CATEGORIES Comedy, Documentary, Drama, New on DVD, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie, Features, DVDs, CinematicalBeyond the pregnant teen comedy and the one about a guy who loves a blow-up doll, what else is on the DVD shelves for indie film fans this week?
Can you really go wrong when your movie features two naked Academy Award-winners having sex? Fortunately, Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead goes far beyond surface pleasures. Jeffrey M. Anderson thought it was one of the year's best American films and Erik Davis felt it would was "sure to go down as one of Lumet's best in years." (For a contrary opinion, check out Ryan Stewart's review.) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei star. ThinkFilm's DVD includes an audio commentary with Lumet and his lead actors and a "making of" feature.
War/Dance follows a group of children living in a refugee camp in Uganda who have been invited to participate in a national music and dance competition. "I can't imagine anyone could watch War/Dance," wrote Kim Voynar when she saw it AFI Dallas last year, "without feeling heart-wrenched over these kids' stories and being touched by their heart and courage ... This is what documentary filmmaking is all about." ThinkFilm's DVD includes deleted and extended scenes, the theatrical trailer and a trailer gallery.
Also of interest: highly-acclaimed political drama Bamako (New Yorker); documentary Here is What Is (Suma), which goes behind the scenes with music producer Daniel Lanois, and Jeff Garlin's comedy/romance I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (IFC).