DVD Triage: Margaret and Flynn Have an American Reunion

New Release Pick of the Week

After sitting on a shelf for some eight years, Margaret finally got a very limited release last year, and despite a muddled trailer and mixed reaction, a whole raft of critics have emerged acclaiming it as a masterpiece, albeit a flawed and messy one – this release is a longer and presumably more coherent director’s cut. I didn’t get out to see it myself, but I admit I’m fascinated by the story surrounding it.
2011 USA. Director: Kenneth Lonergan. Starring: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Allison Janney.

Other New Releases

Adventure Time: Season 1 (2010 USA, creator Pendleton Ward)
The Flowers of War (2012 China, dir Zhang Yimou, stars Christian Bale)
Senna Blu-ray (2010 UK, dir Asif Kapadia)

Catalog Pick of the Week

The Saphead
More Keaton from Kino, and that’s always a good thing. Here he’s the naive and spoiled son of a rich silver mine owner who must deal with his brother-in-law’s shady dealings in both personal and business spheres.
1920 USA. Director: Herbert Blanché, Winchell Smith. Starring: Buster Keaton, Irving Cummings, Carol Holloway, William H. Crane.


Other Catalog Releases

Alice: Season 1 (1976 USA, stars Linda Lavin, Beth Howland)
Coma Blu-ray (1978 USA, dir Michael Crichton, stars Genevieve Bujold)
Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks (1974 UK, stars Jon Pertwee)
Doctor Who: The Krotons (1968 UK, stars Patrick Troughton)
Outland Blu-ray (1982 USA, dir Peter Hyams, stars Sean Connery)
Royal Deceit (1994 UK, dir Gabriel Axel, stars Christian Bale)
Twins of Evil Blu-ray (1971 UK, dir John Hough, stars Peter Cushing)

Instant Watch Pick of the Week

With The Dark Knight Rises coming out next week, Netflix gives us the opportunity to catch up with or rewatch the film that put Nolan on the map, a non-linear crime/revenge story that actually earns its gimmick and remains fascinating across repeat viewings.
2000 USA. Director: Christopher Nolan. Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano.

Other Instant Watch Releases

The Air I Breathe (2008 USA, dir Jieho Lee, stars Kevin Bacon)
Bad Lieutenant (1992 USA, dir Abel Ferrera, stars Harvey Keitel)
Conan the Barbarian (2011 USA, dir Jason Momoa, stars Marcus Nispel)
Descent (2007 USA, dir Talia Lugacy, stars Rosario Dawson)
The Desert Fox (1951 USA, dir Henry Hathaway, stars James Mason)
Driven to Kill (2009 USA, dir Jeff King, stars Steven Seagal)
Far from Heaven (2002 USA, dir Todd Haynes, stars Julianne Moore)
Incendiary (2008 UK, dir Sharon Maguire, stars Michelle Wiliams)
Into the Woods (1990 USA, dir James Lapine, stars Bernadette Peters)
Permanent Midnight (1998 USA, dir David Veloz, stars Ben Stiller)
Rob Roy (1995 USA/UK, dir Michael Caton-Jones, stars Liam Neeson)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 USA, dir Marina Zenovich)
The Rules of Attraction (2002 USA, dir Roger Avary, stars James Van Der Beek)
Under the Same Moon (2007 USA, dir Patricia Riggen, stars America Ferrera)
Undertow (2009 Peru, dir Javier Fuentes-León, stars Cristian Mercado)
The Vicious Kind (2009 USA, dir Lee Toland Krieger, stars Adam Scott)

Expiring Picks of the Week

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
This lyrical Thai film received the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010, and thrust its arthouse director to much larger international recognition, but I’ve still yet to catch it. I’m kicking myself now that I probably won’t have time before it expires. Hopefully it will be back soon (it seriously seems like I’m just moving things from the “expiring” list to the “new” list and back again every other week sometimes).
2010 Thailand. Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee.


Other Instant Watch Expirations

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984 USA, dir Peter Hyams, stars Roy Scheider) [7/16] Over the Top (1986 USA, dir Menahem Golan, stars Sylvester Stallone) [7/16] Entre Nos (2009 Colombia, dir Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte) [7/20] Inspector Gadget (1983-1986 USA, stars Don Adams) [7/23]

See all expiring titles.

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I am of the Margaret is a flawed masterpiece crowd. Still waiting to watch the director’s cut.


And I’m thrilled to finally be able to see it. Seems I’ve been hearing about it for years so it’ll be nice to finally catch up with it.


Every other critic is calling the director’s cut of Margaret a masterpiece. I need to check this film out.


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