DVD Triage: Week of May 24

The new releases this week are fairly uninteresting, so I put the classics at the top. A Criterion release of a Chaplin classic is much more worthy of attention. Other than that, it’s a pretty slow week for DVDs/blu-rays, but we get the usual first-of-the-month spate of Instant Watches. I’ve only highlighted a few, in keeping with this new, slightly pared-down format, so be sure to check out the “more” sections. Lots of good stuff in there. A lot of expirations on the first as well, so keep an eye out for those.

CLASSIC PICKS OF THE WEEK


The Great Dictator Criterion
Chaplin’s first full-sound film has him playing a Jewish barber who happens to be a dead ringer for Hitler. It wasn’t common by 1940 to be taking satirical potshots at Hitler, and the film was rather controversial because of it, in fact contributed to Chaplin being forced out of Hollywood as a suspected Communist. Which is all rather silly looking back at this masterpiece and its impassioned message of peace and tolerance, told as always with great charm and humor. BUY
1940 USA. Director: Charles Chaplin. Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

Vitaphone Varieties
From the Warner Archives collection comes a 4-DVD set of early Vitaphone shorts – if you thought sound started with The Jazz Singer, think again. These Warner shorts are where they first tested the synchronized sound system that would soon take the world by storm. They’re mostly musical or vaudeville acts, an invaluable insight into a time past. Not sure whether I can afford this set right now, but it’s definitely on my list. BUY, if you’re a film history buff
1926-1930 USA. Director: various. Starring: various.
Amazon DVD (Warner Archive)

OTHER CLASSICS
Le Mans (1971 USA, dir Lee H. Katzin, stars Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch; Blu-ray, Netflix)
The Boy Friend (1971 UK/USA, dir Ken Russell, stars Twiggy, Christopher Gable)
One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (2000 France, dir Chris Marker, doc about Andrei Tarkovsky)

NEW RELEASE PICKS OF THE WEEK


In the City of Sylvia
I’ve been looking forward to checking out this surrealistic look at a romance and a city since I first heard about it on the festival circuit like three years ago. So glad to see it finally getting a release. From the description, it sounds like what an Italo Calvino book would be like if filmed. RENT
2007 Spain/France. Director: José Luis Guerín. Starring: Pilar López de Ayala, Xavier Lafitte.
Amazon DVD | Netflix

Public Speaking
In a similar vein to what Soderbergh has done with his Spaulding Gray films, Scorsese takes on a documentary about one of New York City’s prominent essayists, Fran Lebowitz, editing together footage of interviews and public speaking engagements to build a portrait of this sardonic individual. The trailer for this interested me much more than I expected. RENT
2011 USA. Director: Martin Scorsese. Starring: Fran Lebowitz.
Amazon DVD | Netflix

I Am Number Four
Okay, so this doesn’t really look that good, but I figured I oughtta put something relatively mainstream in here. Why? I dunno. Anyway, I didn’t hate DJ Caruso’s Disturbia, and I quite like both Olyphant and Agron, and…yeah. That’s all I got. Might not be too disappointing a popcorn rental. MAYBE RENT
2011 USA. Director: D.J. Caruso. Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

OTHER NEW RELEASES
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011 USA, dir Kelly Asbury, stars James McAvoy, Emily Blunt; Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Netflix)
The Big Bang (2011 USA, dir Tony Krantz, stars Antonio Banderas, Autumn Reeser; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Bitter/Sweet (2009 USA, dir Jeff Hare, stars Kip Pardue, James Brolin; Netflix)
Burning Palms (2010 USA, dir Christopher Landon, stars Zoe Saldana, Nick Stahl; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Cruzando (2009 USA, dir Mando Alvarado, Michael Ray Escamilla, stars David Barrera; Netflix)
Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (2010 USA, dir Dover Koshashvili, stars Andrew Scott, Fiona Glascott; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The End of Poverty? (2009 USA, dir Philippe Diaz, stars John Christensen, William Easterly; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Forget Me Not (2009 USA, dir Tyler Oliver, stars Carly Schroeder, Cody Linley; Netflix)
Johnny (2010 USA, dir D. David Morin, stars Lee Majors, Mel Fair; Netflix)
Mad World (2010 USA, dir Cory Cataldo, stars Gary Cairns, Dylan Vigus; Netflix)
Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies (2008 USA, dir Aren Glimcher, stars Owen Lund, Julian Schnabel; Netflix)
The Scenesters (2010 USA, dir Todd Berger, stars Blaise Miller, Sherilyn Fenn; Netflix)
A Small Act (2010 USA, dir Jennifer Arnold; Netflix)
Thank You (2011 India, dir Anees Bazmee, stars Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor)
Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil (2009 USA, dir Robert Barry Ptolemy; Netflix)
The Unloved (2009 UK, dir Samantha Morton, stars Robert Carlyle, Molly Windsor; Netflix)
Violet Tendencies (2010 USA, dir Casper Andreas, stars Mindy Cohn, Marcus Patrick; Netflix)

