Cool stuff on DVD today: 'Badlands' and more
05:00 AM, Mar 19, 2013
We have a lot of big-ticket items this week, in case you haven’t been to the theater in awhile:
Release o’ the week: Badlands. I’m thrilled that Criterion is issuing one of my all-time favorite movies on Blu-ray/DVD. The director-approved edition includes a new documentary featuring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, a restored digital transfer of the 1973 movie and a 1993 episode of American Justice about killer Charles Starkweather, whose story inspired the film. From the beautiful cinematography to the talented cast to a spare-but-affecting script, everything is just flawless in Badlands. They really don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
- Price Check. I enjoyed this indie about a horrible boss, played by the mesmerizing Parker Posey.
- This Is 40. Viewers of a certain age may laugh at a bunch of the jokes, but they might also feel worn out and depressed by the end. (Note: This releases March 22.)
- Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain stars in this intense drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Reviewers weren’t super-kind to the three-hour epic, although I’m still interested in seeing the special effects.
- Les Misérables. Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe head up the singin’ ensemble of the gut-wrenching musical. (Note: This releases March 22.)
- Rust and Bone. Speaking of gut-wrenching, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard stars in this tragic drama from French director Jacques Audiard.
Also out: Bachelorette, Straight A’s
Related news: Steven Soderbergh’s final film, Side Effects, arrives on DVD May 14.
Blu-ray highlight: Porky’s is out in the format.
Next week: Lincoln arrives.