March 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Video Library New Releases: Week of March 21, 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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NEW DVD:

AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) 138min. D,CoSc: David O. Russell. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Jack Huston. Ensemble comedy-drama about con men and the FBI, based on the ABSCAM scandal from the 1970s. From the creator of last year’s similarly well-regarded SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Ten Oscar nominations. [R]

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (1992) 84min. D: Errol Morris. Documentary on astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Never before on DVD. [NR]

FROZEN (2013) 102min. CoD: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Voices: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff. Disney’s Best Animated Feature is a variation on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” spotlighting the Oscar-winnning song “Let It Go,” as sung by “the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem” (according to John Travolta). [PG] 

HERE COMES THE DEVIL (2013-Mexico) 98min. D: Adrián García Bogliano. Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro. Two children get lost in caves on a family outing, and return unharmed…but changed. Played the Jean Cocteau Cinema. [NR] 

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958-Japan) 139min. D: Akira Kurosawa. In medieval times, a general fights to protect a clan princess. Classic actioner was the principal inspiration for STAR WARS.

JAMESY BOY (2014) 109min. D,CoSc: Trevor White. Spencer Lofranco, Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, James Woods. Teen gangster ends up in jail, but is rehabilitated by a compassionate lifer. Based on real people. [NR]

KILL YOUR DARLINGS (2013) 103min. D,CoSc: John Krikidas. Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen. Poet-to-be Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) enters Columbia University and has his eyes opened. [R]

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (2013) 141min. D: Justin Chadwick. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris. From childhood to presidency. Based on Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography (available at the Santa Fe Public Library). Oscar nomination for Best Song (“Ordinary Love” by Bono). [PG-13]

REASONABLE DOUBT (2013) 91min. D: Peter P. Croudins. Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper. Young D.A. defends a man he knows is innocent—because he himself is guilty. But that’s only half the story.  [R]

SAVING MR. BANKS (2013) 125min. D: John Lee Hancock. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks. Thompson is Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, trying to resist Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. One of last year’s best pictures, inexplicable all but ignored by the Academy. Highly recommended. [PG-13]

SKIN. LIKE. SUN (2009-Belgium) 60min. CoD: Murielle Scherre & Jennifer Lynn Bell. Floor Wyns, Wim van Damme. A real-life couple engages in slow sex for the camera. For real. No dialogue. No subtitles. Adults only. [NR]

 

NEW BLU-RAY:

AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (1992)

FROZEN (2013)

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958-Japan)

 

NEW TV:

ATLANTIS (2013/BBC) Season 1, 13 episodes with bonus features, on 3 discs.

MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES (2012) Australian Broadcasting System program, set in 1920s Melbourne, starring Essie Davis as the lady detective of the title. Season 1, 13 episodes on 4 discs.

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