BLU-RAY PICKS OF THE WEEK


Solaris Criterion Blu-ray
Andrei Tarkovsky’s slow-burn cerebral sci-fi film has been high on my list for a long time, and it can only be more awesome in blu-ray, which Criterion is releasing this week. It’s also getting a rerelease on DVD with new cover art, which unfortunately is much less appealing to me than its original cover art. Can’t win ’em all. BUY
1972 Russia. Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Starring: Natalya Bondarchuk, Juri Jarvet.
Amazon Blu-ray | Amazon DVD (re-release) | Netflix

Platoon
Best Picture and Director Oscar winner for 1986, a physically and psychologically brutal examination of combat in Vietnam through the eyes of a young volunteer who finds he’s not valued in his unit due to inexperience and then ends up at odds over an illegal killing in a raid.
1986 USA. Director: Oliver Stone. Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger.
Amazon Blu-ray/DVD combo | Netflix

OTHER BLU-RAYS
Gettysburg: Director’s Cut (1993 USA, dir Ronald F. Maxwell, stars Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang; DVD/Netflix)
Gods and Generals: Extended Director’s Cut (2003 USA, dir Ronald F. Maxwell, stars Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang; DVD/Netflix)
Grand Prix (1966 USA, dir John Frankenheimer, stars James Garner, Eva Marie Saint; DVD/Netflix)
Papillon (1973 USA, dir Franklin J. Schaffner, stars Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman; DVD/Netflix)
Tigerland (2000 USA, dir Joel Schumacher, stars Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis; DVD/Netflix)

TELEVISION PICKS OF THE WEEK


Transformers: The Complete Series
Tired of Michael Bay’s overblown extravaganzas? The full box set of the original 1980s series is here to assuage your nostalgia. BUY if you’re a fan
1984-1987 USA. Creator: Peter Wallach. Starring: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Chris Latta.
Amazon DVD | Netflix

Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series
A lot of people recommended this series to me after I loved Cowboy Bebop, but I haven’t had time to jump into another anime series yet. Should I make this my next one? RENT/BUY
2004-2005 Japan. Creator: Shirô Sasaki. Starring: Kazuy Nakai, Ginpei Sato.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

OTHER TELEVISION
Children’s Hospital: Seasons 1 & 2 (2008-2009 USA, creator Rob Corddry, stars Lake Bell, Rob Huebel; Netflix)
Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads: Season 1 (2010 USA, stars Hugh Rowland, Alex Debogorski; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Lemonade Mouth (2011 USA, dir Patricia Riggen, stars Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks; Netflix)
Melissa & Joey (2010 USA, creator David Kendall, Bob Young, stars Melissa Joan Hart, Joseph Lawrence; Netflix)
The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine (2011 UK, stars Prince William, Kate Middleton; Netflix)

INSTANT WATCH PICKS OF THE WEEK


Manhattan [6/1] One of Woody Allen’s best films; he’s a neurotic intellectual New Yorker caught between his ex-wife Meryl Streep, his teenage mistress Mariel Hemingway, and Diane Keaton, who just might be his match. Black and white cinematography, a great script, and a Gershwin soundtrack combine to create near perfection.
1979 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway.

Crimes and Misdemeanors [6/1] One of Allen’s most thoughtful and philosophically astute films about broken relationships and betrayed ideals – there are few answers here, but the questions will stay in your mind forever.
1989 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston.

