April 18, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Django Unchained' / 'Dragon'

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Christoph Waltz Jamie Foxx Django Unchained
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Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained."

The Associated Press

It's nuts, it's hilarious and it holds up extremely well, especially with Criterion's beautiful (but not TOO beautiful, this is "Repo Man," after all) transfer.

Special features include a commentary from Cox, interviews with cast and crew, and deleted scenes. Rated R. Running time: 1:32

Suggested retail price: $39.95

VIDEOPORT PICKS

"INTO THE COLD: A JOURNEY OF THE SOUL," documentary. The frigid winter we just endured in our beloved home state starts to look like a tropical vacation after even a few minutes of this fascinating doc from Sebastian Copeland ("Antarctica Crossing"). Copeland teams up with fellow explorer Keith Heger on a blisteringly "Cold" 400-mile trek to the North Pole, a journey that fewer than 150 brave souls have embarked upon.

Both the meticulous preparation and arduous traveling are given equal screen time, not to mention the difficultly inherent in both documenting and taking the trip. A remarkable feat to say the very least, and an alternately exhausting and exhilarating viewing experience. Not rated. Running time: 1:27

Suggested retail price: $24.98

"LOVE FREE OR DIE," documentary. The life and times of Christendom's first openly gay bishop, Macky Alston's illuminating and inspiring doc gives us the story of Gene Robinson via the people who know him best. Alston cobbles together terrific interviews and footage to paint a picture of a brilliant, courageous man working tirelessly to bridge a once unthinkably wide gap between religious faith and homosexuality, simply by remaining true to himself.

Eighty-three minutes barely skims the surface of such multi-faceted subjects, and Alston wisely sets his sights more on the man than his remarkable crusade. But the conversations potentially opened by "Love Free or Die" could prove life-changing. Not rated. Running time: 1:23

Suggested retail price: $24.95

- Courtesy of Videoport

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