July 25, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Trance' / 'Twixt' / 'Love and Honor' / 'The Silence'

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Rosario Dawson as hypnotist Dr. Elizabeth in “Trance.”

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Suggested retail price: $39.95

 "WELCOME TO THE PUNCH," starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong. Intense U.K. actioner finds injured policeman Max (McAvoy) regaining interest in his job when the criminal (Strong, "Sherlock Holmes") who hobbled him and escaped, makes an unexpected reappearance in his day-to-day routine. Seemingly a simple tale of cops and robbers, "Punch" reveals its complexity the longer it runs, and the top-notch cast mostly manages to rise above the inconsistent direction of Eran Creevy. Rated R. Running time: 1:39

Suggested retail price: $29.98 

VIDEOPORT PICKS 

"THE BITTER BUDDHA," documentary. In the cutthroat world of standup comedy, now and then you'll encounter a lowly but determined creature known as The Comedian's Comedian. This is a tireless, downtrodden, generally brilliant performer who's beloved by fellow comedians for his original take on the medium but forever falling just shy of mainstream success.

Then there's Eddie Pepitone. Known amongst his many peers in the business as "The Bitter Buddha," Pepitone has been on the road for 30 years, showcasing an angry but very relatable routine that has won the respect of such comics as Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis. Despite this, Pepitone remains far from a household name, but thanks to Twitter and a well-loved YouTube series, he's starting to see a resurgence in popularity. Not rated. Running time: 1:31

Suggested retail price: $24.95 

"GRACELAND," starring Arnold Reyes and Menggie Cobarrubias. A crushing and unbearably tense story of a devoted chauffeur (Reyes) to a corrupt politician (Cobarrubias), who have a longstanding and mutually profitable working arrangement that goes smoothly until criminals intervene while Reyes is transporting his employer's daughter and his own. An unthinkable event transpires, and it becomes even more unthinkable as one realization after another puts Reyes in a snowballing, progressively worse situation. Not rated. Running time: 1:24

Suggested retail price: $27.97; Blu-ray $29.97

- Courtesy of Videoport

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