DVD Triage: Week of Sep 20

Only one major new release this week, but there’s some good classic stuff and a ton of procedural TV shows on DVD this week. Plus a few new Instant Watches, but look out for the month-turnover expirations. There are a bunch of them, including all the Bond films (yes, I know they just got added…grrr), a bunch of Miramax films, and a smattering of Kubrick films.

New Release Pick of the Week

Bridesmaids
I personally avoided Bridesmaids because of its Apatow association, but I was clearly a minority, as the film was embraced by critics and moviegoers alike. Maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days.
2011 USA. Director: Paul Feig. Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

OTHER NEW RELEASES
Bride Flight (2008 Netherlands, dir Ben Sombogaart, stars Karina Smulders; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The Kennedys (2011 USA, dir Jon Cassar, stars Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The River Murders (2011 USA, dir Rich Cowan, stars Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames; Netflix)
Secrets in the Walls (2010 USA, dir Christopher Leitch, stars Jeri Ryan; Netflix)
Set Up (2011 USA, dir Mike Gunther, stars Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The Sword with No Name (2009 South Korea, dir Kim Yong-Gyun, stars Soo-Ae; Netflix)
Tajomaru: Avenging Blade (2009 Japan, dir Hiroyuki Nakano, stars Hiroki Matsukata; Netflix)

Classic / Older Picks of the Week

Dumbo
One of Disney’s most slight and charming features (racist crows aside), hitting special edition DVD and Blu-ray this week.
1941 USA. Director: Ben Sharpsteen. Starring: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray/DVD | Netflix

Le beau serge and Les cousins Criterion
Claude Chabrol’s first two films, neither of which I’ve seen, both of which I unsurprisingly want to. Based on the little I’ve read, sounds like he hadn’t quite settled into his tendency toward suspense thrillers yet with these two.
1958/59 France. Director: Claude Chabrol. Starring: Gerard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy.
Le beau serge DVD / Blu-ray / Netflix | Les cousins DVD / Blu-ray / Netflix

Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
Ooh, now this looks interesting. A collection of several features by major Soviet filmmakers like Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov (and many others) that aren’t as well known as, well, their well-known works. I’d love to check out this set.
1920-1930 USSR. Directed by Eisenstein, Vertov, Barnet, Kuleshov, etc.
Amazon DVD

OTHER CLASSIC / OLDER RELEASES
The Black Tent (1956 USA, dir Brian Desmond Hurst, stars Anthony Steel, Donald Sinden; Netflix)
The Devil Within Her (1976 USA, dir Peter Sasdy, stars Joan Collins, Donald Pleasence; Netflix)
The Inspector General: Collector’s Edition (1949 USA, dir Henry Koster, stars Danny Kaye; Netflix)
Vamp (1986 USA, dir Richard Wnk, stars Grace Jones, DeDee Pfieffer; Blu-ray/Netflix)

Blu-ray Pick of the Week

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
One of Hepburn’s most iconic roles as Holly Golightly, the swinging ’60s party girl hiding the mean reds underneath her carefree exterior, and indeed, one of the most iconic of all ’60s movies. And now with 100% more Blu-ray.
1961 USA. Director: Blake Edwards. Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard.
Amazon Blu-ray | Amazon DVD

OTHER BLU-RAY RELEASES
Casino Royale (1967 UK, dir John Huston, stars David Niven, Woody Allen)
Dead Heat (1988 USA, dir Mark Goldblatt, stars Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo; DVD)

Television Pick of the Week

Castle: Season 3
I can be a pushover for the right kind of procedural, and Castle‘s blend of suspense and humor, plus the presence of Nathan Fillion, makes it exactly the right kind of procedural.
2010 USA. Creator: Andrew W. Marlowe. Starring: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic.
Amazon DVD | Netflix

OTHER TELEVISION
Body of Proof: Season 1 (2010 USA, creator Chris Murphey, stars Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan; Netflix)
Happy Endings: Season 1 (2011 USA, creator David Caspe, stars Elisha Cuthbert; Netflix)
Hawaii Five-0: Season 11 (1978 USA, creator Leonard Freeman, stars Jack Lord; Netflix)
Hawaii Five-0: Season 1 (2010 USA, creator Leonard Freeman, stars Alex O’Loughlin; Netflix)
Law & Order: Los Angeles: Complete Series (2010 USA, creator Dick Wolf, stars Corey Stoll; Netflix)
The Mentalist: Season 3 (2010 USA, creator Bruno Heller, stars Simon Baker; Netflix)
Mike & Molly: Season 1 (2010 USA, creator Mark Roberts, stars Melissa McCarthy; Netflix)
Modern Family: Season 2 (2010 USA, creators Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, stars Julie Bowen; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Raising Hope: Season 1 (2010 USA, creator Gregory Thomas Garcia, stars Martha Plimpton; Netflix)

Instant Watch Picks of the Week

The Housemaid
Whacked out Korean movies are becoming a thing for me, and this domestic thriller of a romantic (?) triangle between a man, his very pregnant wife, and their new housemaid fits the bill nicely.
2011 South Korea. Director: Sang-soo Im. Starring Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee.

