Clyde," out in a special edition box set, don't get a second chance.
No Country For Old Men DVD
Winner of The 2008 Best Picture Academy Award, The Coen Brother's No Country For Old Men is out now on DVD. Special features include the features Working With the Coens: Reflections of Cast and Crew and The Making of feature.
New DVDs: February 26, 2008
Two of our favorite films of 2007 are out this week on DVD: Wes Anderson's wonderful The Darjeeling Limited and also Frank Oz' overlooked, laugh-so-hard-you-cry comedy Death At Funeral.
New DVDs: February 19, 2008
Out on DVD this week: three new releases from three master directors. Ang Lee's mysteriously overlooked spy thriller Lust, Caution, Jean Luc-Goddard's new wave classic Pierrot Le Fou and Brian de Palma's controversial Iraq drama Redacted.
New on DVDs: February 12, 2007
John Turturro's Queens musical Romance and Cigarettes is a "working class opera" that only could have sprung from the mind of Barton Fink -- and in a way it did. Romance and Cigarettes starring James Gandolfini. Susan Sarandon, Mandy Moore, Mary Louise Parker, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, and Kate Winslet like you have never seen her before
New DVDs: February 5, 2007
The Great World of Sound takes aim at the dark side of American Idol, capturing the trend of desperate souls looking for a shortcut to fame, and the people behind the scenes who make impossible promises. Craig Zobel's funny and assured debut film was nominated for two 2008 Indie Spirit Awards including Best First Feature.
New DVDs: January 29, 2007
Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science belongs up there with the best of recent coming of age sagas – in the company of such teen classics as Wes Anderson's Rushmore and Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World. Nominated for four indie spirit awards, this improbable comedy about a stuttering teen who joins a debate team to impress a girl was overlooked at the box office.
New DVDs: January 23, 2007
Out this week on DVD: The Criterion Collection's essential box set 4 by Agnes Varda, featuring four great films by the French New Wave filmmaker, the eagerly waited release of Lars Von Triers madcap hospital horror series The Kindgom II and the charming French bio pic Moliere.
New DVDs: January 8, 2007
Stoner jokers, coming of age in Italy, and a gorgeous Benetton ad in space. It's a great week for new DVD releases. Make sure to check out Greg Araki's hilarious stoner comedy Smiley Face starring the fearlessly funny Anna Faris. Also Caterina in the Big City and Sunshine.
New DVDs: December 18, 2007
A busker and an immigrant flower seller (Markéta Irglová) meet in the streets of Dublin in John Carney's musical charmer Once. The film received standing ovations and the Audience Award at Sundance and has gone on to become one of the sleeper hits of 2007. Also out on DVD: The Simpsons Movie.
New DVDs: December 11, 2007
Jurgen saw Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum twice and will attest to the film's extraordinary thrill factor. Also out on DVD this week, the tense indie Interview in which Steve Buscemi and starlet Sienna Miller face out, and the cult classic road filmTwo-Lane Black Top, featuring James Taylor in his only acting role.
New DVD Releases: November 20, 2007
Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn might be the best film of the year that you haven't heard of. Out this week on DVD, Christian Bale stars in this thrilling, fictional retelling of Herzog's 1997 documentary Little Dieter Learns To Fly. Also available, the indie gem Colma: The Musical, the fascinating, never before released on DVD Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,…
New DVD Releases: November 13, 2007
The Europe Edition: Shane Meadow's This Is England, Olivier Assayas's La Vie En Rose, the homage of the city of lights Paris, Je t'aime, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's fifteen hour epic Berlin Alexanderplatz.
New DVD Releases: November 6, 2007
Our top DVD picks of the week: Michael Moore's documentary Sicko , from France, Julie Gavras's ridiculously charming debut film "Blame It on Fidel , and acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang's erotic drama I Don't Want To Sleep Alone.
New DVD releases: October 30, 2007
Out this week on DVD, Kasi Lemmons' exuberant Talk To Me ranks as the most overlooked film of the year. Hopefully, Don Cheadle will receive a deserved Oscar nomination to get this film the viewers it deserves. Also Charles Ferguson's documentary No End In Sight, Day Watch and In The Land of Women.
New on DVD: October 23, 2007
Nothing caught our interest this week in the land of new DVD releases; instead, it's a look back as the Criterion Collection restores three essential classics: Jean Luc Goddard's New Wave masterpiece Breathless, Terrence Malick's gorgeous tragedy Days of Heaven, and John Huston's complicated thriller Under The Volcano.
New on DVD: October 16, 2007
Robert Rodriguez's zombie shocker Planet Terror, new on DVD today, is great schlocky fun. It's Rose McGowan with a machine gun for a leg -- what's not to like? Also new this week: Michael Winterbottom's Daniel Pearl drama A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie, and Aki Karismaki's overlooked sleeper Lights in the Dusk.
New on DVD: October 16, 2007
Good news: the 191 minute atrocity that was Grindhouse has been broken into two,
New on DVD: October 9, 2007
Quality independent films are finding new life on DVD: check out Ramin Bahrani's eye opening drama Man Push Cart, Gus van Sant's first film Mala Noche, Oren Rudavsky's The Treatment, and the hilarious horror blood fest from New Zealand Black Sheep.
New on DVD: September 18, 2007
It's a good week for obscure foreign films out on DVD: Lars Von Trier's office satire The Boss of It All, the absurd Belgian comedy L'Iceberg, and the moving Tibetan documentary Dreaming Lhasa.
New DVD Releases: September 11, 2007
Canadian actress Sarah Polley's remarkable directorial debut Away From Her is out this week on DVD. Also worthy: the Belgian film Private Property, featuring Isabelle Huppert as a deliciously creepy mother of teenage sons, and The Sissi Collection, the German classic series, starring the irrepressible Romy Schneider, out in a new 5-Disc box set.
