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DVD RELEASES 2010/8/24

Pick of the Week

Machine Gun McCain (Blue Underground) — Overdubbing aside, this is one very tough little crime movie (think Ocean’s Eleven meets Husbands). Recently released prisoner John Cassavetes—he being Mr. McCain, if you couldn’t figure that out—tries to pull off a big score on the casino that crime boss Peter Falk is now controlling. Though Cassavetes finds a partner-in-crime in the beautiful Britt Ekland (the scene in which he woos her is hilariously machismo), he also reunites with real-life partner Gena Rowlands in the third act to make things more Cassavetesian than they already were. Buy it on DVD and Blu-ray.

Classic I Am Ashamed To Admit I Have Not Seen

Three Silent Classics By Josef Von Sternberg: Underworld, Last Command, Docks of New York (Criterion) — Buy the 3-Disc DVD Set.

Have Not Seen But Plan To Do Just That

Ajami (Kino) — Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

Who Killed Nancy (Peace Arch Entertainment) — Buy it on DVD.

I Think We’re Alone Now (Awesome and Modest) — Buy it on DVD.

George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead (Magnolia) — Buy it in a Single-Disc Edition, Two-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition, or Blu-ray Ultimate Undead Edition.

New To Blu-ray Picks of the Week

Withnail and I (Image Entertainment) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

Time Bandits (Image Entertainment) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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