Hannah and Her Sisters [6/1] This has all the elements Allen is known for – neurotic characters, infidelity, a tendency to philosophize randomly, New York City, dysfunctional family dynamics, acerbic wit – and blends them together much more cogently and evenly than most of his films do.
1986 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Mia Farrow, Diane Wiest, Barbara Hershey, Michael Caine.

The Silence of the Lambs [6/1] Only three films have ever swept the top five Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay), and this is one of them, managing both to be a solid serial killer thriller and something more, in its exploration of psychosis and the demons we all hide inside ourselves.
1991 USA. Director: Jonathan Demme. Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins.

The Hustler [6/1] One of Paul Newman’s most memorable roles as pool sharp Fast Eddie Felson – there’s a lot more going on here than just hustling suckers, though, as Fast Eddie goes from top to bottom and realizes what kind of sacrifices he might have to make to get back up.
1961 USA. Director: Robert Rossen. Starring: Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil
A big favorite at Row Three, a documentary about an influential but never very famous metal band trying to make a comeback and win their audience – I STILL have not seen it, but now hopefully that’ll change.
2008 Canada. Director: Sacha Gervasi. Starring: Robb Reiner, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni.

The Fly [6/1] Cronenberg’s remake of the cult classic, which many say is even better than the original. I missed it last time it was on Instant, but I love the 1958 version, so if this one is better, sign me up.
1986 USA. Director: David Cronenberg. Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis.

Diary of a Lost Girl [6/1] One of a couple of films Pabst made with style-setter Louise Brooks, and one that’s been on my list since I started getting into silent film.
1929 Germany. Director: G.W. Pabst. Starring; Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp.

The Piano [6/1] I’m not generally a big Jane Campion fan, but this film works wonderfully, with Hunter a mute woman stuck between an arranged marriage to a wealthy but cruel landowner and the attentions of one of the plantation workers who encourages her self-expression through music. Anna Paquin won an Oscar as Hunter’s young daughter.
1993 Australia. Director: Jane Campion. Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin.

Les bonnes femmes [6/1] Not generally listed among the top-flight New Wave films, but this early Chabrol film captures the hanging-out vibe of the movement perfectly, following four disparate shop girls around Paris.
1960 France. Director: Claude Chabrol. Starring: Stéphane Audran, Bernadette Lafont, Lucile Saint-Simon, Clotilde Joano.