New DVD Releases: September 4, 2007
With the groundbreaking release of "Stranger Than Paradise," Jarmusch introduced a new generation of film fans to a new kind of art house film: black and white, aimless, introspective, and always, always, undeniably cool. The Criterion Collection releases "Stranger Than Paradise," "Night on Earth," and "Permanent Vacation" this week on DVD.
New DVD Releases: August 28, 2007
You may have heard about mumblecore. This week, Benton Films releases LOL by Hannah Takes The Stairs director Joe Swanberg, previously only screened at festivals. Also new on DVD: Alexandra Lipsitz's surprisingly funny documentary Air Guitar Nation,, a comedy from Iran and a thriller from Scotland.
New DVD Releases: August 21
New releases on DVD: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's "Lives of Others" (winner of the 2006 Best Foreign Film Academy Award), Zoey Cassavete's "Broken English" (don't be surprised in Parker Posey picks up best cctress later this year at the Indie Spirit Awards for her performance) and the Criterion Collection release of David Mamet's directorial debut, the tense thriller "The House of Games."
New DVD Releases: July 17, 2007
Recommended DVD picks of this week: a new director's cut of Factory Girl, the Edie Sedgewick bio pic starring Sienna Miller, two new French films, the charming romantic comedy from France Avenue Montaigne and the Billy Wilder classic Ace in the Hole.
New DVD Releases - May 22, 2007
Small treasure alert: Diego Lerman's "Suddenly" (2002), a 94 minute black and white film out of Argentina, has being released on DVD. Fans of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, make sure to watch this small charmer about an overweight shop clerk who goes on the road with two punk lesbians. Also Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim," out now in theaters, is also available on DVD and Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words."
New DVD Releases - May 15, 2007
Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" is a film to be watched over and over again. That need can be induldged: the grim fairy tale is released today on DVD. Also Karen Moncrief's woefully overlooked drama The Dead Girl and Darren Aronofsky's spectacle The Fountain.
New DVD Releases - May 8, 2007
Two new DVD Claude Chabrol releases today: one old, one new. Isabelle Hubbert stars in both and watching this compelling French actress' range is quite a treat. "Comedy of Power" features Hubbert as a tenacious judge; "Violette" features an impetuous youth on the other side of the law. Also on DVD: John Curran's sumptuous adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's "The Painted Veil" starring Ed Norton and Naomi Watts.
New on DVD: April 10, 2007
Pedro Almodovar's "Volver," out now on DVD, is a joy to behold. Penelope Cruz gives the performance of her career as Raimundo, an embittered woman with a secret. Also Justin Kirk charms in the independent romantic comedy "Flannel Pajamas" and a star studded ensemble cast enlivens Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby."
New on DVD
It didn't make megabucks at the box office, was overlooked in critics end of the year top ten lists and by the Academy, but oh, my, was Alfonso Cuaron's dystopian thriller Children of Men an amazing movie. Three months after it's shameful release, the film has been rushed out on DVD. Don't miss it.
New on DVD: The Bridesmaid, Come Early Morning
Four terrific films that slipped through the theaters in 2006 are all available on DVD: Claude Chabrol's chillling thriller "The Bridemaid", Joey Lauren Adam's directorial debut "Come Early Morning", Alex de Iglesia's black comedy "The Perfect Murder", and Laura Poitras' Oscar nominated documentary about an Iraqi doctor "My Country, My Country."
New on DVD: Shortbus
The top DVD releases for the week of March 13, 2007: "Shortbus," "Casino Royale," and "My Sister Maria."
New DVD Releases - March 6
It's BORAT time: Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilarious Oscar-nominated road trip is out this week on DVD, loaded with special features. Also Richard Linklater's FAST FOOD NATION, and twisted horror films from Germany and Japan.
New DVD Releases - February 27, 2007
Bob Dylan, manipulative writers, and girl's basketball: it's another week of eclectic DVD picks. Don't miss the special features filled rerelease of D.A. Pennebaker's groundbreaking" Don't Look Back", Marc Forster's "Stranger Than Fiction," and Ward Serrill's unexpectedly moving documentary "The Heart of the Game."
New DVD Releases - February 20 2007
Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel and Sofia Coppola's epic failure Marie Antoniette are out on DVD today. We, however, recommend different fare: The Bicycle Thieves, Shut Up and Sing, andA Guide To Recognizing Your Saints.
New DVD Releases - February 13, 2007
It's an amazing week for DVD releases and we are triumphantly back with recommendations. Two harrowing and thoughtful American independent films make their way to DVD: the Oscar-nominated HALF NELSON and DOWN TO THE BONE, the film that launched the career of Vera Farmiga. Plus a suprisingly moving Mongolian film about a girl and her puppy, a low budget comedy about sleepy-eyed slackers in New York, and an equally worthy Capote biopic.
New DVD Releases - November 21, 2006
This week on DVD: Al Gore's must see global warming slide show, the "gayest" camp comedy of the year, a Kieslowski classic, Scarlett Johansson shows off her funny side, and a good dose of South Korean revenge.
New DVD Releases - November 14, 2006
Out this week on DVD (and highly recommended): the Academy Award nominated resistance drama Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Michael Apted's surprisingly intimate documentary 49 UP and the indie conjoined twin rock flick Brothers of the Head.
New DVD Releases - November 7, 2006
Icy cold concert pianists, hard as rock drug dealers, and intellectual crossword puzzlers are the subjects of our three favorite DVD releases of the week. Kock Lorber has rereleased French romance Un Couer en Hiver; the dark Dutch crime trilogy Pusher is out in a three disc box set. For lighter fare, try the charming crossword documentary Wordplay.
New DVD Releases - October 10, 2006
Three warm, genuine, wonderful independent films have made their journey to the DVD this week: James Marsh's The King, Michael Cuesta's Twelve and Holding, and Wim Wenders' Land of Plenty.
