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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Cinema Guild) — Movies about young love are a dime a dozen and sometimes, regardless of how underwhelming they are or how obnoxious the people responsible for them, they win Sundance (see last year!), even when most of the denizens of Festival Land damn well know better. Alas, within the rough weeds of Sundance’s art world oriented, experimentally minded New Frontier section is an utterly original film about these all too well traversed themes. A fast paced iteration of young male infatuation, obsession, and yes, the oh so overused L word, Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty throws the kitchen sink at the problems of modern cinema. It seems to be inventing its own cinematic language from the ground up. From claymation to direct address, it’s in here. It’s no surprise then that Mr. Nance, whose film is marching to the beat of its own drum from its sensational opening credit sequence onward, is a visual and audio artist first, a filmmaker second. Read Brandon Harris’ full HTN review as well as Paul Sbrizzi’s A Conversation With Terence Nance. Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition (Warner) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/UltraViolet, and Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet + Amazon-Exclusive Flash Drive.

Magnum P.I.: The Complete Series (Universal) — Available on DVD.

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

Morning (Starz/Anchor Bay) — Available on DVD.

Frozen Ground (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

100 Bloody Acres (Doppelganger Releasing) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Bob and the Monster (Shaker Films) — Available on DVD and 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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