May 2, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Silver Linings Playbook' / 'Broken City' / 'Gangster Squad' / 'The Guilt Trip' / 'The Details' / 'Not Fade Away'

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Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role, and Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

The Weinstein Company

Suggested retail price: $29.99; Blu-ray $39.99 


"FUNNY GIRL," starring Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif. Whippersnappers looking to enjoy "The Guilt Trip" but unaware of the greatness that is Streisand may want to bone up with this 1968 classic, the stage musical to end all stage musicals and one that netted Streisand the coveted Best Actress Oscar. In bringing Fanny Brice's story to the stage and screen, Streisand found herself experiencing a very similar rise to stardom, a parallel that adds considerably to the already infectious energy and fun on display here. Rated G. Running time: 2:31

Suggested retail price: $19.99 

"STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, SEASON THREE," starring Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner. Looking to beef up your already enormous "Star Trek" collection? Make it so! Season three is where most hit series tend to really hit their stride, and that's especially the case with "TNG," when a new bullpen of writers injected the occasionally stodgy show with renewed creative vigor. Not rated. Running time: 19:41

Suggested retail price: $129.99 


"CRAZY WISDOM," documentary. Buddhists don't come much more hedonistic than Chogyam Trungpa, a '60s icon given a grand re-introduction in Johanna Demetrakas' ("Some Nudity Required") funny and enlightening doc. Whether instructing his students to bring all their marijuana stashes to him and then burning them all in a fire pit to make a statement about addiction (and subsequently getting everyone within range extremely high) or having sex with as many of his female students as possible, Trungpa certainly did not fit the typical Buddhist mold. Yet his influence at the time cannot be overstated, and his essential teachings are recognized by even the staunchest Buddhists as valuable and sound. Not rated. Running time: 1:26

Suggested retail price: $29.95 

"WALK AWAY RENEE," documentary. Last seen sharing his emotionally devastating teenage video diaries with the world in 2003's "Tarnation," fearless filmmaker Jonathan Caouette now brings us up to date with "Renee," a movie that reminds us that when "The Guilt Trip" happens in real life, it's not nearly as funny. "Renee" is indeed Caouette's mother, a mentally ill, constantly hostile woman whose suspect parenting tactics were on full display in "Tarnation." But the tables have turned, and now she finds herself reliant on her son, who provides care as best he can under the circumstances. Not rated. Running time: 1:28

Suggested retail price: $24.98

- Courtesy of Videoport

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