February 21, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Argo' / 'Anna Karenina' / 'Fun Size' / 'Sinister' / 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'

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John Goodman, left, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in “Argo.”

Warner Bros.

Suggested retail price: $39.99

"ON THE WATERFRONT," starring Marlon Brando and Lee J. Cobb. American classic from 1954 is given the royal treatment it deserves thanks to the cinema saviors at the Criterion Collection, and this timeless tale of a down-on-his-luck ex-boxer (Brando) who "coulda been a contendah" remains resonant, with equally brilliant performances and direction by Elia Kazan. Special features include interviews and an hour-long doc on Kazan. Not rated. Running time: 1:48

Suggested retail price: $49.95

VIDEOPORT PICK

"SMALL APARTMENTS," starring Matt Lucas and Johnny Knoxville. Fans of Chris Millis' novel would most likely wonder how anyone could possibly adapt it to the big screen, but director Jonas Akerlund ("Spun") isn't one to shy away from abstract polarizing material. "Apartments" manages to be every bit as insane as its source material with an oddball cast to match, pairing typical loose cannons such as Knoxville and Peter Stormare with dependable veterans Billy Crystal and James Caan. But all concerned are on board with Akerlund and Millis' singular vision, detailing the pathetic efforts of bumbling apartment dweller Franklin (Lucas, "Little Britain") to conceal the fact that he's just accidentally killed his landlord. For those in the right frame of mind, "Apartments" proves to be stylish craziness of the highest order. Rated R. Running time: 1:37

Suggested retail price: $22.99

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