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DVD RELEASES 2010/5/11

Oof. While some weeks are overloaded with new home video goodness (ahh, remember back to this magical Tuesday just a few weeks ago?), there are other Tuesdays such as these, when I struggle to come up with anything definitive to recommend on the home video front. I’m afraid this is all that caught my eye on today’s slate:

M (Criterion) — Fritz Lang’s definitive classic, which features a landmark performance by Peter Lorre, appears to be premiering on Blu-ray today. That is certainly news. If you’ve never seen it, you must. Or if, like me, your last viewing was back in college several decades ago, that means it’s past time to revisit it once again.

North Face (Music Box Films) — I was unable to catch up with Philipp Stolzl’s period suspense drama when it arrived in theaters, but have heard good things. From the description—German mountain climbers try to reach the top of the Alps as Hitler’s Nazi party begins its own ascent—I can’t help but envision a mash-up of Touching the Void meets Zentropa. Or maybe that’s my imagination getting the better of me. I guess there’s only one way to find out. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

One Deadly Summer (Bayview Entertainment) — Movies with the word “summer” in the title always make me perk up. As does earlier era Isabelle Adjani. Conveniently for me, this 1983 multiple Cesar Award winner from director Jean Becker has both. It also has the type of premise—small town thriller about characters with dark pasts—that I have a soft spot for, whether that premise results in an art film classic or a made-for-TV schlock drama. The fact that this film appears to be arriving for the first time on NTSC DVD in 2010 makes me a tad suspect, but we can all list dozens of great titles that have yet to find distribution in this country. I’d love to hear from any readers out there who have seen this thing and want to shed some light on which type of result it actually is. Classic? Schlock? Neither? Buy it on DVD.

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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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