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.
Here's a confession. Napoleon Dynamite didn't do much for me. But not to mention Jared Hess' instant cult classic seems a disservice to the film's zealous fans who continue to vote for Pedro. This special two-disc edition is loaded with goodies: commentary tracks galore, embarrassing actor's auditions, and three short featurettes.
Always trust Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke (Hidden, The Piano Teacher) to provide a good time.... OK, so I'm kidding. Critics use the words disturbing and harrowing to describe Haneke's first feature film, a portrait of a middle class Austrian family degenerating into apathy, alienation and self-destruction. The Seventh Continent is the first part of his "glacial trilogy": Benny's Video and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance are also available today.