June 20, 2013

DVD releases

New on the shelf: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' / 'The Last Exorcism Part II' / 'Movie 43' / 'Quartet' / '21 & Over'

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Nicholas Hoult in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”

New Line Cinema

Suggested retail price: $29.93

"SAFETY LAST!" starring Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis. All too often eclipsed by better-known contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the great Harold Lloyd made a legendary career from his unassuming nature, creating an overly confident but easily deflated nebbish that most anyone can relate to. So when unfavorable circumstances force him to have to climb a towering building for the purposes of a publicity stunt in this 1923 classic comedy, you really feel for the guy. The special effects were so impressive for the time that reportedly nurses were on hand in theaters to assist audience members suffering from vertigo. Special features include a commentary from critic Leonard Maltin and a feature-length documentary about Lloyd. Not rated. Running time: 1:14

Suggested retail price: $39.95

VIDEOPORT PICKS

"AMERICAN MARY," starring Katherine Isabelle and Antonio Cupo. For viewers who can handle its casual approach to gore, there are macabre pleasures to be found in this effective offering from the Soska sisters, in which we meet "Mary" (Isabelle), a young medical student about to resort to stripping to make ends meet before being approached by Beatrice (Tristan Risk) to try her hand at body modification. It's an enterprise she finds herself exceptionally skilled at, enough to wield it as a form of revenge when needed. Rated R. Running time: 1:35

Suggested retail price: $14.99; Blu-ray $20.99

"STOKER," starring Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. Marking the American debut of revered Korean director Chan-wook Park ("Oldboy"), "Stoker" is a brilliantly realized take on Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt." Misunderstood teen India (Mia Wasikowska) is forced to contend not only with the recent death of her father and cruel classmates, but with the unexpected appearance of her mysterious Uncle Charlie (Goode), an alternately seductive and off-putting man with unclear intentions who comes to stay with India and her oft-inebriated mother (Kidman). Rated R. Running time: 2:00

Suggested retail price: $22.98

- Courtesy of Videoport

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