Weekly DVD Releases

Posted on August 24, 2007
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DVD collectibles released August 21:
Highlight of the week is a pair of classics from the folks at The Criterion Collection: Luis Bunuel’s “The Milky Way” and David Mamet’s “House of Games.” The first of what Bunuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Phantom of Liberty”) about “the search for truth,” “The Milky Way” (La voie lactee) (1969) daringly deconstructs contemporary and traditional views on Catholicism with ribald, rambunctious surreality. Two French beggars, present-day pilgrims en route to Spain’s holy city of Santiago de Compostela, serve as Bunuel’s narrators for an anticlerical history of heresy, told with absurdity and filled with images that rank among Bunuel’s most memorable (stigmatic children, crucified nuns) and hilarious (Jesus considering a good shave). A diabolically entertaining look at the mysteries of fanaticism, “The Milky Way” remains a hotly debated work from cinema’s greatest skeptic. The film stars Bernard Verley, Michel Piccoli and Pierre Clementi and is presented in a New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras include a video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere; a new video interview with film scholar Ian Christie; a booklet featuring new essays by Carlos Fuentes and Mark Polizzotti, and a reprinted interview with Luis Bunuel. photo Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet first sat in the director’s chair for “House of Games” (1987), a sly, merciless thriller and one of the most original and acclaimed films of the 80s. Mamet’s witty tale of a therapist and best-selling author (Lindsay Crouse) who must confront her own obsessions when she meets an attractive cardsharp (Joe Mantegna) is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career criminal. The director-approved special edition features a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchia. Extras include commentary by Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay; video interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna; Mamet on “House of Games,” a short documentary shot on location during the film’s preparation and production; storyboard detail from the deleted scene “The Tap”; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet’s introduction to the published screenplay.
Also this week: “Reel Talent: First Films by Legendary Directors” is a single disc with 12 short films showcasing the early creative work of Hollywood’s most innovative minds: “1:42:08 A Man and His Car” by George Lucas, “Broken Record” by Shawn Lev, “Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB” by George Lucas, “Field of Honor” by Robert Zemeckis , “Freiheit” by George Lucas, “The Goodbye Place” by Richard Kelly, “The Lift” by Robert Zemeckis, “The Oval Portrait” by Richard L. Bare, “Perfect Alibi” by Stephen Sommers, “Proof” by Kevin Reynolds, “Whatever It Takes” by Jon Turtletaub and “Silent Night” by James Foley. The directors here all have one thing in common: they trace their roots to the USC Film School. All proceeds from the $19.98 disc will benefit the USC School of Cinematic Arts; from Fox … Fox will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “RoboCop” (1987) with a 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition two-disc set; the film, directed by Paul Verhoeven, stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer and Felton Perry … “Serenity Collector’s Edition” gives the special treatment to the 2005 sci-fi cult film directed by Joss Whedon and starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass; the two-disc set includes such extras as commentary by director Josh Whedon, extended scenes, “A Filmmaker’s Journey” behind-the-scenes featurette, “The Green Clan” cinematography featurette, “


9 Responses to “Weekly DVD Releases”

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  2. Esme Fisher on July 23rd, 2010 10:25 pm

    Joss Whedon is a great director, most of the science fiction series that i love are created by him.”;:

  3. Bailey Jenkins on September 9th, 2010 4:16 pm

    i wish that Joss Whedon could also make a sequel to FireFly and Serenity”;~

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    joss whedon should have continued the Firefly series on TV, it was a nice sci-fi series`.’

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