New on DVD & Blu-ray: June 25-July 1

THIS WEEK’S MOVIE RELEASES: “No:” On September 11, 1973, a CIA-backed military coup overthrew Chile’s democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende, ushering in almost two decades of a repressive, fascist government — headed by General Augusto Pinochet — that caused the torture and/or disappearance of more than 40,000 citizens. By 1988, facing international pressure […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: June 18-24

THIS WEEK’S TOP MOVIE RELEASES: “Stoker” is the U.S.-directorial debut of the great South Korean director Park Chan-wook (“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “Oldboy,” “Thirst”) and it’s quite an achievement. What starts out as a dysfunctional family drama spirals into an involving and intriguing mystery-thriller that becomes a modern-day riff on Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: June 11-17

THIS WEEK’S MOVIE RELEASES: “Oz the Great and Powerful”: Director Sam Raimi and the folks at Disney obviously struggled long and hard to create a worthy prequel to the masterful 1939 “Wizard of Oz,” and based on the eye-popping visuals (deigned with the 3D process in mind), the CGI and VFX specialists kept up their […]

“Nobody Does It Better”

Until last week, I had never heard of Recovered Voices, an ambitious program by the L.A. Opera to revive and stage works created by Jewish composers whose lives and work were suppressed by the Nazis. Under the guidance of L.A. Opera music director James Conlon and general director Placido Domingo, the L.A. Opera inaugurated Recovered […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: June 4-10

THIS WEEK’S MOVIE RELEASES: “Warm Bodies”: I’m always thirsty for zombie flicks of all kinds, from the original “Dead” gorefests through “Dead Alive” to the more modern interpretations such as “28 Days Later”; I particularly have a soft spot for zombie comedies such as “Fido,” “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead.” Now comes a zombie […]