DVD Triage: The Wrath of 21 Artists

Trying a new thing with the title this week, instead of just the boring old date. Kinda silly, but yeah. There are quite a few releases this week, both new and catalog, big name and festival faves. Oscar films are out in force with both The Artist and foreign film nominee Bullhead making their way to DVD and Blu-ray. Meanwhile, Criterion has some tasty new Blu-rays, and small distributor Olive is making marks with two difficult-to-find Jean-Luc Godard films.

New Release Picks of the Week

The Artist
Last year’s Oscar winner and a pretty big favorite around here, too – I know I couldn’t manage to resist its old-fashioned charm and homage to the silent film era. Simply a lovely and adorable film.
2011 France. Director: Michel Hazanavicius. Starring: Jean Dujardin, Béatrice Bejo, John Goodman, James Woods.

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
A very long, slow burn, but one that ended up sticking with me far longer than a lot of festival films do. The mystery isn’t the point here, the character interactions are, and they unfold with a subtlety (and sly humor) I didn’t expect, but very much appreciated.
2011 Turkey. Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Starring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel.

Other New Releases

Christopher Nolan Director’s Collection Blu-ray (includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento, Insomnia)
Damages: Season 4 (2012 USA, stars Glenn Close, Rose Byrne)
The Decoy Bride (2012 UK, dir Sheree Folkson, stars David Tennant)
Oranges and Sunshine (2010 UK, dir Jim Loach, stars Emily Watson)
The Perfect Family (2011 USA, dir Anne Renton, stars Emily Deschanel)
Sector 7 (2011 South Korea, dir Kim Ji-Hoon, stars Ha Ji-Won)
A Thousand Words (2012 USA, dir Brian Robbins, stars Eddie Murphy, Allison Janney)
Sound of Noise (2012 Sweden, dir Johannes Stjarne Nilsson, stars Bengt Nilsson)

Catalog Pick of the Week

The 39 Steps Criterion
With the news of the ggiant Hitchcock Blu-ray box set coming in September, I’d almost forgotten that Criterion was doing their own Blu-ray upgrade of one of the master’s best British films. A great combination of mystery and humor, this is definitely one I’d like to revisit soon.
1935 UK. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft.

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Other Catalog Releases

The Hangman (1959 USA, dir Michael Curtiz, stars Robert Taylor)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Year 7 (2008 USA, stars Vincent D’Onofrio)
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936 USA, dir John Cromwell, stars Mickey Rooney)
Love in a Cold Climate (1980 UK, stars Judi Dench, Michael Williams)
The Night of the Grizzly (1966 USA, dir Joseph Pevney, stars Clint Walker)
The Spirit is Willing (1967 USA, dir William Castle, stars Sid Caesar)
Springtime in the Sierras (1947 USA, dir William Witney, stars Roy Rogers)
Tales that Witness Madness (1973 USA, dir Freddie Francis, stars Kim Novak)
TCM’s Greatest Classic Legends: Humphrey Bogart (includes They Drive by Night, Across the Pacific, Passage to Marseilles, Action in the North Atlantic)
TCM’s Greatest Classic Legends: Joan Crawford (includes Humoresque, Mildred Pierce, The Damned Don’t Cry, Possessed)
TCM’s Greatest Classic Legends: Kirk Douglas (includes Young Man with a Horn, The Bad and the Beautiful, Lust for Life, Before I Forget)
TCM’s Greatest Gangsters: Humphrey Bogart (includes The Petrified Forest, High Sierra, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, All Through the Night)

Instant Watch Pick of the Week

Hellboy
I totally didn’t expect much when I first saw Hellboy, and I certainly didn’t expect it to be as good as it is, which is very good. Del Toro is simply fantastic at genre films like this, and offbeat (but perfect) casting serves him well here, too.
2004 USA. Director: Guillermo Del Toro. Starring: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans.

