April 4, 2013

DVD Releases

"John Dies at the End" / "The Baytown Outlaws"

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Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”

HBO

Suggested retail price: $24.99

 

"THAT THING YOU DO!" starring Tom Everett Scott and Liv Tyler. Having already won just about every accolade Hollywood has to offer, Hanks tried his hand at directing for the first time with this 1996 musical/comedy favorite, which details the rise and fall of wannabe rockers The Wonders in early '60s-era Pennsylvania. This Blu-ray director's cut increases the running length to an indulgent two and a half hours, but fans of the film's goofy humor and easygoing nature are unlikely to mind. Rated PG. Running time: 2:28

Suggested retail price: $19.98

 

VIDEOPORT PICKS

"HITLER'S CHILDREN," documentary. A strong candidate for worst human being in history, Adolf Hitler famously never had children. But what of the descendants of the Nazi regime's top officials? Filmmaker Chanoch Ze'evi introduces and attempts to shed light on these often reclusive relatives in this unsettling yet cathartic doc, interviewing the grandchildren of such prominent Nazis as Heinrich Himmler and Amon Goth (famously portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List"). Confronting an evil legacy to which they are tied through no fault of their own, these haunted individuals make an indelible impression and offer a fresh if unavoidably disturbing perspective on the horrors of our past. Not rated. Running time: 1:20

Suggested retail price: $24.95

 

"KNUCKLEBALL!" documentary. This deceptively simple film from directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg uncovers the history behind and purveyors of the most unpredictable and misunderstood pitch in baseball. Following a couple of proven veterans (good ol' Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox and late bloomer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets) who continue to rely on the "circus pitch" in spite of its unpredictability and unfashionable nature, "Knuckleball!" takes what appears to be a narrow-ranging topic and expands it impressively into an affecting portrait of atypical athletes striving to stand out from their peers. Not rated. Running time: 1:25

Suggested retail price: $24.98

 

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