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Pick of the Week

Alambrista! (Criterion) — I actually haven’t ever seen Robert M. Young’s immigration drama, which won the inaugural Camera d’Or at Cannes in 1978, but that’s because it’s been so hard to track down for so many years. That reason, combined with the fact that it seems so in keeping with the HTN spirit, is why it’s our Pick of the Week, sight unseen. Once again, Criterion has come to the rescue, allowing eager viewers to see it for the first time. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Late Spring (Criterion) — One word: YASUJIRO. Another word: OZU. Two more words: DONE DEAL. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Frozen Planet: The Complete Series (BBC Warner) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Treme: The Complete Second Season (HBO) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Flaw (Docurama/New Video) — Available on DVD.

Paul Goodman Changed My Life (Zeitgeist Films) — Available on DVD.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (Paramount) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

The Man On The Train (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Wild Card of the Week

Shame (Fox Searchlight) — Steve McQueen has a striking visual sense, there’s no question about that. And Michael Fassbender is a compelling actor, there’s no question about that either. But I personally found this film veering into Zucker Brothers-esque parody land more often than not. My personal recommendation would be to instead dive headfirst into a double-header of Preston Miller’s Jones and Lodge Kerrigan’s Keane, though it is true that those films don’t feature Fassbender’s dong. Available on DVD and Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy.

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

  • Ricky

    I would also suggest Robert Bierman’s Vampire’s Kiss. 

    April 17, 2012
  • Sleepingintonight

    Someone should start a band named ‘Fassbender’s Dong’.

    April 18, 2012
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