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's List" all make their digital debut.
No one depicts the real lives of the working class Brits better than Mike Leigh. Now out on DVD are three early television films in one box set. "Hard Labour" (1973) stars Liz Smith as an exhausted housewife and maid. In "Abigail's Party" (1977), Alison Steadman stars as Abigail, whose smashingly successful party is interrupted by the untimely heart attack of her husband. "Grown Ups" (1980) finds a young working class couple moving into a new flat, right next door to their old teacher.
In Delphine Gleize's audacious debut film, the lives of otherwise unrelated characters across Europe are connected by the aftermath of a Spanish bullfight, when the dead bull's remains are carved up and sold. The DVD also contains Gleize's early short films "Dirtie Basterdz" and "A Castle in Spain." The film won the youth award at the 2002 Cannes film festival.