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9/6/2011

Picks of the Week

The Arbor

The Arbor (Strand Releasing) — Clio Barnard’s experimental documentary about British playwright Andrea Dunbar is without question one of the more original and striking films released this year. If you haven’t seen it already, rectify that situation immediately. Read my HTN conversation with Barnard. Available on DVD.

Rebirth (Oscilloscope) — Jim Whitaker’s documentary certainly isn’t a feel-good affair—how could any honest film about 9/11 be anything but somber and heartbreaking?—yet he gracefully presents the stories of several survivors who have found the courage to carry on. Available on  DVD.

Recommended

A Horrible Way To Die (Anchor Bay) — Amy Seimetz delivers another extremely solid performance in this atmospheric low-budget dramatic thriller from Adam Wingard. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, or at Amazon Instant (BUY/RENT).

New/Old To DVD/Blu-ray Picks of the Week

United 93 (Universal) — Paul Greengrass’s visceral gut-punch of a drama recounts that fateful day of September 11, 2001, in a manner that just might very well make you sick to your stomach. Available on Blu-ray.

Straw Dogs (MGM) — On the heels of Rod Lurie’s updating of Sam Peckinpah’s brutal classic, that original film finally arrives on Blu-ray.

Scarface: Limited Edition Steelbook (Universal) — Available on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, or at Amazon Instant (RENT).

Dressed to Kill (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

The Hills Have Eyes (Image Entertainment) — Wes Craven’s original 1977 version, that is. Available on Blu-ray.

Have Not Seen But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

Hanna (Universal) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray, or at Amazon Instant (BUY).

The Colors of the Mountain (Film Movement) — Available on DVD.

Carmel (Kino) — Available on DVD.

Everything Must Go (Roadside Attractions) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray, or at Amazon Instant (BUY/RENT).

Vidal Sassoon The Movie (Phase 4) — Available on DVD.

Last Night (Echo Bridge) — Available in the following formats: DVD + Digital Copy, Blu-ray, or DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack; as well as at Amazon Instant (RENT).

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