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DVD RELEASES 2010/9/21

Today is big, folks. Like, really, really big. Not only is one monumental nonfiction DVD boxed set being released; two are. For anyone who’s caught the briefest snippets of these masterworks, the importance of having these titles commercially available—as opposed to having to go on pricey bootleg searches, which is how things used to be—cannot be overstated. If you care about movies, you should be down on your knees thanking the world right now.


Middletown (Icarus Films) — I have only seen two of the films in Peter Davis’s six-part made-for-PBS series that explores life in the community of Muncie, Indiana, in the mid-1980s, but based on those alone—Seventeen and Second Time Around—this collection is absolutely mandatory viewing. I cannot wait for my own package to arrive so that I can make a weekend out of this very special achievement. Other titles include: The Campaign, The Big Game, Community of Praise, and Family Business. Buy the 4-DVD Set.

The Actuality Films of Allan King (Criterion) — Eclipse Series 24 is one of their most exciting yet. This is another case when I’ve only seen two titles in the collection—Warrendale and A Married Couple—but that’s enough to make me deem this a must-have. Other titles include: Come on Children, Dying at Grace, Memory for Max, and Claire, Ida and Company. Buy the 5-DVD Set.

Highly Recommended

Trash Humpers (Drag City) — Read my review of Harmony Korine’s American trashterpiece, then buy it on DVD.


Calvin Marshall (Passion River) — Read my review, then buy it on DVD and Blu-ray.

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Hair Girl (Cinema Guild) — Buy it on DVD.

Have Not Seen But Should

Charade (Criterion) — This one also doubles as a “New To Blu-ray Pick Of The Week,” but I am shamed to say that I have not seen it.

Modern Family: The Complete First Season (20th Century Fox) — I hear it’s good? Buy the 4-Disc DVD or 3-Disc Blu-ray Sets.

Bored To Death: The Complete First Season (HBO Home Video) — I hear it’s funny? Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

Ondine (Magnolia Pictures) — Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

The Secret in Their Eyes (Sony Classics) — Buy it on DVD or 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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