New DVD Releases - August 29 , 2006
The biggest indie DVD release of the week is arguably Nicole Holofcener's star-studded "Friends With Money." Whining Jennifer Aniston, however, is less than appealling in a maids uniform. Instead, catch the small gems out on DVD. Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim" and Fernando Eimcke's "Duck Season" are both charming and funny Deepa Metha's gorgeous, moving "Water" will have you talking about the plight of Indian widows.
New DVD Releases - August 15, 2006
The French are not really responsible for thin, crispy fries. That's Belguim. But this week, they get credit for the best new DVD releases: Dominik Moll's outstanding thriller Lemming and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's L'Enfant, the film that took this year's top prize at Cannes.
New DVD Releases -August 8, 2006
Two of the best independent films of 2006 are already out on DVD. First-time filmmaker Rian Johnson's hard boiled thriller Brick features a cast of baby-faced teens. Veteran director Wim Wenders reteams with Sam Shepard in the funny and thoughtful drama Don't Come Knocking. Also Yoji Yamada's critically acclaimed samurai drama The Hidden Blade.
New DVD Releases -July 18 2006
Gavin Hood's Tsotsi won the Best Foreign Film Oscar at the 2005 Academy Awards. For once, we agree. The powerfully haunting film, out now on DVD, should not be missed. Also Oliver Assayas' powerful drama Clean, starring the director's ex-wife Maggie Cheung.
New DVD Releases -JJuly 11 2006
Let's get this straight: we adore Michael Winterbottom. Last year, he confused film goers with the most romantic sex movie ever made, 9 Songs, featuring real sex and rock and roll. Right now, he is providing a vital public service with "Road to Guantanamo," a dramatization of three British Muslims' horrifying experience in the depths of American's illegal prison camps. In between, Winterbottom adapted a classic English text. "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" is hilarious.
New DVD Releases -June 27, 2006
Michael Haneke's Cache is the DVD pick of the week. Video tapes of the street outside your window, a menacing postcard: Haneke has the power to frighten you without blood or gore.
New DVD Releases -June 6
Sixteen-year-old Sandrine Bonnaire comes of age before your eyes in Maurice Pialat's drama A Nos Amours. Also out this week on DVD: Richard Linklater's sophomore classic Dazed and Confused, Sarah Silverman's Jesus is Magic, and more.
New DVD Releases - May 23, 2006
Felicity Hoffman received her first Acadamy Award nomination for her moving performance as transsexual in Transamerica, this week's top DVD pick of the week. Also out on DVD: not one, but stirring documentaries about miners, a compelling look at the 1960s New York art scene, and a small film by major star Cate Blancett.
New DVD Releases - May 16, 2006
Eccentric teens, existential despair, and a frisky cheetah: this week's new DVDs offer a number of peculiar choices. Hipsters can rejoice in the release of Napoleon Dynamite: Like, the Best Special Edition Ever! while cinephiles will settle down to Michael Haneke's Glacial Trilogy. Better still, the critically acclaimed Duma, starring a big cat and indie favorite Hope Davis, offers stunning vistas and family-friendly drama.
New DVD Releases - May 9
Two of the best and most woefully overlooked films at the box office films are being released this week. Terence Malik's The New World is flat out gorgeous; the classic Pocohontas story will hold you enrapt. Steven Spielberg's Munich is a stunning mediation on peace and the dire consequences of revenge.
New DVD Releases - April 18, 2006
Angelina Maccarone'a Unveiled, a gripping drama about an Iranian lesbian seeking refuge in Germany, is being released this week by Wolfe Video. Also, the surprise French hit Games of Love and Chance and the Oscar nominated English comedy Mrs. Henderson Presents.
New DVD Releases - April 11, 2006
This week's new DVDs offer haunted children and grisly horror--Yuichi Sato's Pray from Japan and Greg McLean's tale of the Australian outback, Wolf Creek. Also, bride of Kong Naomi Watts in the indie film Ellie Parker.
New DVD Releases - April 6, 2006
This week's top release take on a wide range of topics: Ang Lee offers a tragic love story in Brokeback Mountain, Leni Riefenstahl documents the rise of the Nazi party in the disturbingly effective Triumph of the Will, and an Iranian police detective ruminates mortality in Hassan Hedaiat's Twilight.
New DVD Releases - March 28, 2006
Sure, Peter Jackson's "King Kong" is the most talked-about release of the day. But if you want love and heartbreak that goes beyond the mind of a big ape, don't miss the Criterion Collection box set of three films by Louis Malle. A triple feature not easily forgotton, this much anticipated DVD release includes "Murmur of the Heart," "Lacombe, Lucien," and "Au revoir les enfants."
New DVD Releases - March 21 2006
Hany Abu-Assad's controversial, Oscar-nominated drama Paradise Now is an eye-opening exploration of the minds and hearts of two aimable slackers who turn into suicide bombers. The film is out this week on DVD. Also Bennett Miller's Capote, and Noah Baumbach's Squid and the Whale.
New DVD Releases - March 14, 2006
George Clooney is riding high: an Academy Award for his performance in Syriana, exuberant pride in being a liberal, and the well-timed DVD release of his Oscar-nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck. Also out on DVD: The History of Violence, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio and more.
New DVD Releases - Mach 7, 2006
This week's top DVDs releases include two from the brilliant Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle and the two-disc rerelease of My Neighbor Totoro.
New DVD Releases - February 14, 2006
It's hard to say why John Madden's "Proof" was overlooked last year--Gwyneth Paltrow backlash, contempt for theater adaptations, or maybe it was the three-hour-long remake of "King Kong." No matter, the excellent film is out on DVD this week, along with two exciting Criterion Collection releases, Whit Stillman’s "Metropolitan" and Jean Renoir's "La Bête Humaine."