Other Instant Watch Releases

Amador (2010 Spain, dir Fernando Leon de Aranoa, stars Magaly Solier)
The Mighty Macs (2009 USA, dir Tim Chambers, stars Carla Gugino)
On a Clear Day (2005 UK, dir Gaby Dellal, stars Peter Mullan)
Skins: Vol. 6 (2012 UK, stars Will Merrick)
Young Goethe in Love (2010 Germany, dir Philipp Stölzi, stars Alexander Fehling)

Expiring Picks of the Week

I pretty much left the featured expirations the same from last week, since they all expire on the 30th or 1st, but do check out the text list, which has a lot of expirations held over from last week, but also a bunch more added today, including a whole bunch of foreign films expiring on July 9th.

Red Planet Mars (1952 USA< dir Harry Horner, stars Peter Graves) [6/28]
The Air I Breathe (2008 USA, dir Jieho Lee, stars Kevin Bacon) [6/30]
Bad Lieutenant (1992 USA, dir Abel Ferrera, stars Harvey Keitel) [6/30]
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949 USA, dir Preston Sturges, stars Betty Grable) [6/30]
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007 USA, dir Sidney Lumet, stars Ethan Hawke) [6/30]
D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956 USA, dir William Mace, stars Robert Taylor) [6/30]
The Desert Fox (1951 USA, dir Henry Hathaway, stars James Mason) [6/30]
The Edge of Love (2008 USA, dir John Maybury, stars Keira Knightley) [6/30]
The Edge (1997 USA, dir Lee Tamahori, stars Anthony Hopkins) [6/30]
A Farewell to Arms (1957 USA, dir Charles Vidor, stars Jennifer Jones) [6/30]
The General (1998 UK, dir John Boorman, stars Brendan Gleeson) [6/30]
Incendiery (2008 USA, dir Sharon Maguire, stars Michelle Williams) [6/30]
Into the Woods (1990 USA, stars Bernadette Peters) [6/30]
Jass on a Summer’s Day (1960 USA, dir Bert Stern, stars Louis Armstrong, et al) [6/30]
Permanent Midnight (1998 USA, dir David Veloz, stars Ben Stiller) [6/30]
River’s Edge (1986 USA, dir Tim Hunter, stars Crispin Glover) [6/30]
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 USA, dir Marina Zenovich) [6/30]
The Rules of Attraction (2002 USA, dir Roger Avary, stars James Van Der Beek) [6/30]
Serpico (1973 USA, dir Sidney Lumet, stars Al Pacino) [6/30]
Sons and Lovers (1960 UK, dir Jack Cardiff, stars Trevor Howard) [6/30]
The Vicious Kind (2009 USA, dir Lee Toland Krieger, stars Adam Scott) [6/30]
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950 USA, dir Otto Preminger, stars Dana Andrew) [6/30]
9 1/2 Weeks (1986 USA, dir Adrian Lyne, stars Kim Basinger) [7/1]
The Accidental Tourist (1988 USA, dir Lawrence Kasdan, stars William Hurt) [7/1]
Amadeus (1984 USA, dir Milos Forman, stars F. Murray Abraham) [7/1]
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944 USA, dir Frank Capra, stars Cary Grant) [7/1]
Arthur (1981 USA, dir Steve Gordon, stars Dudley Moore) [7/1]
Auntie Mame (1958 USA, dir Morton DaCosta, stars Rosalind Russell) [7/1]
The Avengers (1998 USA, dir Jeremiah S. Chechik, stars Ralph Fiennes) [7/1]
Battlefield Earth (2000 USA, dir Roger Christian, stars John Travolta) [7/1]
Broadway Danny Rose (1984 USA, dir Woody Allen, stars Woody Allen) [7/1]
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958 USA, dir Richard Brooks, star Paul Newman) [7/1]
Chariots of Fire (1981 USA, dir Hugh Hudson, stars Ian Charleston) [7/1]
Charlotte Gray (2001 UK, dir Gillian Armstrong, stars Cate Blanchett) [7/1]
Creepshow (1982 USA, dir George A. Romero, stars Adrienne Barbeau) [7/1]
Delicatessen (1991 USA, dir Jean-Pierre Jenuet, Marc Caro, stars Dominique Pinon) [7/1]
Demolition Man (1993 USA, dir Marco Brambilla, stars Sylvester Stallone) [7/1]
