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Holy Rollers (Vivendi Entertainment) — On paper, Holy Rollers sounds like one of those movies that could go wrong in so many different ways it doesn’t seem possible that it won’t. But from the very first frame of Kevin Asch’s debut feature, there’s a feeling in the air that this one just might be different. It is. Holy Rollers is an unexpected treat that rises above its superficial trappings thanks to assured filmmaking, a healthy dose of unforced humor, and a whole lot of actual heart. Read the rest of my review, then buy it on DVD.


Don’t Let Me Drown (Image Entertainment) — It’s hard not to compare Cruz Angeles’ coming-of-age to Raising Victor Vargas, but that’s never a bad thing (except for when it is). In this case, that’s a compliment. Don’t Let Me Drown doesn’t bring anything dramatically new to the table, but it’s a story very well told, and features some exceptional youth performances. Out of the competition films that I saw at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, this one was in the upper tier. Buy it on DVD.

New Blu-Ray Arrivals

The Maltese Falcon (Warner Home Video) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Home Video) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

Bad Lieutenant: Special Edition (Lionsgate) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

The Blair Witch Project (Lionsgate) — Blu-ray.

Secretary (Lionsgate) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

Have Not Seen But Would Like To

Splice (Warner Home Video) — Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

Mid-August Lunch (Zeitgeist Films) — Buy it on DVD.

The Secret of Kells (New Video Group) — Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

The Human Centipede (IFC Films) — (Okay, not really, but I figured I’d mention it anyway.) Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

The Most Important Re-Release/New-To-Blu-ray Title of The Week

Troll 2 (MGM) — If you think I’m kidding then read this. Then buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

  • What could Blu-ray possibly add to “The Blair Witch Project”. They can’t add the resolution that was never there.

    October 8, 2010
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