August 15, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'The Big Wedding' / 'The Company You Keep' / 'Olympus Has Fallen' / 'Girls: The Complete Second Season' / 'Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season'

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Robert Redford in “The Company You Keep.” Shia LeBeouf also stars.

Sony Pictures Classics

At times unbearably tense and providing more than its share of unsettling food for thought, "Seconds" asks a number of questions few mainstream films were posing at the time. Special features include a commentary from Frankenheimer. Rated R. Running time: 1:47

Suggested retail price: $39.95 


"ENLIGHTENED: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON," starring Laura Dern and Mike White. Created by and co-starring White, "Enlightened" follows emotionally intense office worker Amy (Dern) from a monumental workplace breakdown to a life-changing spiritual awakening at a much-needed retreat -- then back to work, where her struggle to enforce her newly open-minded outlook onto the drudgery and heartbreak of her usual routine comprises the brunt of this all-too-relatable series. It'll sting, but you'll laugh, probably cry, and definitely be angry when there aren't any more episodes. Not rated. Running time: 4:34

Suggested retail price: $39.98 

"WHAT MAISIE KNEW," starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan. Skillfully and effectively adapting Henry James' novel of the same name for the modern age, directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("The Deep End") present what these days is a far more common situation than in James' day and age: A young girl (Onata Aprile) caught in a bitter, manipulative custody battle between her philandering art dealer dad (Coogan) and her long-in-the-tooth rock star mom (Moore).

While watching "Maisie" reduced to a pawn in a cruel, meaningless battle of wits doesn't exactly make for breezy summer viewing, it's impossible to come away from this film without re-evaluating the very notion of parenthood, both what you experienced as a child and how you behave with your own children. Rated R. Running time: 1:39

Suggested retail price: $28.99; Blu-ray $29

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