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The big indie DVD release this week is Sean Penn's
cinematic version of the true-life adventure story Into the Wild
, starring Emile Hirsch
and Hal Holbrook
. But there are several other intriguing new titles that you might have missed during their theatrical engagements, starting with Susanne Bier's Things We Lost in the Fire
. By our usual definitions, it's not really an "indie," since it was released by a big Hollywood studio (Paramount Pictures), but I think Bier's distinctive directorial vision is the very definition of "independent." It's certainly not an easy film to watch or to like, yet the performance by Benicio del Toro
is a knock out and I think a rental is justified. The DVD includes deleted scenes and a discussion about the film.
When he saw My Kid Could Paint That
at Sundance, Scott Weinberg wrote
: "I love a documentary that doles out both sides of an interesting story and then forces you to decide for yourself where the truth actually lies." Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, the documentary tells the story of a four-year-old girl who may -- or may not -- be an immensely talented artist. Sony Pictures Classics' DVD includes an audio commentary and two behind-the-scenes features.
An intimate drama that divided festival audiences, Chilean filmmaker Matías Bize's En La Cama
) sets all the action in a single motel room as a man and a woman alternately have passionate sex and engage in spirited debates. This sounds like a couples film -- as long as the couple is comfortable watching softcore porn together. Koch Lorber's DVD includes deleted scenes, a bonus interview, rehearsals, TV spots, and a short film by the director.