December 13, 2012

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'The Bourne Legacy' / 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' / 'Ted' / 'Futurama: Volume 7'

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Film Title: The Bourne Legacy
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Jeremy Renner reboots the Bourne franchise with “The Bourne Legacy.”

Universal Pictures

Suggested retail price: $39.95


"GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON," starring Lena Dunham and Allison Williams. Sort of a "Sex and the City" for the cynical Internet age, Lena Dunham's darkly wonderful "Girls" is an all-too-realistic look at young women making their way in the big city, salvaging relationships from the emotional wreckage of their day-to-day routine and managing to provide an impressive number of laughs. Proudly displaying perceived physical and social imperfections, Dunham proves herself perhaps the least vain performer on television, unafraid both to bare her body in what have to be the least erotic yet most believable sex scenes in the history of the medium and to portray her character as an oftentimes selfish, hurtful brat. Harsh, hilarious and always relatable, "Girls" gets the twentysomething years right like few (maybe none) before it. Not rated; contains language, nudity and drug content. Running time: 6:30

Suggested retail price: $39.98; Blu-ray $49.99

"THE QATSI TRILOGY," documentary. Director/artist/genius Godfrey Reggio's masterworks aren't mere movies. They're immersive voyages through the mind that will make you re-evaluate just about everything you think you know -- especially about our relationship with technology, which is a more pertinent subject now than perhaps ever before.

Beginning with 1983's "Koyaanisqatsi" (life out of balance), continuing on with 1988's "Powaqqatsi" (life in transformation) and concluding with 2002's "Naqoyqatsi" (life as war), Reggio blows our collective mind via seemingly everyday images, and his quest is heightened immeasurably by the singularly beautiful score by composer Philip Glass. Criterion brings the lucky film buff all three in this handsomely packaged set, replete with several new interviews. Not rated; contains some disturbing imagery. Running time: 4:34

Suggested retail price: $79.95; Blu-ray $79.95

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