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Apologies for the drop-off on this weekly post here at HTN but life got complicated. In any case, we are hopefully now back on track, and what better week to return considering our pick of the week!

Pick of the Week

Blue Ruin (Anchor Bay) — If you still haven’t seen Jeremy Saulnier’s astoundingly assured thriller, you officially have no excuse starting right now. Grounded in real world emotion and humor and yet infused with cinematic tension of the highest order, Blue Ruin is, quite simply, the type of movie that inspired us to launch this website in the first place. If you haven’t yet, please read my personal A Conversation With Jeremy Saulnier. Available: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion) — Available: Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

Insomnia (Criterion) — Available: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, iTunes.

The Wind Will Carry Us: 15th Anniversary Edition (Cohen Media Group) — Available: Blu-ray.

Ginger Snaps: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory) — Available: Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

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

All Cheerleaders Die (Image Entertainment) — Available: DVD, Amazon Instant, iTunes.

Made in America (Phase 4) — Available: DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes.

Transcendence (Warner) — Available: DVD/Blu-ray/Digital HD/UltraViolet Combo Pack, Amazon Instant, iTunes.

GMO OMG (MPI Home Video) — Available: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes.

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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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