OTHER INSTANT WATCHES

Accident (1967 UK, dir Joseph Losey, stars Dirk Bogarde, Jacqueline Sassard) [6/1] Bananas (1971 USA, dir Woody Allen, stars Woody Allen, Louise Lasser) [6/1] The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949 USA, dir Preston Sturges, stars Betty Grable, Cesar Romero) [6/1] Blood & Wine (1996 USA, dir Bob Rafelson, stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Judy Davis) [6/1] The Bodyguard (1992 USA, dir Mick Jackson, stars Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston) [6/1] Born to Be Bad (1934 USA, dir Lowell Sherman, stars Loretta Young, Cary Grant) [6/1] Bowling for Columbine (2002 USA, dir Michael Moore) [6/1] The Crow: City of Angels (1996 USA, dir Tim Pope, stars Vincent Perez, Mia Kirshner) [6/1] The Desert Fox (1951 USA, dir Henry Hathaway, stars James Mason, Jessica Tandy) [6/1] Dr. Dolittle (1998 USA, dir Betty Thomas, stars Eddie Murphy, Oliver Platt) [6/1] The Edge (1997 USA, dir Lee Tamahori, stars Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin) [6/1] A Farewell to Arms (1957 USA, dir Charles Vidor, stars Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones) [6/1] Hackers (1995 USA, dir Iain Softley, stars Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie) [6/1] Harry Brown (2009 UK, dir Daniel Barber, stars Michael Caine, David Bradley, Emily Mortimer) [6/1] House of Strangers (1949 USA, dir Joseph L. Mankiewicz, stars Edward G. Robinson, Richard Conte) [6/1] The Importance of Being Earnest (2002 UK, dir Oliver Parker, stars Rupert Everett, Colin Firth) [6/1] Important Things with Demetri Martin: Season 2 (2010 USA, stars Demetri Martin)
Killers (2010 USA, dir Robert Luketic, stars Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher) [6/1] Lebanon (2009 Israel, dir Samuel Maoz) [6/1] A Life Less Ordinary (1997 USA, dir Danny Boyle, stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz) [6/1] The Long Hot Summer (1958 USA, dir Martin Ritt, stars Paul Newman, Orson Welles) [6/1] Marlene (1984 Germany, dir Maximilian Schell, stars Marlene Dietrich) [6/1] 9 to 5 (1980 USA, dir Colin Higgins, stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton) [6/1] One from the Heart (1982 USA, dir Francis Ford Coppola, stars Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr) [6/1] The Pit and the Pendulum (1961 USA, dir Roger Corman, stars Vincent Price, John Kerr) [6/1] The Red Violin (1998 Canada/Italy/UK, dir Frnacois Girard, stars Samuel L. Jackson, Irene Grazioli) [6/1] The Return of the Pink Panther (1975 UK, dir Blake Edwards, stars Peter Sellers) [6/1] Revenge of the Nerds (1984 USA, dir Jeff Canew, stars Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards) [6/1] The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 3 (2010 USA, stars Sarah Silverman)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961 UK, dir Karel Reisz, stars Albert Finney) [6/1] The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969 USA, dir Stanley Kramer, stars Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani) [6/1] S1m0ne (2002 USA, dir Andrew Niccol, stars Al Pacino, Catherine Keener)
Sons and Lovers (1960 UK, dir Jack Cardiff, stars Dean Stockwell, Trevor Howard, Wendy Hiller) [6/1] Takers (2010 USA, dir John Luessenhop, stars Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen)
Vincent and Theo (1990 USA, dir Robert Altman, stars Tim Roth, Paul Rhys) [6/1] A Walk on the Moon (1999 USA, dir Tony Goldwyn, stars Viggo Mortensen, Diane Lane) [6/1] The Way of the Gun (2000 USA, dir Christopher MacQuarrie, stars Benicio Del Toro, Ryan Phillippe) [6/1] The Wedding Banquet (1993 Taiwan/USA, dir Ang Lee, stars Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein) [6/1] What’s New Pussycat? (1965 UK, dir Clive Donner, stars Peter O’Toole, Peter Sellers) [6/1] The Yards (2000 USA, dir James Gray, stars Mark Wahlberg, James Caan) [6/1]

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ISTANT WATCH EXPIRING PICKS


A lot of the Nickelodeon cartoons and some of the Comedy Central series that were due to expire on the 29th are no longer marked for expiration, so apparently Netflix re-upped most of those deals. The chunk of Criterion films is still expiring on 5/26, and all the James Bond movies are now set to expire on 6/1. I’ve separated out my most recommended ones in each section by displaying their posters, but many of the others are excellent as well. Hover over the images to see title and date of expiration.

Criterion (all 5/26)

Ballad of a Soldier (1959 USSR, dir Grigori Chukhrai, stars Vladimir Ivashov)
Bed and Board (1970 France, dir François Truffaut, stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade)
Black Orpheus (1959 Brazil, dir Marcel Camus, stars Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn)
Branded to Kill (1967 Japan, dir Seijun Suzuki, stars Joe Shishido, Mariko Ogawa)
Burden of Dreams (1982 USA, dir Wes Blank, stars Werner Herzog)
Eyes Without a Face (1959 France, dir Georges Franju, stars Pierre Brassuer, Edith Scob)
Grey Gardens (1975 USA, dir Albert & David Maysles)
Harlan County, U.S.A (1976 USA, dir Barbara Kopple)
Hearts and Minds (1974 USA, dir Peter Davis)
Knife in the Water (1962 Poland, dir Roman Polanski, stars Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka)
Le jetee (1961 France, dir Chris Marker, stars Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain)
Lord of the Flies (1963 UK, dir Peter Brook, stars James Aubrey, Tom Chapin)
A Nos Amours (1983 France, dir Maurice Pialet, stars Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialet)
Ratcatcher (1999 UK, dir Lynne Ramsey, stars William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan)
Sans Soleil (1982 France, dir Chris Marker, stars Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940 UK, dir Michael Powell etc., stars Conrad Veidt, Sabu)

