CATEGORIES Documentary, Drama, Horror, New on DVD, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie, Features, DVDs, CinematicalThe titles that will probably get the biggest play this week are Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, the indie auteur's take on Bob Dylan that inspired spirited critical debate, and Alejandro Monteverde's romantic drama Bella, which seemed to come out of nowhere to become an audience favorite, playing in theaters for months. Both hit DVD today; I'm Not There is packed with an audio commentary with Haynes, deleted scenes, featurettes, audition tapes, gag reel and more, while Bella has an audio commentary by the director, two featurettes and a music video.
Jess Weixler stars in Mitchell Lichtenstein's Teeth, which inspired no fewer than three reviews here at Cinematical: Scott Weinberg, Kim Voynar and Nick Schager. If that's not enough to lure you in, it's about vagina dentata! Read the reviews to learn more -- each of our reviewers focused on something different that appealed or repelled. The DVD includes an audio commentary by the director, deleted scenes, outtakes and behind the scenes footage.
As a mother of five, Kim Voynar presented a very personal perspective on Abby Ebstein's doc, The Business of Being Born, featuring Ricki Lake. Kim wrote in part: "Epstein does a thorough job of dissecting the cold, hard facts about the history of modern childbirth." Two featurettes are included on the DVD: one takes the viewer behind the scenes, and the other follows up with what happened to the participants.
Kim also very much enjoyed Eric Byler's Tre, feeling that the director, who previously made the excellent Charlotte Sometimes and Americanese, is "at his best when he directs material he writes on his own, and he's at the top of his game with Tre." The romantic drama explores "relationships, marriage, fidelity and friendship." The DVD includes a cast commentary, behind the scenes footage and deleted scenes.
Scott Weinberg got a big kick out of Tom DiCillo's Delirious, "a poker-faced but insightful and amusing comedic drama that takes square aim at pop stars, paparazzi and stargazers without ever settling for the obvious joke or the predictable punchline." Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Alison Lohman star. The DVD includes an audio commentary by the director, a featurette entitled "Stalking Delirious," promotional shorts and a music video.
A Collection of 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films features eight of the ten nominated shorts (five live action, three animated). Jeffrey M. Anderson reviewed all ten and noted: "As a whole package, none of them gets anywhere near masterpiece status, but none are particularly awful, either." Total running time is 190 minutes, so this DVD screams out to be rented.