DVD Triage: Instant to the Rescue!

There is pretty much JACK SHIT in terms of New Releases this week, and not very much of interest in catalog releases, either aside from a few possibly-but-not-really interesting Blu-ray upgrades. So I exercised creative license and moved the Instant Watch section to the top, because they came through with first-of-the-month releases this time, and there are quite a few notable things to check out. Look further down for DVD releases, and still further for Instant Watch expirations, which are pretty much the same as last week.

Instant Watch Picks of the Week

12 Monkeys
This is pretty high on my personal to-see list, not least of which because I think I’ve already seen it and can’t remember a lick of it. But I’m a pretty big fan of the original short La Jetée, and Terry Gilliam doing a feature-length take on that idea can only be a good thing.
1995 USA. Director: Terry Gilliam. Starring: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer.

In the Mood for Love
There was actually just a conversation about this film as compared to other Wong Kar Wai films, and if you weren’t sure which side you came down on, here’s a chance to watch or rewatch it. Personally, I think this film is gorgeous and amazing, though I haven’t seen all of Wong’s filmography by a long shot.
2000 China. Director: Wong Kar Wai. Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung.

Once Upon a Time in the West
Man With No Trilogy notwithstanding, this is easily the Leone film I want to come back to most often, even if it’s just to drink in that opening scene one more time. A great villainous turn from Fonda doesn’t hurt at all, either.
1969 Italy. Director: Sergio Leone. Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudie Cardinale, Jason Robards.

Other Instant Watch Releases

The Affair of the Necklace (2001 USA, dir Charles Shyer, stars Hilary Swank)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965 USA, dir Carol Reed, stars Charlton Heston)
The Bad News Bears (1976 USA, dir Michael Ritchie, stars Walter Matthau)
Barefoot in the Park (1967 USA, dir Gene Saks, stars Robert Redford)
Basic (2003 USA, dir John McTiernan, stars John Travolta)
Big Bad Mama (1974 USA, dir Steve Carver, stars William Shatner)
Blood Work (2002 USA, dir Clint Eastwood, stars Clint Eastwood)
Blood: The Last Vampire (2009 Japan, dir Chris Nahon, stars Gianna Jun)
Boyz N the Hood (1991 USA, dir John Singleton, stars Cuba Gooding Jr)
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010 USA, dir Criag McCall)
City by the Sea (2002 USA, dir Michael Caton-Jones, stars Robert De Niro)
Daydream Nation (2010 USA, dir Michael Goldbach, stars Kat Dennings)
Donnie Brasco (1997 USA, dir Mike Newell, stars Al Pacino)
Eight Men Out (1988 USA, dir John Sayles, stars John Cusack)
Extreme Measures (1996 USA, dir Michael Apted, stars Hugh Grant)
The Far Pavilions (1984 UK, stars Ben Cross, Amy Irving)
The Fifth Element (1997 USA, dir Luc Besson, stars Milla Jovovich)
Flirting with Disaster (1996 USA, dir David O. Russell, stars Ben Stiller)
Grumpy Old Men (1993 USA, dir Donald Petrie, stars Jack Lemmon)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 USA, stars John Erwin)
Home Alone 3 (1997 USA, dir Raja Gosnell, stars Alex D. Linz)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978 USA, dir Meir Zarchi, stars Camille Keaton)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002 USA, dir Kathryn Bigelow, stars Harrison Ford)
L’auberge espagnole (2002 France, dir Cédric Klapisch, stars Romain Duris)
A League of Their Own (1992 USA, dir Penny Marshall, stars Tom Hanks)
Love and Death (1975 USA, dir Woody Allen, stars Woody Allen)
The Majestic (2001 USA, dir Frank Darabont, stars Jim Carrey)
My Perestroika (2010 USA/UK/Russia, dir Robin Hessman)
Poltergeist II (1986 USA, dir Brian Gibson, stars JoBeth Williams)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982 USA, dir Taylor Hackford, stars Richard Gere)
Radio Days (1987 USA, dir Woody Allen, stars Julie Kavner)
Red Dawn (1984 USA, dir John Milius, stars Patrick Swayze)
Red Planet Mars (1952 USA, dir Harry Horner, stars Peter Graves)
Reds (1981 USA, dir Warren Beatty, stars Warren Beatty)
The Rugrats Movie (1998 USA, dir Igor Kovalyov & Norton Virgien)
Saving Grace (2007-2009 USA, stars Holly Hunter)
She-Ra: Season 1 (1985 USA, stars Melendy Britt)
Sleeper (1973 USA, dir Woody Allen, stars Woody Allen)
The Square (2008 Australia, dir Nash Edgerton, stars David Roberts)
Stigmata (1999 USA, dir Rupert Wainwright, stars Patricia Arquette)
Superman: The Movie (1978 USA, dir Richard Donner, stars Christopher Reeve)
The Swell Season (2011 UK, dir Nick August-Perna, stars The Swell Season)
Syriana (2005 USA, dir Stephen Gaghan, stars George Clooney)
Thick as Thieves (1999 USA, dir Scott Sanders, stars Alec Baldwin)
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007 China, dir Wayne Wang, stars Henry O)
Undercover Blues (1993 USA, dir Herbert Ross, stars Kathleen Turner)
Urbanized (2011 USA, dir Gary Hustwit)
The Wedding Planner (2001 USA, dir Adam Shankman, stars Jennifer Lopez)