New DVD Releases - February 7, 2006
Get swept away by Marco Tullio Giordana's remarkably moving "The Best of Youth," out this week on DVD. Don't let the six hour play time dissuade you. That's what the pause button is for. Also, special re-releases of two classic films: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Breakfast at Tiffanys."
New DVD Releases - January 24, 2006
This week's top DVD recommendations include a contemporary indies ("Thumbsucker"), a cult classic ("Repo Man"), and a dose of Ingmar Bergman ("The Virgin Spring.")
New DVD Releases - January 17, 2006
This week's most interesting new DVD releases include Alex Gibney's chilling documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and Phil Morrison's incisive family drama "Junebug."
New DVD Releases - January 10, 2006
Start the new year off with Ralph Fiennes. This week's top DVD picks offer two noteworthy films with the versatile English actor. Fiennes stars as a classic romantic hero in Fernando Mereilles's thriller "The Constant Gardener" and a muddled fop in the satiric comedy "The Chumscrubber."
New DVD Releases - December 13, 2005
This week's top DVD pick is the "The Ross McElwee Collection," a comprehensive box set that includes five features by the famous documentarian, including the award winning "Bright Leaves." Also: the Michael Showalter comedy "The Baxter" and David O. Russell's first feature.
New DVD Releases - December 6, 2005
The Criterion Collection releases two restored French classics this week: René Clément’s heartbreaking "Forbidden Games" and Francois Truffaut's playful "Shoot The Piano Player."
New DVD Releases - November 29, 2005
Three weeks before Christmas, the release of new DVDS is no simple matter. Gifts must be gotten. For your finicky cinephile, there might be nothing better than the Deluxe edition of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." Also, adorable penguines and determined quadriplegics.
New DVD Releases - November 22, 2005
Marvelous French actress Emmanuelle Devos is receiving raves for her performance in "Gilles Wife," a heartbreaking tragedy playing in theaters now. Two films featuring Devos--and these are marvelous films it must be noted--are also out on DVD this week. Don't miss the sprawling drama "Kings and Queen" or the crime thriller/classic music romance "The Beat My Heart Skipped."
New DVD Releases - November 15, 2005
It's a great week for indie releases this week on DVD. Don't miss Maggie Gyllenhaal's unforgettable performance in Don Roo's Sundance hit "Happy Endings" or "Reception," an independent drama that was shot for less than $5000.
New DVD Releases - November 8, 2005
Laugh, cry or cringe: this weeks's top DVD cover our basest emotional response to film. Daniel Auteuil's hilarious antics in "Apres Vous" are sure to please. Four motherless in children in "Nobody Knows" my provoke tears. French diva Isabelle Hubbert is back to her eerily seductive in the incest drama "Ma Mere."
New DVD Releases - November 1, 2005
"Fanboy blinkered" was one of the nicer things Jurgen was called for his rave review of "Revenge of the Sith." But he stands by every word: "Star Wars Episode III" is the spectacular conclusion to the iconic series--and the most successful independent film ever. Also out today: Chris Terrio's "Heights," starring Glenn Close, and Danny Boyle's "Millions."
New DVD Releases - October 25, 2005
"The Wizard of Oz" is neither indie or foreign but the 3-disc collector's edition of this timeless classic is the most exciting new DVD release of the week. Also, 1906's films from Italy: Bernardo Bertolucci's third film "Partner" and the auteur driven anthology "Love and Anger."
New DVD Releases - October 18, 2005
Want to dance? Watch Marilyn Agrelo's "Mad Hot Ballroom." Want to scream in fear? James Wan's bloody "Saw" will certainly do the trick. Need your romantic comedy fix? Alice Wu's "Saving Face" puts a new spin on the genre. Check out this week's top DVD releases.
New DVD Releases - October 11, 2005
This week's DVD releases include Pawel Pawlikowski's mesmerizing "My Summer of Love" and Yvan Attal's disarming picture of a marriage on the rocks in "Happily Ever After."
New DVD Releases - September 13, 2005
One of the year's best films has just made it's way to DVD. Don't miss German filmmaker Fatih Akin's powerful drama "Head-On."
New DVD Releases - September 6, 2005
This week's recommended top DVDs include Thai filmmaker Ki-duk Kim's mesmerizing film "3-Iron" and the release of the essential box set "Garbo: The Signature Collection."
New DVD Releases - August 30, 2005
This week's top DVD releases features spellbinding dramas from all over the world: Palestinian director Elia Suleiman's "Divine Intervention," plus films from Hungary, Germany, Israel and Thailand.
New DVD Releases - August 6, 2005
Buy at your own risk. We cannot hardily recommend the most notable DVD releases of the week: Vincent Gallo's controversial sophmore feature "The Brown Bunny" and Frank Miller's uber stylized, ultra violent "Sin City."
New DVD Releases - Augugst 9, 2005
This week's top picks include the second terrific collaboration between Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri: "Look At Me." Also check out Campbell Scott's moving drama "Off The Map," and two mad cap comedies: "Kung-Fu Hustle" and "Three Men and a Cradle."
New DVD Releases - Augugst 2, 2005
This week's top DVD releases include Oliver Hirschbiegel chilling drama "Downfall," starring Bruno Ganz who gives a bravura performance as Adolf Hitler in his final days. Also two new releases by Claude Chabrol, an early film by indie autuer Greg Araki, and Aishwarya Raiand Salman Khan in a Bollywood classic.
New DVD Releases - June 21, 2005
Overlooked at the box office, John Maybury's bone-chilling thriller "The Jacket" is out on DVD. Also, Ross McElwee's personal look at the tobacco industry "Bright Leaves," Jessica Yu's documentary about artist Henry Darger "In Realms of the Unreal."
New DVD Releases - June 15, 2005
The best film you will ever see about a donkey is out on DVD: This week's recommended DVD releases include Robert Bresson's classic drama "Au Hasard Balthazar."
