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[TWO NOTES: 1) We are renaming this column moving forward in order to hopefully include as many new VOD additions as possible, though there are admittedly lots of kinks to work out because the world of distribution is so incredibly complicated and it’s hard to be as comprehensive as we’d like to be! 2) We are finally incorporating iTunes into the fold.]

Pick of the Week

The Films of Chester Novell Turner: Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone (Massacre Video) — For far, far, far too long, the landmark work of American director Chester Novell Turner has been unavailable to the masses. But the thrilling day has come for these berserk, hilarious, terrifying, deranged, micro-budget, VHS-shot works of 1980s genius to be unleashed upon the masses. Halloween ain’t over just yet, kiddies! Available: DVD

Highly Recommended

Frances Ha (Criterion) — We here at HTN so enjoyed Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s movie that we reviewed it twice! (First by Tom Hall and then again by yours truly.) It really is an unexpectedly buoyant delight from a director who typically finds humor in dark, uncomfortable places. Available: Blu-ray/DVD, Amazon Instant, iTunes

Prince Avalanche (Magnolia) — David Gordon Green’s latest is set in 1988 in the wake of a nameless wildfire. Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) are highway road workers tasked with restoring the back roads—really just one—putting down posts, painting those lines, watching them dry. Alvin and Lance’s rapport disintegrates, then regenerates. At times they harbor true hate for one another; each exhibits characteristics the other abhors, though perhaps wishes they possessed. Once all is laid bare, they realize that they are not so different, that there isn’t just one way not to fit in. Their friendship, like the film itself, is a communion, a commingling of disparate needs and fears, of failures and dreams. Prince Avalanche is never one thing; it’s everything at once. Read Jesse Klein’s full HTN review as well as A Conversation With David Gordon Green. Available: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes

Barbara (Kino Lorber) — Available: DVD, Blu-ray

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

City Lights (Criterion) — Available: Blu-ray/DVD

Nosferatu: 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition (Kino Lorber) — Available: DVD, Blu-ray

Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Funimation) — Available: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Shoot The Sun Down: Director’s Cut (Kino Lorber) — Available: DVD, Blu-ray

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

BAM150 (Cinema Guild) — Available on DVD, iTunes

Blackfish (Magnolia) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes

Grabbers (MPI Home Video) — Available on DVD, Amazon Instant, iTunes

I Declare War (Image) — Available on DVD + Digital Copy, Blu-ray + Digital Copy, Amazon Instant, iTunes

Ip Man: The Final Fight (Well Go USA) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes

Dealin’ With Idiots (MPI Home Video) — Available on DVD, Amazon Instant, iTunes

Paradise (Image) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes

Rising From Ashes (First Run) — Available on DVD, 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.

  • ds

    For films without accompanying write-ups, could you please mention either the year of release or the name of the director (or both), to avoid confusion with films with same/similar titles? Thanks.

    November 13, 2013
  • tully

    Moving forward, will do. Typically, though, assume that whatever version is being mentioned here is not the crappy modern retread version. But there are exceptions to that rule, so it is a good idea to clarify at all times moving forward!

    November 13, 2013
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