New DVD/Blu-ray Releases

The Forger (2012 USA, dir Lawrence Roeck, stars Josh Hutcherson)
The Hunter (2012 USA, dir Daniel Nettheim, stars Willem Dafoe)
Jesus Henry Christ (2012 USA, dir Dennis Lee, stars Toni Collette)

Catalog DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Becker: Season 4 (2001 USA, stars Ted Danson)
The Competition (1980 USA, dir Joel Oliansky, stars Richard Dreyfuss)
Django Kill…If you Live, Shoot! (1967 Italy, dir Giulio Questi, stars Tomas Milian)
The Entity (1982 USA, dir Sidney J. Furie, stars Barbara Hershey)
Escape in the Fog (1945 USA, dir Budd Boetticher, stars Nina Foch)
The Great Killing (1964 Japan, dir Eiichi Kudo, stars Mikijiro Hira)
Hamlet (1969 UK, dir Tony Richardson, stars Anthony Hopkins)
Home on the Range Blu-ray (2004 USA, dir Will Finn, John Sanford)
The Horse Whisperer Blu-ray (1998 USA, dir Robert Redford, stars Robert Redford)
Let Us Live (1939 USA, dir John Brahm, stars Maureen O’Sullivan)
The Mad Magician (1954 USA, dir John Brahm, stars Vincent Price)
Mannix: Season 7 (1974 USA, stars Mike Connors)
Night Court: Season 6 (1988 USA, stars John Larroquette)
Nightwatch (1997 USA, dir Ole Bornedal, star Ewan McGregor)
Phenomenon (1996 USA, dir John Turteltaub, stars John Travolta)
The Pirate Movie (1982 USA, dir Ken Annakin, stars Kristy McNichol)
Rocko’s Modern Life: Season 3 (1995 USA, stars Tom Kenny)
Six Pack (1982 USA, dir Daniel Petrie, stars Kenny Rogers)
Step-Up Blu-ray (2006 USA, dir Anne Fletcher, stars Channing Tatum)
Streets of San Francisco: Season 3 (1974 USA, stars Karl Malden)
Treasure Planet: 10th Anniverary Blu-ray (2002 USA, dir Ron Clements, John Musker)
Under the Tuscan Sun Blu-ray (2003 USA, dir Audrey Wells, stars Diane Lane)
White Sister (1972 Italy, dir Alberto Lattuada, stars Sophia Loren)

Expiring Instant Pick of the Week

My Winnipeg [7/9]
I’ve only started dipping my toes in the Guy Maddin waters, and so far I think his pseudo-documentary-memoir of growing up in Winnipeg is the most accessible film of his I’ve seen, while still retaining the experimental edge and primitive film aesthetic that he’s so well known for.
2007 Canada. Director: Guy Maddin. Starring: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage

Other Instant Watch Expirations

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]
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]
My Best Friend (2007 France, dir Patrice Leconte, stars Daniel Auteuil) [7/9]
Paranoid Park (2007 USA, dir Gus Van Sant, stars Gabe Nevins) [7/9]
The Saddest Music in the World (2003 Canada, dir 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. Don’t Look Now is back!? Nice. I was so bummed I missed it before. Also looking forward to finally checking out Goon as everyone said it’s not amazing but worth a watch (i.e. funny).

    • Yep! It’s definitely worth watching. Uh, I mean Don’t Look Now. I haven’t seen Goon, but I heard similar things as you, so figured it was worth a featured-cover spot.

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