DVD RELEASES 2009/9/22

This week, only two releases are needed to take you where you need to go:

Tulpan (Zeitgeist) — If I hadn’t already found my bride-to-be, I might very well have proposed to Sergei Dvortsevoy’s Tulpan. I love this movie soooooo much. Now that it’s available on home video, you can love it too. Tulpan features some of the most remarkable direction of nature’s most unruly elements—children, animals, weather—that you will ever see in a narrative feature. Dvortsevoy’s background as a documentarian—as well as his Herzogian commitment to filming the unfilmable—will leave you breathless and smiling. Read my review, then buy it on DVD.

Observe and Report (Warner Brothers) — Jody Hill’s follow-up to his little-comedy-that-could The Foot Fist Way might have had the support of a major studio, but, man, it sure doesn’t feel like it (at least in a content sense). This is some seriously subversive entertainment. Hill inserts a Travis Bickle-like “hero”—played by Seth Rogen—into a seemingly formulaic Hollywood comedy, and the results are dark, disturbing, and laugh-out-loud funny. Observe and Report proves that the studios might still have some balls after all. Buy it on DVD and Blu-ray.

— Michael Tully

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