January 17, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'The Possession' / 'Taken 2' / 'To Rome with Love' / 'Won't Back Down'

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Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg in “To Rome with Love.”

Sony Pictures Classics

Suggested retail price: $39.95

VIDEOPORT PICKS

"DETROPIA," documentary. The eternally put-upon city of Detroit has long been little more than an unkind punchline whenever anyone needs a worst-case scenario for places one could live. But filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady attempt to go beyond the usual dismissive comments to get to the heart of what happened to this once-bustling city, and why it never seems to be able to escape its unenviable rut. Speaking with longtime residents, businessmen and average Joes and Janes alike -- and finding beauty where few would think to look -- Ewing and Grady certainly don't shy away from Detroit's ongoing plight. But they also cast a respectful and hopeful light on a city that for all its problems is considered home by millions. Not rated; contains language. Running time: 1:31

Suggested retail price: $29.95

"ABOUT CHERRY," starring Ashley Hinshaw, Lili Taylor, Dev Patel, James Franco and Heather Graham. The film debut of author Stephen Elliott is a visual love letter to San Francisco as it tells the story of high school student Angelica (Hinshaw), whose choices lead her from a depressing home life and dead-end job in Los Angeles to the fetish-filled Bay Area adult film world. A stepfather with dark motives lurks in the background as Angelica watches over her younger sister and questions her options. A gritty and defiantly voyeuristic look at the life of a youth who never loses her innocence even as she gyrates for the camera, "Cherry" urges us to consider the delicate tension between body and self by focusing on society's most sought-after objects of desire. Rated R for sexual content including nudity, language and drugs. Running time: 1:42

Suggested retail price: $24.99; Blu-ray $29.99

- Courtesy of Videoport

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