Dial M for Murder (1954 USA, dir Alfred Hitchcock, stars Grace Kelly) [7/1]
Diner (1982 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Steve Guttenberg) [7/1]
Dirty Dancing (1987 USA, dir Emile Ardolino, stars Patrick Swayze) [7/1]
Disclosure (1994 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Michael Douglas) [7/1]
Doc Hollywood (1991 USA, dir Michael Caton-Jones, stars Michael J. Fox) [7/1]
Doctor Zhivago (1965 USA, dir David Lean, stars Omar Sharif) [7/1]
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995 USA, dir Mel Brooks, stars Leslie Neilsen) [7/1]
Driving Miss Daisy (1989 USA, dir Bruce Beresford, stars Jessica Tandy) [7/1]
Dumb and Dumber (1994 USA, dir Bobby & Peter Farrelly, stars Jim Carrey) [7/1]
The Electric Horseman (1979 USA, dir Sydney Pollack, stars Robert Redford) [7/1]
Empire Records (1995 USA, dir Allan Moyle, stars Anthony Lapaglia) [7/1]
Enter the Dragon (1973 Hong Kong, dir Robert Clouse, stars Bruce Lee) [7/1]
Every Which Way But Loose (1978 USA, dir James Fargo, stars Clint Eastwood) [7/1]
The Exorcist (1973 USA, dir William Friedkin, stars Ellen Burstyn) [7/1]
Far from Heaven (2002 USA, dir Todd Haynes, stars Julianne Moore) [7/1]
The Fly (1958 USA, dir Kurt Neumann, stars Vincent Price) [7/1]
Free Willy (1993 USA, dir Simon Wincer, Jayne Atkinson, stars Jason James Richter) [7/1]
Ghostbusters 2 (1989 USA, dir Ivan Reitman, stars Bill Murray) [7/1]
Giant (1956 USA, dir George Stevens, stars Rock Hudson) [7/1]
The Gleaners and I (2000 France, dir Agnes Varda) [7/1]
Hombre (1967 USA, dir Martin Ritt, stars Paul Newman) [7/1]
Howards End (1992 USA, dir James Ivory, stars Emma Thompson) [7/1]
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964 USA, dir Arthur Lubin, stars Don Knotts) [7/1]
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958 USA, dir Mark Robson, stars Ingrid Bergman) [7/1]
Interview with the Vampire (1994 USA, dir Neil Jordan, stars Brad Pitt) [7/1]
Jan Svankmajer: The Ossuary and Other Tales (1964 Czechoslovakia, dir Jan Svankmajer) [7/1]
Kagemusha (1990 Japan, dir Akira Kurosawa, stars Tatsuya Nakadai) [7/1]
Krull (1983 USA, dir Peter Yates, stars Ken Marshall) [7/1]
A Little Princess (1995 USA, dir Alfonso Cuaron, stars Liesel Matthews) [7/1]
A Little Shop of Horrors (1986 USA, dir Frank Oz, stars Rick Moranis) [7/1]
The Lost Boys (1987 USA, dir Joel Schumacher, stars Jason Patric) [7/1]
March of the Penguins (2004 France, dir Luc Jacquet) [7/1]
Memento (2000 USA, dir Christopher Nolan, stars Guy Pearce) [7/1]
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993 USA, dir Chris Columbus, stars Robin Williams) [7/1]
Pay It Forward (2000 USA, dir Mimi Leder, stars Kevin Spacey) [7/1]
Peeping Tom (1960 UK, dir Michael Powell, stars Carl Boehm) [7/1]
The Pledge (2001 USA, dir Sean Penn, stars Jack Nicholson) [7/1]
Presumed Innocent (1990 USA, dir Alan J. Pakula, stars Harrison Ford) [7/1]
Risky Business (1983 USA, dir Paul Brickman, stars Tom Cruise) [7/1]
Rob Roy (1995 USA, dir Michael Caton-Jones, stars Liam Neeson) [7/1]
Romeo Must Die (2000 USA, dir Andrzej Bartkowiak, stars Jet Li) [7/1]
The Rookie (1990 USA, dir Clint Eastwood, stars Clint Eastwood) [7/1]
Sense and Sensibility (1995 USA, dir Ang Lee, stars Emma Thompson) [7/1]
Space Cowboys (2000 USA, dir Clilnt Eastwood, stars Clint Eastwood) [7/1]
Species (1995 USA, dir Roger Donaldson, stars Natasha Henstridge) [7/1]
Sphere (1998 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Dustin Hoffman) [7/1]
Superman II (1980 USA, dir Richard Donner, stars Christopher Reeve) [7/1]