New DVD Releases - June 1, 2005
This week's top DVD releases include "The Complete James Dean Collection," Gillian Armstrong's classic coming of age film "My Brilliant Career" and the acclaimed Iranian film "Under The Moonlight."
New DVD Releases - April 26 , 2005
This week's top releases include Polish filmmakers Andrzej Wajda "War Trilogy," Vittorio De Sica's comic romp "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," and Sean Penn in "The Assignation of Richard Nixon."
New DVD Releases - April 12 , 2005
Pedro Almodovar knew it: Gael Garcia Bernal looks great in a dress. "Bad Education" is out on DVD along with the release of earlier Almodovar classic "The Flower of My Secret." Plus, "Hotel Rwanda," "The Woodsman," and "DiG!"
New DVD Releases - April 5 , 2005
Last year's biggest indie hit, Alexander Payne's "Sideways," is out on DVD. Also the hard hitting documentary "The Corporation," the French thriller "WHo Killed Bambi?", Barber Schroder's debut film "More" and James L. Brook's "Spanglish."
New DVD Releases - March 29 , 2005
If you missed the Oscar nominated films of 2004, they are fast making their way to the DVD retailer's shelf. This week's top catches are Mike Leigh's abortionist drama "Vera Drake" and the all-star, infidelity fest "Closer."
New DVD Releases - March 22 , 2005
Annette Bening didn't win the Oscar and few people got a chance to see the film with its minsicule theatrical release. Now with its DVD release, you can take delight watching Bening have a terrific time with a terrific role in Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia."
New DVD Releases - March 7 , 2005
This week's top DVD releases include two visually, mesmerizing offerings from Japan: Takeshi Kitano's "Dolls" and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Bright Future."
New DVD Releases - February 15 , 2005
Don't miss Walter Salles' inspirational film about young Che Guevara in this week's top DVD release "The Motorcycle Diaries." Also new: Richard Kelly's cult hit "Donnie Darko: The Directors Cut" and Juliette Binoche's film debut in "Rendez-vous."
New DVD Releases - February 8, 2005
This week's top DVD releases include Alison Maclean's "Crush" and Martin Scorcese's "Raging Bull."
New DVD Releases - January 25, 2005
This week's top releases include Julie Bertuccelli's moving first film "Since Otar Left" and Neve Campbell in a breakout performance in Jame Toback's risqué indie drama "When Will I Be Loved."
New DVD Releases - January 11, 2005
If you thought Natalie Portman gave a provactive performance "Closer," you might want to check her out as a Mathilda, a fourteen year old nymphet/assasin in "Leon: The Professional." Luc Besson's stylish film is out in a two-disc special edition release this week, plus two new thrillers John Sayle's "Silver City," and Thai filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's "6ixtynin9."
New DVD Releases - December 21, 2004
Now out on DVD: the sleeper hit of the year "Napolean Dynamite," British slackers take on zombies in the hilarious "Shaun of the Dead" and a moving portrait of a Palestinian woman's struggle to determine choose her own spouse in "Rana's Wedding."
New DVD Releases - December 14, 2004
This So Called Disaster, Door In The Floor, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Time of the Wolf, Kitchen Stories
New DVD Releases - December 7, 2004
This week's new DVD releases: the outstanding drug mule drama "Maria Full of Grace," Andy Lau in the Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs," Fritz Lang's classic "M," and Mathilde Seigner in "The Girl From Paris."
New DVD Releases - November 30, 2004
Zhang Yimou's "Hero," André Téchiné's "Strayed," Mohsen Makhmalbaf's "The Cyclist."
New DVD Releases - November 16, 2004
Fanny And Alexander, Short Cuts, The Saddest Music in the World, Hebrew Hammer, and more.
New DVD Releases - November 2, 2004
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - 40th Anniversary Edition, Festival Express, Home At The End of the World, and more.
New DVD Releases - October 26, 2004
Dawn of the Dead: The Unrated Director's Cut, Control Room, Father and Son, and more.
New DVD Releases - October 19, 2004
Johnny Depp plays the legendary schlock director in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood," Colin Farrell shows his ugly side in the ensemble drama "Intermission," and thriller fans are excited about the release of "Eyes Without a Face," "The Return," and "I'm Not Scared."
New DVD Releases - October 5, 2004
Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," Lars von Trier's "The Five Obstructions," Brian Dannelly's "Saved" and more.
New DVD Releases - September 28, 2004
New on DVD this week: Super Size Me, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time, The Big One, My New Gun, and Tess.
New DVD Releases - September 21, 2004
Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee And Cigarettes," John Cassavetes: "Five Films," Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," and Lars von Trier's "Epidemic."
New DVD Releases - September 14, 2004
This week's top releases include the release of the Mike Nichol's award winning miniseries "Angels In Americam," a masterful adaptation of Larry Kushner's epic Broadway play. Also, the restoration of George Lucas's first film "THX 1138" and Richard Linklater's influential indie "Slacker."
New DVD Releases - August 31
The Criterion Collection gives the special treatment to David Cronenberg's cult classic "Videodrome," the mesmerizing Iranian tragedy "Crimson Gold" hits the shelves and the "The Mayor Of Sunset Strip," a documentary about DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, is also out on DVD. And yes, Mel Gibson's religious blockbuster "Passion of the Christ" is for sale this week, too.
New DVD Releases - August 17, 2004
This weeks top DVD releases include the delightful French war time farce "Bon Voyage," a scathing look at Murdoch Murdoch's news conglomerate in "Outfoxed," and a romantic comedy for modern thinkers "Seeing Other People."
New DVD Releases - August 10, 2004
This week's top DVD releases include Wolfgang Becker's bittersweet comedy "Goodbye, Lenin!," the end of the bride's revenge odyssey in Quentin Tarantino's stylized "Kill Bill Vol. 2" and Tod Browning's cult classic "Freaks."
