November 14, 2012

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Brave' / 'Savages' / 'The Watch' / 'Twilight's Last Gleaming'

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Skilled archer Merida defies convention in “Brave.”


Suggested retail price: $26.99


"THEY CALL IT MYANMAR: LIFTING THE CURTAIN," documentary. One of the least visually documented countries on the planet, Myanmar (formerly Burma) was controlled by a military dictatorship until last year, and has only recently begun taking steps toward democracy. Where this much-discussed documentary was surreptitiously filmed before this change, one might expect to find a great deal of suffering in this captured footage. And while that's unavoidable, what's most surprising about covert documentarian Robert H. Lieberman's astounding film is how genuinely optimistic and cheerful most of the people on display are, revealing that Myanmar is even more of a mystery than we may have realized. A lot to be gleaned here, but aside from the food for thought is some beautiful footage of a country very few will travel to. Not rated; contains some disturbing images. Running time: 1:24

Suggested retail price: $29.95

"WEEKEND," starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne. French "new-wave" director Jean-Luc Godard famously outdid himself with this 1967 black comedy, a thoroughly unpredictable and energetically misanthropic affair that follows the world's least-likable couple (Darc and Yanne) as they flit from plotting to kill each other to enduring a world-record car wreck, getting horribly lost and, last but not least, abducted by cannibals. Rarely has such anarchy been displayed with such style, and while we're unlikely to encounter Godard's equal in this lifetime, this Criterion release handsomely introduces him to a new generation and spruces him up for legions of longtime fans. Not rated; contains mild language, violence and sexual content. Running time: 1:45

Suggested retail price: $29.95; Blu-ray $39.95

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