Movies

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009 USA, dir ???, stars Julius Shulman) [5/25] Porcile (1969 Italy, dir Pier Paolo Pasolini, stars Franco Citti, Pierre Clémenti) [5/25] Yentl (1983 USA, dir Barbra Streisand, stars Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin) [5/25] Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009 USA, dir Kenny Ortega) [5/26] Sleepless in Seattle (1993 USA, dir Nora Ephron, stars Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks) [5/26] Look Who’s Talking (1989 USA, dir Amy Heckerling, stars Bruce Willis, John Travolta) [5/27] The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964 Italy, dir Pier Paolo Pasolini, stars Mario Socrate, Susanna Pasolini) [5/29] Desk Set (1957 USA, dir Walter Lang, stars Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn) [5/30] ABC Africa (2002 Iran, dir Abbas Kiarostami) [5/31] Bandolero! (1968 USA, dir Andrew V. McLaglen, stars James Stewart, Dean Martin) [5/31] The Fly (1958 USA, dir Kurt Neumann, stars Vincent Price, David Hedison, Patricia Owens) [5/31] There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954 USA, dir Walter Lang, stars Marilyn Monroe) [5/31] Night and the City (1950 UK, dir Jules Dassin, stars Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney) [5/31] Stormy Weather (1943 USA, dir Andrew Stone, stars Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson) [5/31] Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958 USA, dir Nathan Juran, stars Allison Hayes, Roy Gordon) [6/1] Batman Forever (1995 USA, dir Joel Schumacher, stars Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman) [6/1] Blood: The Last Vampire (2000 Japan, dir Hiroyuki Kitakubo, stars Youki Kudoh, Saemi Nakamura) [6/1] Bollywod/Hollywood (2002 India, dir Deepa Mehta, stars Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray) [6/1] The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990 USA, dir Brian DePalma, stars Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks) [6/1] Broken English (2007 USA, dir Zoe R. Cassavetes, stars Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud) [6/1] Bubble (2006 USA, dir Steven Soderbergh, stars Dustin James Ashley, Debbie Doebereiner) [6/1] Cashback (2006 UK, dir Sean Ellis, stars Shaun Evans, Emilia Fox) [6/1] Cat People (1982 USA, dir Paul Schrader, stars Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell) [6/1] The Cotton Club (1984 USA, dir Francis Ford Coppola, stars Richard Gere, Gregory Hines) [6/1] Dances with Wolves (1990 USA, dir Kevin Costner, stars Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell) [6/1] Dead Man’s Shoes (2004 USA, dir Shane Meadows, stars Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch) [6/1] Death to Smoochy (2002 USA, dir Danny DeVito, stars Robin Williams, Edward Norton) [6/1] Diamonds are Forever (1971 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Sean Connery, Jill St. John) [6/1] District B13 (2004 USA, dir Pierre Morel, stars Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle) [6/1] Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005 USA, dir Dario Argento, stars Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti) [6/1] Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 USA, dir Alex Gibney, stars Peter Coyote, Gray Davis) [6/1] Fay Grim (2006 USA, dir Hal Hartley, stars Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum) [6/1] Fellini’s Casanova (1976 Italy, dir Federico Fellini, stars, Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont) [6/1] A Fish Called Wanda (1988 USA, dir Charles Crichton, stars John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis) [6/1] For Your Eyes Only (1981 UK, dir John Glen, stars Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet) [6/1] Ghost in the Shell (1995 Japan, dir Mamoru Oshii, stars Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka) [6/1] Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2004 Japan, creator Mamoru Oshii, stars Atsuko Tanaka) [6/1] Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964 Japan, dir Ishirô Honda, stars Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi) [6/1] Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956 Japan, dir Ishirô Honda, stars Raymond Burr, Takeshi Shimura) [6/1] Happy Gilmore (1996 USA, dir Dennis Dugan, stars Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald) [6/1] Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 USA, dir Philip Kaufman, stars Donald Sutherland) [6/1] The Killing Fields (1984 UK, dir Roland Joffé stars Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor) [6/1] Licence to Kill (1989 UK, dir John Glen, stars Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi) [6/1] Live and Let Die (1973 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Roger Moore, Jane Seymour) [6/1] The Living Daylights (1987 UK, dir John Glen, stars Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo) [6/1] The Man with the Golden Gun (1975 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Roger Moore, Christopher Lee) [6/1] Moonraker (1979 UK, dir Lewis Gilbert, stars Roger Moore, Lois Chiles) [6/1] The Naked Spur (1953 USA, dir Anthony Mann, stars James Stewart, Janet Leigh) [6/1] Never Say Never Again (1983 UK, dir Irvin Kershner, stars Sean Connery, Kim Basinger) [6/1] Ninja Scroll (1995 Japan, dir Yoshiaki Kawajiri) [6/1] No Way Out (1987 USA, dir Roger Donaldson, stars Kevin Costner, Sean Young) [6/1] Octopussy (1984 UK, dir John Glen, stars Roger Moore, Maud Adams) [6/1] On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969 UK, dir Peter Hunt, stars George Lazenby, Diana Rigg) [6/1] Ong-bak: The Thai Warrior (2003 Thailand, dir Prachya Pinkaew, stars Tony Jaa) [6/1] The Pledge (2001 USA, dir Sean Penn, stars Jack Nicholson, Dale Dickey) [6/1] Pulse (2001 USA, dir Kiyoshi Kurosawa, stars Kumiko Aso, Koyuki) [6/1] Roger and Me (1989 USA, dir Michael Moore) [6/1] Rumble in the Bronx (1995 Hong Kong, dir Stanley Tong, stars Jackie Chan, Anita Mui) [6/1] Severence (2006 UK, dir Christopher Smith, stars Toby Stephens, Laura Harris) [6/1] The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 UK, dir Lewis Gilbert, stars Roger Moore, Barbara Bach) [6/1] The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 USA, dir Norman Jewison, stars Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway) [6/1] Thunderball (1965 UK, dir Terence Young, stars Sean Connery, Claudine Auger) [6/1] Ulee’s Gold (1997 USA, dir Victor Nunez, stars Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson) [6/1] A View to a Kill (1985 UK, dir John Glen, stars Roger Moore, Christopher Walken) [6/1] Waterworld (1995 USA, dir Kevin Reynolds, Kevin Costner, stars Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper) [6/1] You Only Live Twice (1967 UK, dir Lewis Gilbert, stars Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi) [6/1] The Prince and the Showgirl (1957 USA, dir Laurence Olivier, stars Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe) [6/6] Teeth (2006 USA, dir Mitchell Lichtenstein, stars Jess Weixler, Josh Pais) [6/6] Good Will Hunting (1997 USA, dir Gus Van Sant, stars Matt Damon, Robin Williams) [6/7] Becket (1964 UK, dir Peter Glenville, stars Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton) [6/9] Spider Baby (1964 USA, dir Jack Hill, stars Lon Chaney Jr, Carol Ohmart) [6/9] Meet John Doe (1941 USA, dir Frank Capra, stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck) [6/10]