New DVD Releases - July 27, 2004
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June 15 - New DVD Releases
If you thought "The Passion of the Christ" wasn't funny enough, it's time to discover "Ultrachrist!" First-time filmmakers Kerry Douglas Dye and Jordan Hoffman created a new religious cult hero, ready to rid the world from evil--in a spandex suit. Also, Marcel Pagnol's beloved "Fanny Trilogy" restored, and last year's indie sleeper hit "The Station Agent."
June 8 - New DVD Releases
The exhileration and the agony: this week's top picks include Fernando Meirelle's stylized, captivating slum epic "City of God" and Clint Eastwood's tearjerking melodrama "Mystic River."
New DVD Releases - June 1, 2004
This week's new DVD releases include "Monster," "The Company," and "Das Boot."
June 1 - New DVD Releases
This week: Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning performance in "Monster," an uncut edition of the cult classic "Trainspotting," a five-hour version of "Das Boot," and Robert Altman's ballet film "The Company."
May 25 - New DVD Releases
This week's top releases include the revelatory documentary "The Weather Underground," the prize-winning French film "The Son," two new Criterion classics, Akira Kurosawa's "Straw Dog" and Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night." Oh, and a little movie about hobbits.
May 18 - New DVD Releases
Top picks of the week: Volker Schlöndorff's classic "The Tin Drum," Guy Maddin's "Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary," Matteo Garrone's "The Embalmer," Paula van der Oest's "Zus & Zo," and Joseph Losey's "Mr. Klein."
New DVD Releases - May 25, 2004
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May 11 - New DVD Releases
How timely: while America is discussing whether Donald Rumsfeld is doing a "superb job," Erroll Morris' Oscar-winning documentary about a Secretary of Defense who stepped down hits the DVD shelves. Also out today: Bertrand Tavernier's "Safe Conduct," Samantha Morton in "In America," Toni Collette in "Japanese Story" and Hanna Schygulla in "Circle of Deceit."
May 4 - New DVD Releases
Middle-aged women bare their breasts, squat French mothers and overweight dogs travel across the Ocean is search of kidnapped bicylists, teenage girls kiss, Scarlett Johansson seduces, and Sam Shepard acts his heart out in this week's top DVD releases.
April 20 - New DVD Releases
Violent pot heads, self-mutilation, extreme surfing, assassination attempts on Hitler, and Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duval in a rare Robert Altman movie: as hard as we tried, we couldn't find a common theme for this week's new DVD releases. Except for this: they're all worth your time.
April 13 - New DVD Releases
The latest releases of two icons of American independent film make it to DVD this week, and they couldn't be more different: QT's "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" tells a bloody, stylized tale of revenge while John Sayles' "Casa de los Babys" is a careful snapshot of the international adoption business. Also: the anime "Tokyo Godfathers," Ulrich Seidl's shocking "Dog Days" and "Eating Raoul."
April 6 - New DVD Releases
Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is one of the most touching love story ever brought to the silver screen. The classic film has been remastered for its 40th anniversary. Also out this week, more epic love stories set in 14th century Norway and modern Portugal, plus Peter Sellers in the uproarious Pink Panther Collection.
March 30 - New DVD Releases
Hold on to your real estate, your daughters, and your organs: this week's best new world and independent DVDs prominently feature thieves, poachers, cheats, and kleptomaniacs. Jennifer Connelly loses her home in "House of Sand and Fog," Irish girls their freedom in Peter Mullins' "The Magdalene Sisters," and immigrants their kidneys in Stephen Frear's "Dirty Pretty Things."
March 16 - New DVD Releases
Just in time for St. Patrick's day, "Veronica Guerin" and "The Commitments" hit DVD. Cate Blanchet plays a muckraking journalist, plus Alan Parker's ragtag band of lovable Irish Soul musicians in the DVD release of "The Committments."
March 9 - New DVD Releases
The troubles of the working class, animals killed for sport, zombies and the Holocaust: it's a dark week for DVD releases when a Mike Leigh box set, Delphine Gleize's "Carnage," Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler
March 2 - New DVD Releases
This week's top DVD releases include Michael Winterbottom's devastating drama "In This World," Macaulay Culkin's return to the screen in "Party Monster," "Blue Gate Crossing," a tender coming of age drama out of Taiwan, and the sexy Spanish musical comedy "The Other Side of the Bed."
February 24 - New DVD Releases
The always remarkable Sarah Polley stars in this week's top DVD pick "My Life Without Me" as a wife and mother dying of cancer. Rather than grieving the old-fashioned way, she takes a lover and gets her nails done. Also out this week:
February 17 - New DVD Releases
This week's top DVD releases include Larry Charles' unfairly maligned Bob Dylan vehicle "Masked and Anonymous," Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 classic "Blow-Up," Mark Moskowitz's "Stone Reader," Henri-Georges Clouzot’s "Le Corbeau" and the Spanish romp "Km. 0."
February 10 - New DVD Releases
Two long-awaited favorites are finally being released on DVD this week: Lucas Moodyson's lovely, funny moving look at a Swedish hippie commune "Together" and Canadian Patricia Rocezma's lesbian classic "I've Heard The Mermaids Singing."
February 3 - New DVD Releases
Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation" is a positively dreamy film, and with its release on DVD, you can lost again and again. Also out this week: the acclaimed Harvey-mentary "American Splendor," "Porn Theater," "Children of the Century," and "The Gods Must Be Crazy."
January 27 - New DVD Releases
If there's a common thread to this week's top new independent and world films on DVD, it's the twisted ways of the heart: Alan Rudolph's "The Secret Lives of Dentists," concerns infidelity and tooth pain, Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen" traces the reckless teenage desires and the hit documentary "Capturing the Friedmans" focuses on pornography and sexual abuse.