Ten (2002 Iran, dir Abbas Kiarostami, stars Mania Akbari) [7/1]
Tequila Sunrise (1988 USA, dir Robert Towne, stars Mel Gibson) [7/1]
There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954 USA, dir Walter Lang, stars Marilyn Monroe) [7/1]
Top Gun (1986 USA, dir Tony Scott, stars Tom Cruise) [7/1]
Trick ‘r Treat (2008 USA, dir Michael Dougherty, stars Michael Dougherty) [7/1]
Under Suspicion (2000 USA, dir Stephen Hopkins, stars Gene Hackman) [7/1]
A Very Long Engagement (2000 France, dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet, stars Audrey Tautou) [7/1]
Videodrome (1983 Canada, dir David Cronenberg, stars James Woods) [7/1]
We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004 USA, dir John J. Curran, stars Mark Ruffalo) [7/1]
Welcome to Collinwood (2002 USA, dir Anthony & Joe Russo, stars William H. Macy) [7/1]
Your Friends and Neighbors (1998 USA, dir Neil LaBute, stars Jason Patric) [7/1]
Six Degrees of Separation (1993 USA, dir Fred Schepisi, stars Stockard Channing) [7/2]
The Unusuals: Season 1 (2009 USA, stars Amber Tamblyn, Jeremy Renner) [7/6]
The Official Story (1985 Argentina, dir Luis Puenzo, stars Héctor Alterio) [7/7]
A Room with a View (1986 UK, dir James Ivory, stars Helena Bonham Carter) [7/7]
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005 USA, dir Rebecca Miller, stars Daniel Day-Lewis) [7/9]
The Baxter (2005 USA, dir Michael Showalter, stars Michael Showalter) [7/9]
Casa de los Babys (2003 USA, dir John Sayles, stars Maggie Gyllenhaal) [7/9]
A Christmas Tale (2008 France, dir Arnaud Desplechin, stars Jean-Paul Roussillon) [7/9]
The Duchess of Langeais (2007 France, dir Jacques Rivette, stars Guillaume Depardieu) [7/9]
Flight of the Red Balloon (2007 France, dir Hou Hsiao-hsien, stars Juliette Binoche) [7/9]
A Girl Cut in Two (2007 France, dir Claude Chabrol, stars Ludivine Sagnier) [7/9]
Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007 USA, dir Joe Swanberg, stars Greta Gerwig) [7/9]
Jar City (2006 Iceland, dir Balthasar Kormakur, stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson) [7/9]
The Last Mistress (2007 France, dir Catherine Breillat, stars Asia Argento) [7/9]
Mad Detective (2007 Hong Kong, dir Johnny To, stars Ching Wan Lau) [7/9]
The Man from London (2007 Hungary, dir Béla Tarr, stars Tilda Swinton) [7/9]
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005 USA, dir Miranda July, stars Miranda July) [7/9]
My Best Friend (2007 France, dir Patrice Leconte, stars Daniel Auteuil) [7/9]
My Winnipeg (2007 Canada, dir Guy Maddin, stars Ann Savage) [7/9]
Paranoid Park (2007 USA, dir Gus Van Sant, stars Gabe Nevins) [7/9]
The Saddest Music in the World (2003 Canada, Guy Maddin, stars Isabella Rossellini) [7/9]
Savage Grace (2007 USA, dir Tom Kalin, stars Julianne Moore) [7/9]
The Secret of the Grain (2007 France, dir Abdel Kechiche, stars Habib Boufares) [7/9]

See all expiring titles.

2 comments

  1. Once again Canada wins on the boxart front.

    I was actually considering ordering The Artist from Amazon.com (because it’s about $5 cheaper than what it’s going for in Canada), but the box art looks lame in comparison to the Canadian release, which is actually based on the poster for the film.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81np7SZ2Y8L._AA1500_.jpg

    • That’s definitely classier. I don’t hate the US version, though – it’s a scene from the film, and kind of looks old-fashioned. It’s not just floating headshots or anything like that.

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