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DVD RELEASES 2010/5/25

This is one of those Tuesdays where the list of movies that I Have-Not-Seen-But-Plan-To-Do-Just-That dwarfs those that I have, in fact, experienced with my own two eyes and do, in fact, Recommends. Looks like you guys aren’t the only ones who have some work to do:


The Road (Sony Pictures) — Talk about an unfair bar of expectation. Still, I think John Hillcoat does a more than serviceable job turning Cormac McCarthy’s emotional, poetic crusher of a Pulitzer Prize-winner into a fittingly stark big screen experience. To be blunt, no, watching this movie didn’t come close to rocking my world the way reading McCarthy’s words did—which I can honestly say permanently warped my world view for the sadder—but I knew that wasn’t going to happen (if you really want to watch a movie that captures what it feels like to read The Road, watch Elem Klimov’s Come and See). Though Hillcoat’s The Road is no match for McCarthy’s, I still think it’s worth giving a spin on DVD or Blu-ray, especially to play the “lost in adaptation” game.

Stagecoach (Criterion) — I’m tempted to bump John Ford’s 1939 classic Western to the below list just because it’s been so long since I’ve seen it, but since I have seen it, up here it shall be. This new Criterion release features a new hi-def visual transfer as well as a ton of other goodies. It seems a tad obvious to call Stagecoach essential viewing, but it is, so buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

Have Not Seen But Plan To Do Just That

By Brackhage: An Anthology, Volumes One And Two (Criterion) — My left pinky toe has only skimmed the surface of the ocean that is Stan Brackhage, so this release is especially helpful for me. Buy Volume One and Volume Two on DVD or the 2-Volume Blu-ray Set.

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (IndiePix) — Buy it on DVD.

Yesterday Girl (Facets) — Buy it on DVD.

Mystery Team (Lionsgate) — Buy it on DVD.

David Cross: Bigger And Blackerer (Sub Pop) — Buy it on DVD.

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset And Grove Press (New Video Group) — Buy it on DVD.

Owl & The Sparrow (Image Entertainment) — Buy it on DVD.

— Michael Tully

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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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