January 20 - New DVD Releases
We highly recommend a Juliette Binoche double feature this week: last year's slow charmer "Jet Lag" and Leos Carax's wild ride "Lovers On the Bridge" are out on DVD. Also, the critically acclaimed documentary "Spellbound" and Francois Ozon's "Sitcom."
January 13 - New DVD Releases
Oh la la! Ludivine Sagnier is entertaining family audiences in "Peter Pan," but she became an international sensation with her luscious nymphet performance in Francois Ozon's "Swimming Pool," out this week on DVD.
January 6 - New DVD Releases
Japan and France dominate this week's top DVD releases. Choose from the films of Japanese masters Akira Kurosawa and Masato Hagiwara, and classic French comedy by the always hilarious Jacques Tati.
December 23 - New DVD Releases
Francophiles rejoice: three new DVDs this week hail from France -- Cedric Klapsich's charming coming of age comedy "L'Auberge Espagnole," Benoît Jacquot's fascinating look at the infamous Marquis, "Sade," and Jacques Demy's debut feature "Lola." See the best new DVDs.
December 16 - New DVD Releases
Coline Serreau's feminist thiller "Chaos" is our number one pick this week. Other great new DVD releases include Mamoru Oshii's anime marvel "Avalon," enticing Sundance fare, and classic films by master filmmakers Robert Altman and Otto Preminger.
December 9 - New DVD Releases
The best new art house DVDs this week include two festival hits from the gay/lesbian circuit, "Luster" and "The Trip." Masato Harada takes you into the Japanese underworld of teenage prostitution, and Robert Duvall directs himself as a hitman with a heart.
December 2 - New DVD Releases
This week's blockbuster release is the Johnny Depp hit based on the amusement park ride "Pirates of the Caribbean," but in the world of foreign and indie films, there are notable new DVDs from Russia (pictured: "The Cuckoo"), Japan, and the digital dazzle that is Resfest.
November 25 - New DVD Releases
Our two top choices this week are French: Claire Denis' "Friday Night" concerns a lonely woman finding her way through Paris, and Patrice Leconte’s "Man on the Train" loses himself in a small town in the French Alps.
November 18 - New DVD Releases
All over the planet, strange and mysterious creatures set out upon arduous journeys. Two small hobbits trek to Mordor and various flocks of birds fly to the Artic every summer. This week's top DVD releases are the extended version of Peter Jackson's epic trilogy "Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers" and Jacques Perrin's Oscar nominated documentary "Winged Migration."
November 11 - New DVD Releases
Responsible domestic care is one thing--but hallucinating exterminators and underage maids are problematic, as Claude Berri's "The Housekeeper" and Cronenberg's Burroughs adaptation "Naked Lunch" illustrate vividly. Also, new DVDs by Gus Van Sant, Gabriele Muccino, and Mamoru Oshii.
November 4 - New DVD Releases
Think you watch too many movies? Compare and contrast your habits with this week's top pick "Cinemania," a documentary portrait of hopeless movie addicts by Stephen Kijak and Angela Christlieb. Also: a Polish classic by Andrzej Wajda, stylish anime, Gerard Depardieu, and some literary passion courtesy of Jean Rhys.
October 28- New DVD Releases
Big sales are expected for "Whale Rider," the surprise hit from New Zealand. Be warned: you won't find this shameless audience pleaser on our list of recommendations. It's a tremendous week for cult film fans with releases from visionary musician Sun Ra, American maverick Steven Soderbergh, and Indian auteur Satyajit Ray.
October 21 - New DVD Releases
Just in time for Halloween: two films to terrify you. From England, Danny Boyle's apocolypic zombie thriller "28 Days Later," and from China, Danny and Oxide Pang's chiller "The Eye" about a girl whose new cornea transplant gives her the power to see dead people.
October 14 - New DVD Releases
This week's top DVD releases offer the work of young and talented independent filmakers: Rose Troche's "The Safety of Objects" and Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things." And oh yes, if you need it, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus are back in "The Matrix Reloaded."
October 7 - New DVD Releases
Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's quiet masterpiece "The Man Without a Past" won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. This week, you can buy it on DVD. New releases also include Ken Loach's "Sweet Sixteen" and Michael Caine in the original 1969 "Italian Job."
September 30 - New DVD Releases
This week's top DVD releases include Roman Polanksi's 1962 debut "Knife In The Water" and the audience-pleasing breakout import from England "Bend It Like Beckham."
September 23 - New DVD Releases
This week on DVD: John Malkovich's directorial debut and Alison Anders' indie classic "Gas Food Lodging." Also, folk music spoofs, murderous maids, and some Dogme.
September 16 - New DVD Releases
It's a good week for John Sayles fans: on Friday, "Casa de Los Babys" opens in selected theaters, and in the video stores, you can lay your hands on three early films by the American indie auteur. Also, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz in last year's underrated "Confidence" (pictured), and early Robert Altman.
September 9 - New DVD Releases
DVD enthusiasts: this is a great week for epic films. The David Lean Collection will keep you sated for countless hours. New releases also include an early Pedro Almodovar gem and the first film ever to be shot in one uninterrupted take.
September 2 - New DVD Releases
Struggling Maoris, doomed explorers, hot phone sex, sacred sperm, and Joe Stalin's illegitimate love child: this week's best new world and independent DVDs cover a wildly eclectic range of subjects.
August 25 - New DVD Releases
From Frodo to Victor: this week's top DVD picks range from Peter Jackson's lavish "The Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers" to Peter Sollett's small but lovely directorial debut "Raising Victor Vargas."
August 18 - New DVD Releases
It's a good thing we're the World and Indie Film Guides, because otherwise we'd have to recommend that cynical pagentry otherwise known as "Chicago." Instead, we're free to point you to a Jean-Pierre Melville remake, a strange Hollywood biography, and Michael Moore's rabble-rousing documentary "Bowling for Columbine."