Goldfinger
The first three James Bond films weren’t among the chunk of Bond films put on Instant a few weeks ago. The good news: now they are. The bad news: ALL the Bond films will expire in just two weeks, on October 1st.
1964 UK. Director: Guy Hamilton. Starring: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman.

This Movie is Broken
A sort-of concert film, a sort of indie narrative film, but according to reports, whatever it is, it’s pretty great. Broken Social Scene is one of my favorite bands, so I’ve been looking forward to a chance to see this for a long time.
2010 Canada. Director: Bruce McDonald. Starring: Broken Social Scene, Greg Calderone, Georgina Reilly.

Potiche
François Ozon’s latest film, a satire on social norms, business, and the concept of trophy wives. Deneuve is always worth watching, and the supporting cast here is solid, too.
2010 France. Director: François Ozon. Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu.

The Wild Hunt
A Canadian film set in the world of LARPers (Live-Action Role Players) staging a medieval re-enactment that gets crashed by a non-player. It’s a favorite of the genre-film lovers at Row Three, which is enough to at least get me curious.
2009 Canada. Director: Alexandre Franchi. Starring: Mark A. Krupa, Ricky Mabe.

OTHER INSTANT WATCHES
Dr. No (1962 UK, dir Terence Young, stars Sean Connery, Ursula Andress)
From Russia with Love (1963 UK, dir Terence Young, stars Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi)
The Invention of Dr. NakaMats (2010 Japan, dir Kaspar Astrup Schroder, stars Yoshiro Nakamatsu)
Love, Wedding, Marriage (2011 USA, dir Dermot Mulroney, stars Mandy Moore, Alyson Hannigan)
Middle Men (2009 USA, dir George Gallo, stars Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi)
Strange Powers: Stephin Merrit and the Magnetic Fields (2010 USA, dir Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara)
Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2010 USA, dir Craig Teper, stars Vidal Sassoon)

See all new and upcoming titles.