Television

MST3K: Monster a Go-Go (1993 USA, stars Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy) [5/25] MST3K: Secret Agent, Super Dragon (1993 USA, stars Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy) [5/25] MST3K: The Giant Gila Monster (1992 USA, stars Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy) [5/25] MST3K: The Rebel Set (1992 USA, stars Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy) [5/25] MST3K: The Starfighters (1994 USA, stars Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson) [5/25]

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  • Instant Watch releases are not always 100% accurate – often the data from the API is not fully accurate until the actual day of release. I always check on release day to make sure things actually do hit Instant Watch, but for things that come out later than Tuesday when I publish this post, I won’t be able to tell.
  • Instant Watch expirations are not always 100% accurate – sometimes they don’t expire after all, sometimes things expire with little advance warning. I always check to make sure the data is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish the post, but things could still change, especially since I’m giving expiration warnings up to two weeks in advance.
  • I rely on Box Office Mojo and InstantWatcher for the majority of the data for these posts, so thank you to them for the work they do.
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antho42
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The new Solaris cover is terrible. From time to time Criterion drops the ball on their cover. At least they are restoring the original blue tinted scenes.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Wowsers, good call Antho, that cover (at first glance) looks pretty lazy and uninspired for the usually spot-on folks at Criterion. Loved the previous cover they had:

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Bob Turnbull
Admin

Hmmm, I don’t actually mind the Solaris cover that much (don’t love it, but don’t hate it). Here’s the designer’s comments about his process in creating it. Though I prefer the aesthetics of some of his earlier designs (not to mention the polish posters he includes at the top of his post), I can’t deny his desire to incorporate both the image of Hari as well as the concept of reflections within the design.