August 11 - New DVD Releases
This weeks recommended releases feature rolling heads, a shockingly mischievous Audrey Tatou, a moving Holocaust drama, and a lovely coming of age story about an Iranian girl in New Jersey.
July 29 - New DVD Releases
Out this week on DVD is the movie most people didn't get to see in the theaters: Philip Noyce's evocative "The Quiet American." Also Soderbergh's remake of "Solaris, the Academy Award nominated "Zus and Zos" from the Netherlands and more.
July 22 - New DVD Releases
There are numerous excellent DVD releases to choose from this week, including Atom Egoyan's "Ararat," French thriller "Read My Lips," Jean-Luc Godard's "In The Name of Love" and the Italian neo-realist classic "Umberto D."
July 15 - New DVD Releases
Why leave home to see Francois Ozon's "Swimming Pool," when you can watch sexy Frances McDormand swill a whiskey sour and kiss Kate Beckinsale in the pool in "Laurel Canyon" - our top DVD pick of the week.
July 1 - New DVD Releases
If you were ever tempted to see Nicolas Cage in "City of Angels" or Bridget Fonda in "Point of No Return," you can sleep easier: their much superior originals are coming out on DVD this week.
June 24- Top DVD Releases
Why watch summer junk like Charlies Angels, when you can buy and watch the smart thoughtful movies in the comfortable of your quiet home. Top recommendations include "Intacto," "Lost In La Mancha" and "Warm Water Under Red Bridge."
May 26 - Top DVD Releases
The Criterion Collection releases four wonderful films inlcuding the Kurosawa masterpiece "Throne Of Blood." If that doesn't satisfy your cravings for drama, there is Pedro Almodovar's "Talk To Her," Roman Polanski's "Pianist" and Schlöndorff's "Coup de Grace."
May 12 - Top DVD Releases
This week's destinations: Afghanistan with Makmahlbaf, New Yorkistan with Seinfeld, Copenhagen with Heisenberg, South American jungles with Robert De Niro, and Heaven with Fassbinder.
May 5 - Top DVD Releases
If you want to sample Korean cinema, this is the week to do it, with the DVD release of Jeong-Hyang Lee's charming "The Way Home."
April 21 - Top DVD Releases
New releases include "Bloody Sunday," "The Crime of Padre Amaro," "Real Women Have Curves," and "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."
April 14 - Top DVD Releases
It's a fine week for Hayao Miyazaki fans, with the release of the anime master piece "Spirited Away" plus two earlier delights, "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Castle in the Sky."
April 7 - Top DVD Releases
The top recommendation "Hit Me" has the makings of a definite cult classic, plus films by Caroline Link, Alison Anders and Bruno Barreto.
March 17 - Top DVD Releases
It's a week for the bizarre and surreal: Kurosawa and the fresh independent films from Dylan Kidd and Rebecca Miller.
March 10 - Top DVD Releases
The emphasis this week is on two great Swedish films: "My Life as a Dog" and "I Am Curious." Also, some fine French and American releases.
March 3 - Top DVD Releases
This week's recommended flavors include Chinese, Polish, French, Japanese, and Woody Allen.
February 25 - Top DVD Releases
On this week's international menu: Cassavetes, Schroeder, Cacoyannis, Miike, Merchant, Argento, von Trotta, and Schlöndorff. Bon appetit!
May 19 - Top DVD Releases
Not a bad week at all: two Coen Brothers releases, Spike Jonez, Spike Lee, Chabrol, Costa-Gavras, and Lars van Trier.
February 18 - Top DVD Releases
With "Amores Perros," "Cinema Paradiso," "The Last Emperor," and "Metropolis," it's another fine week for classics of world film, and that's before the two Criterion double-disc sets.
February 10 - Top DVD Releases
I thought it might be fun to point out the DVDs I'm not recommending: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the Madonna/Guy Richie bomb "Swept Away," and Neil LaBute's "Possession." Instead, here are comedies that are actually funny, a concert film that rocks, and the first Inuit movie ever.
February 3 - Top DVD Releases
Nuns, priests, Amish on the loose, and spoiled Upper West Side brats dominate this week's new releases.
January 27 - Top DVD Releases
Yves Montand in "The Wide Blue Road," Christopher Munch's "Sleepy Time Gal" with Jacqueline Bisset, and "Baadasssss Cinema."
January 20- Top DVD Releases
A great week for new releases, including Michael Winterbottom's ravishing take on the Manchester scene "24 Hour Party People" and Jan Svankmajer's modern nightmare "Little Otik."
January 13 - Top DVD Releases
Here are the best Independent and World Films on DVD for the week of January 13, 2003.
January 5 - Top DVD Releases
It's a good week for blizzards and DVDs: three new Criterion discs, dark comedies with Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, and Renee Zellweger, and classics from Mexico, Germany, and the darkest Fifties.
December 16 - Top DVD Releases
This week's releases are a scattershot bunch of the forgotten, the slightly strange, and the plain out weird.
December 9 - Top DVD Releases
"Contempt," "Party Girl," and "Asoka."
December 2 - Top DVD Releases
This week's DVD picks, including fantasy films by Hayao Miyazaki, Mel Brooks, and Lotte Reiniger, are poised to take your mind off the real world.
November 25 - Top DVD Releases
Andrei Tarkovsky's classic sci-fi drama "Solaris," Vittorio De Sica's "Shoeshine", "Lovely and Amazing" and more.
November 17 - Top DVD Releases
This week's top releases feature fantastic ensemble casts: "Sunshine State," "Glengarry Glen Ross," and "13 Conversations About One Thing".
November 10 - Top DVD Releases
The extended version of "Fellowship of the Ring," "Ciao Manhattan," "What To Do in Case of Fire."