Instant Watch Expiring Picks

The Catherine Tate Show (2004-2006 UK, creator Derren Litten, stars Catherine Tate) [9/23] Doctor Who: The End of Time (2009 UK, creator: Russell T. Davies, stars David Tennant) [9/23] Gavin & Stacey (2007 UK, creator James Corden, Ruth Jones, stars Joanna Page) [9/23] Hyperdrive (2006 UK, creator Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, stars Nick Frost) [9/23] MI-5: Vols 6 & 7 (2007-2008 UK, creator David Wolstoncroft, stars Rupert Penry-Jones) [9/23] Red Dwarf: Series 9 (2009 UK, creator Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, stars Craig Charles) [9/23] Radio (2003 USA, dir Michael Tollin, stars Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr) [9/23] Séraphine (2008 France, dir Martin Provost, stars Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur) [9/23] Lynch (2007 USA, dir Søren Larsen, stars David Lynch) [9/26] The Quiet American (2002 USA, dir Phillip Noyce, stars Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser) [9/26] BloodRayne (2006 USA, dir Uwe Boll, stars Ben Kingsley, Kristanna Loken) [9/28] Inspector Gadget (1983 USA, creator Bruno Bianchi, stars Don Adams) [9/28] MST3K: Eegah! [9/28] MST3K: The Killer Shrews [9/28] MST3K: The Phantom Planet [9/28] MST3K: The Wild World of Batwoman [9/28] Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic (2005 USA, dir Liam Lynch, stars Sarah Silverman) [9/28] Shadowboxer (2005 USA, dir Lee Daniels, stars Stephen Dorff, Helen Mirren) [9/28] MST3K: First Spaceship on Venus [9/29] MST3K: Future War [9/29] MST3K: Laserblast [9/29] MST3K: Racket Girls [9/29] MST3K: The Girl in Lovers’ Lane [9/29] MST3K: The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy [9/29] MST3K: Werewolf [9/29] MST3K: Zombie Nightmare [9/29] The Naked Civil Servant (1975 UK, dir Jack Gold, stars John Hurt, Quentin Crisp) [9/29] Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (2003 USA, dir Matthew Longfellow) [9/29] Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989 Japan, dir Shinya Tsukamoto, stars Tomorowo Taguchi) [9/29] Triad Election (2001 Hong Kong, dir Johnnie To, stars Nai-Hoi Yau, Tin-Shing Yip) [9/29] The Basketball Diaries (1995 USA, dir Scott Kalvert, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ernie Hudson) [9/30] The Broken (2008 USA, dir Sean Ellis, stars Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins) [9/30] The Detective (1968 USA, dir Gordon Douglas, stars Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick) [9/30] Dragnet (1954 USA, dir Jack Webb, stars Jack Webb, Ben Alexander) [9/30] Halls of Montezuma (1950 USA, dir Lewis Milestone, stars Richard Widmark, Jack Palance) [9/30] In Like Flint (1967 USA, dir Gordon Douglas, stars James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb) [9/30] Roxie Hart (1942 USA, dir William A. Wellman, stars Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou) [9/30] Yellow Sky (1948 USA, dir William A. Wellman, stars Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter) [9/30] 1984 (1984 UK, dir Michael Radford, stars Richard Burton, John Hurt) [10/1] Anna and the King (1999 USA, dir Andy Tennant, stars Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat) [10/1] Blade 2 (2002 USA, dir Guillermo del Toro, stars Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman) [10/1] Cecil B. Demented (2000 USA, dir John Waters, stars Stephen Dorff, Melanie Griffith) [10/1] Center Stage (1999 USA, dir Nicholas Hytner, stars Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana) [10/1] De-Lovely (2004 USA, dir Irwin Winkler, stars Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd) [10/1] Dead Alive (1992 New Zealand, dir Peter Jackson, stars Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver) [10/1] Diamonds are Forever (1971 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Sean Connery, Jill St. John) [10/1] Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002 USA, dir Callie Khouri, stars Sandra Bullock) [10/1] Dr. No (1962 UK, dir Terence Young, stars Sean Connery, Ursula Andress) [10/1] Dreamcatcher (2003 USA, dir Lawrence Kasdan, stars Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane) [10/1] Fantastic Voyage (1966 USA, dir Richard Fleischer, stars Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch) [10/1] For Your Eyes Only (1981 UK, dir John Glen, stars Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet) [10/1] Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994 UK, dir Mike Newell, stars Hugh Grant) [10/1] From Russia With Love (1963 UK, dir Terence Young, stars Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi) [10/1] The Funeral (1996 USA, dir Abel Ferrara, stars Christopher Walken, Chris Penn) [10/1] Ghostbusters 2 (1989 USA, dir Ivan Reitman, stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd) [10/1] Goldfinger (1964 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Sean Connery, Honor Blackman) [10/1] Great Balls of Fire (1989 USA, dir Jim McBride, stars Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder) [10/1] Hounddog (2007 USA, dir Deborah Kampmeier, stars Dakota Fanning, David Morse) [10/1] Hudson Hawk (1991 USA, dir Michael Lehmann, stars Bruce Willis, Richard E. Grant) [10/1] The Hunt for Red October (1990 USA, dir John McTiernan, stars Sean Connery) [10/1] Imitation of Life (1959 USA, dir Douglas Sirk, stars Lana Turner, John Gavin) [10/1] Jakob the Liar (1999 USA, dir Peter Kassovitz, stars Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber) [10/1] Julia (1977 USA, dir Fred Zinnemann, stars Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards) [10/1] Licence to Kill (1989 UK, dir John Glen, stars Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi) [10/1] Live and Let Die (1973 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Roger Moore, Jane Seymour) [10/1] The Living Daylights (1987 UK, dir John Glen, stars Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo) [10/1] The Lone Hand (1953 USA, dir George Sherman, stars Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale) [10/1] Love Field (1991 USA, dir Jonathan Kaplan, stars Michelle Pfeifffer, Dennis Haysbert) [10/1] The Man with the Golden Gun (1975 UK, dir Guy Hamilton, stars Roger Moore) [10/1] Married to the Mob (1988 USA, dir Jonathan Demme, stars Michelle Pfeiffer) [10/1] Mercy: Season 1 (2009 USA, creator Liz Heldens, stars Taylor Schilling) [10/1] Moonraker (1979 UK, dir Lewis Gilbert, stars Roger Moore, Lois Chiles) [10/1] Moonstruck (1987 USA, dir Norman Jewison, stars Cher, Nicolas Cage) [10/1] Mulberry Street (2006 USA, dir Jim Mickle, stars Kim Blair, Bo Corre) [10/1] Octopussy (1984 UK, dir John Glen, stars Roger Moore, Maud Adams) [10/1] On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969 UK, dir Peter Hunt, stars George Lazenby) [10/1] Paper Heart (2009 USA, dir Nicholas Jasenovec, stars Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera) [10/1] Poltergeist (1982 USA, dir Tobe Hooper, stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) [10/1] Possession (2002 USA, dir Neil LaBute, stars Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam) [10/1] Proof of Life (2000 USA, dir Taylor Hackford, stars Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe) [10/1] Rain Man (1988 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise) [10/1] Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008 USA, dir Darren Lynn Bousman, stars Anthony Head) [10/1] River’s Edge (1986 USA, dir Tim Hunter, stars Cripsin Glover, Dennis Hopper) [10/1] Ronin (1998 USA, dir John Frankenheimer, stars Robert De Niro, Natascha McElhone) [10/1] She’s the One (1996 USA, dir Edward Burns, stars Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz) [10/1] The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 UK, dir Lewis Gilbert, stars Roger Moore, Barbara Bach) [10/1] Thunderball (1965 UK, dir Terence Young, stars Sean Connery, Claudine Auger) [10/1] A View to a Kill (1985 UK, dir John Glen, stars Roger Moore, Christopher Walken) [10/1] You Only Live Twice (1967 UK, dir Lewis Gilbert, stars Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi) [10/1]

See all expiring titles.

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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.
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