January 24, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'End of Watch' / 'The Paperboy' / 'The Men Who Built America' / 'The Quiet Man'

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena in “End of Watch.”

Courtesy Open Road Films

Suggested retail price: $26.99


"PINA," documentary. In this collaboration between two masters of the visual form, director Wim Wenders ("Wings of Desire") salutes the mind-blowing (and here three-dimensional) choreography of the late, great Pina Bausch, who unfortunately passed away a mere two days before Wenders began his project.

Left to translate her works to the big screen is a fascinating and hugely talented troupe of dancers, all of whom share their memories of the artist when they're not bringing them to vivid life for the lucky viewer. A beautiful celebration of a remarkable life and an art form all too infrequently showcased on the big screen. Rated PG. Running time: 1:43

Suggested retail price: $29.95; Blu-ray $49.95

"SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN," documentary. One of the best rock docs in ages, this thoroughly captivating study of a near-mythic musician traces the filmmakers' attempts to track down the back story and whatever became of Rodriguez, a Detroit-based folk singer whose 1970 debut record was predicted to be the next big thing. When this completely failed to be the case, Rodriguez faded into obscurity for all but a fiercely devoted group of fans in South Africa, who somehow got their hands on bootlegged copies of the forgotten album and before long were hailing Rodriguez as the second coming of Elvis -- a fact that proves to be a big surprise to the musician himself. By turns sad, thrilling and triumphant, "Sugar Man" puts you through the wringer and then some, introducing audiences to a singular talent. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:26

Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $35.99

- Courtesy of Videoport

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