July 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Video Library New Releases

Week of Friday July 11th 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.


More New Mysteries:
Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter (2013-Sweden) Three adaptations of crime novel best-sellers by Liza Marklund (some available at the SFe Public Library). 3 episodes, 3 discs.

Bletchley Circle, The (2012-PBS) The female sleuths carry on postwar. Season 2, 4 mysteries, 2 discs.

Case Histories (2011-Brit) Jason Isaacs, solider turned cop turned private investigator. Based on the novels by Kate Atkinson (available at the SFe Public Library). Season 1, 6 episodes, 2 discs.

Endeavour (2014-PBS) A Masterpiece Mystery. Season 2, 4 episodes, 2 discs.

Hinterland (2014-Wales) A Welsh Wallander. Season 1, 4 separate mysteries, 4 discs.

Ice House, The (1997-Brit) C-172min. D: Tim Fywell. Daniel Craig. In a secluded rural landscape, three women try to hide a corpse from the police. From the 1992 novel by Minette Walters (available at the SFe Public Library).

Jack Taylor (2010-Ireland) Iain Glen (“Jorah Mormont” on Game of Thrones). Comic nor about an ex-cop, a bit too fond of the bottle, now working as a p.i. in Galway. Set 1, 3 separate mysteries, 3 discs.

Mr. and Mrs. Murder (2013-Australia) Husband-and-wife crime scene cleaning team finds clues the police have missed. Series 1, 13 episodes, 4 discs.

Murder on the Home Front (2013-PBS) C-91min. D: Geoffrey Sax. Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant. In 1940s wartime London, a new Ripper may be loose.

New DVDs:
Bad Words (2014) C-89min. D: Jason Bateman. Jason Bateman. Bateman’s directorial debut, in a comedy about a loser who discovers a loophole in Spelling Bee rules about age limits, and goes for the g-o-l-d. [R]

Caught (1948) B&W-88min. D: Max Ophuls. James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan. Noir classic about a hasty wedding, soon regretted.

Great Race, The (1965) C-160min. D: Blake Edwards. Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood. Funny movie, one of our faves, and well worth it if only for Jack Lemmon’s dual roles.

Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014) C-90min. D: Frank Pavich. Documentary about one of the greatest movies never made, a proposed 1975 adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic, imagined by Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) and envisioned by the late designer H.R. Giger (Alien). [PG-13]

Le Week-End (2014-Brit) C-93min. D: Roger Michell. Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum. A British couple returns to Paris for a second honeymoon, hoping to rekindle that old feeling. [R]

Mr. Peabody and Sherman v.1. & v. 2. The original cartoons.

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) B&W-99min. D: Irving Pichel. William Powell, Ann Blyth. Delightfully old-fashioned fantasy romance whose title pretty much says it all.

Nymphomaniac v. 1 (2014-Denmark-France-Germany-Belgium) C-117min. D,Sc: Lars von Trier. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia La Beouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe et al, all of whose hardcore sex scenes are body-doubled. [NR]

Nymphomaniac v. 2 (2014-Denmark-France-Germany-Belgium) C-124min. More, if you must.

Operation Petticoat (1959) C-122min. D: Blake Edwards. Cary Grant, Tony Curtis. The inspiration for Curtis’ impersonation of Cary in Some Like It Hot had its genesis here in this WW2 submarine comedy, when the former found himself working with his idol, the latter.

The Raid 2 (2014-Indonesia) C-150min. D,Sc,Ed: Gareth Huw Evans. Iko Uwais. Incredible sequel, absolutely incredible. [R]

New Blu-ray:
Bad Words (2014)
Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014)

New TV:
Dollhouse (2009-Fox) Joss Whedon near-classic with Eliza Dushku. Season 1, 13 episodes, 2 discs.

Dollhouse (2010-Fox) Season 2, 13 episodes, 2 discs.

Vicious (2014-PBS) (Sir) Ian McKellen, (Sir) Derek Jacobi. Two men who had lived together in south central London for almost 50 years, and not pleasantly. Season 1, 7 episodes, 2 discs.