CATEGORIES Documentary, Drama, Independent, Music & Musicals, New on DVD, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie, Features, DVDs, CinematicalOne of the true underdog stories of the year, "art house musical" Once arrives on DVD today from Fox Searchlight. Written and directed by John Carney, the film won the Audience Award at Sundance back in January and ended up earning more than nine million dollars in the US. James Berardinelli at Reel Views wrote: "This isn't a perfect motion picture but, in the midst of summer's vapid pursuit of spectacle, a movie that provides real heart and emotion is a rare find." The DVD includes music and film commentaries by Carney and actors/musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, two featurettes and an animated "webisode."
I don't understand why John Landis' Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project was selected to screen at the New York Film Festival. It's a fine celebrity documentary with plenty of well-known faces praising the acerbic, long-lived insult comic, Landis keeps the pace snappy, and it's quite entertaining, but it fits in quite well on HBO (where I saw it) and if there were any transcendent angles, I missed them entirely. Cinematical's Jette Kernion had a similar reaction. The DVD from Vivendi is a two-disk "collector's edition," but I haven't been able to find specific details on what's included.
Deep Water sounds intriguing: the "stunning true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race." Richard von Busack felt that the documentary by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell "seems like a last word; the film gives a full and aesthetically satisfying overview" of the events that occurred, effectively meshing interviews with dramatizations. (His review is well worth clicking through to read in its entirety.) The DVD includes additional interviews with sailors, family members and journalists involved with the race.