March 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Video Library New Releases

Week of March 28th 2014

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.

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VIDEO LIBRARY NEW RELEASES/Week of March 28th 2014

NEW DVD:

CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (2013-France) 95min. D: Bruno Dumont. Juliette Binoche. Remake of the 1988 art-and-artists classic, about Rodin’s mistress with a sculptural vision of her own, underrated and underappreciated at the time. Something of a French CUTIE AND THE BOXER. [NR]

CHINESE ZODIAC (2012-US-Hong Kong) 110min. D,Sc: Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan, Oliver Platt. A two-faced tycoon hires an intrepid adventurer to travel the world and retrieve a priceless set of a dozen ancient Asian bronzes. By the way, this is the Year of the Horse. [PG-13]

DELIVERY MAN (2013) 105min. D,Sc: Ken Scott. Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt. A schlubby but basically nice guy is shocked to discover that the many donations he made at a sperm bank twenty years ago have resulted in no less than 533 grown progeny…who he is then compelled to seek out and investigate. Writer-director’s remake of his own 2011 French comedy STARBUCK. [PG-13]

THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013-Italian) 142min. D,Sc: Paolo Sorrentino. Toni Servillo. In the third act of his life, a journalist wanders Rome, looking back on his life, while pondering his past, present, and future. Celebrated as a tale Federico Fellini would have wished he’d made. Highly recommended. [NR]

ODD THOMAS (2011) 96min. D,Sc: Stephen Sommers. Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe. Excellent adaptation of Dean Koontz’s eerie 2003 novel, in which he introduced the title character, a psychic who serves as a reluctant detective for the dead. Can he avert the bloody apocalypse he foresees coming to Pico Mundo CA? Santa Fe (the Plaza Café, Silva Lanes), Rio en Medio (the church), and Albuquerque (Cottonwood Mall) all stand in for his hometown. Well-done, scary, amusing, and surprisingly poignant. [NR]

THE PAST (2013-France-Italy) 130min. D,Sc: Asghar Farhadi. Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa. An Iranian man goes to Paris to complete divorce proceedings with his estranged wife, who has a new boyfriend she intends to marry. But then her ex-to-be becomes embroiled in the problems of their daughter. From the writer-director of A SEPARATION. Subtitled in French and Persian. Bejo was “Pepper” in THE ARTIST. [PG-13]

PERSONA (1966-Sweden) 81min. D,Sc: Ingmar Bergman. Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann. Black-and-white study of two grey personalities, a nurse and the actress she’s taking care of, who move toward a psychic center. Arguably, Bergman’s best film. [NR]

SCOOBY-DOO! WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY (2014) 84min. Really, do you need any more description than that? Really? [NR]

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE MOVIE (2013) 87min. CoD: Barry Cook & Neil Nightingale. Pallid contemporary story bookends the good stuff, CGI dino footage with a narrated plotline akin to THE LAND BEFORE TIME. Educational, but don’t tell that to the kids beforehand. [PG]

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2012) 95min. D: Rob Meltzer. Adam Brody, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Megan Boone, Dennis Haysbert. A corporate retreat on an uninhabited island goes horribly wrong when the pilot dies and they’re stranded. Sounds like a horror movie, but it’s actually a comedy—in a misogynistic and homophobic way. Yeah, that means it’s a guy movie. Van Damme is cleverly meta—wait for the François Van Varenberg joke at the end. Then go Google it.[NR—probably equivalent to R]

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) 180min. D: Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey. Meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of amoral stock trader Jordan Belfort, whose 2007 book (available at the Santa Fe Public Library) inspired this raucous comedy about greed and its happy/sad consequences. Nominated for five Oscars (Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Director, and Picture). [R]

NEW BLU-RAY:

  • THE GREAT BEAUTY
  • ODD THOMAS
  • THE PAST
  • PERSONA
  • SCOOBY-DOO! WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY
  • WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE MOVIE
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET


NEW TV:

  • CALIFORNICATION (2013/Showtime) David Duchovny. Season 6, 12 episodes on 2 discs.
  • VEEP (2013/HBO) Julia-Louis Dreyfus. Season 2, 10 episodes on 2 discs.
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