January 10, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Dredd' / 'Frankenweenie' / 'Hit and Run' / 'House at the End of the Street' / 'Game Change'

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Olivia Thirlby in “Dredd.”

Lionsgate

Suggested retail price: $29.98

NEW TO BLU-RAY

"CAPE FEAR," starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. One of classic cinema's more sordid offerings, 1962's "Cape Fear" is also one of its most thrilling, a nasty game of cat and mouse between upstanding lawyer Peck and former prison inmate Mitchum, who's out to exact revenge on the man who put him in jail. A far more menacing "oldie but goodie" than one tends to encounter, "Fear" is above all a showcase for the great Mitchum, whose particular brand of untoward charm was rarely put to better use. Not rated; contains violence. Running time: 1:46

Suggested retail price: $19.98

"DRIVING MISS DAISY," starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. The 1989 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, this ever-charming film chronicles the long and eventful relationship between Miss Daisy Werthan (Tandy, who won a much-deserved Oscar for the role) and her faithful chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Freeman, who received a nomination himself), a not always harmonious but ultimately rewarding team-up that we watch bloom into a beautiful friendship. Rated PG for mild language. Running time: 1:39

Suggested retail price: $27.98

VIDEOPORT PICK

"COMPLIANCE," starring Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker. Meet "Compliance," the fascinating and excruciating tale of a psychological standoff between a fast-food employee (Walker, in a bold and difficult performance), her overworked manager (the equally impressive Dowd), and a mysterious caller identifying himself as a policeman, who accuses Walker of stealing and demands that Dowd take action via a series of increasingly unprofessional commands. How this all plays out will enrage even the hardiest of viewers, particularly upon learning that this is all based on actual events. Writer-director Craig Zobel works wonder with limited space and budget, using these constraints to his advantage and coming through with a masterpiece of tension and outrage. Rated R. Running time: 1:30

Suggested retail price: $26.98; Blu-ray $29.98

- Courtesy of Videoport

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