Cool stuff on DVD today: Cassavetes and more

05:00 AM, Oct 22, 2013

'John Cassavetes: Five Films' arrives on Blu-ray today from Criterion. Criterion/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Well, this is the best Tuesday we’ve seen in a long time, with tons of fantastic films and special releases ready to tickle our brains. Empty those wallets:

Release o’ the week: John Cassavetes: Five Films. Years ago, my husband picked up this set from Criterion, and it quickly became one of the best DVD investments we’ve ever made. Today the company reissues it on Blu-ray.

In the box, you’ll find Shadows, Faces, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night and one of my all-time favorite movies, 1974’s stunning A Woman Under the Influence. (Gena Rowlands’ performance cannot be topped.) Bonus materials include the full-length, in-depth documentary A Constant Forge, new interviews and so much more you should consult this page to see it all. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

- Morrissey: 25 Live. The musician/memoirist celebrates his 25th anniversary as a solo artist with this concert. As you may recall, I posted exclusive video of one performance, and it’s fantastic.

- Shepard & Dark. As I’ve mentioned before, this compelling doc focuses on the longtime friendship between Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark.

- Vincent Price Collection. Add this set to your must-buy list: It includes several of Price’s best movies that he made with Roger Corman, like The Masque of the Red Death and The Pit and the Pendulum. It’s perfect for October viewing!

- Before Midnight. I know I’m just chock full o’ raves today, but I truly loved the third installment in Richard Linklater’s series. Though we may see another one in about a decade, I think it ranks up there with the best film trilogies of all time.

- The Way, Way Back. This coming-of-age comedy feels like a cross between Little Miss Sunshine and Adventureland (not that that’s a bad thing). Sam Rockwell gives a standout performance as an energetic water park employee.

- Only God Forgives. Ryan Gosling re-teams with director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) for this controversial thriller.

- The Internship. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in this rollicking comedy about … oh, who am I kidding? Save yourself some pain and watch any other movie on this list instead.

Also out: Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection, Free Samples, Necessary Evil: The Villains of DC Comics, Just Like a Woman, I Give It a Year, As Cool As I Am, The Conjuring, Nikita: The Complete Third Season, The Uninvited (Criterion), 100 Bloody Acres

Related news: The excellent Big Star documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me, comes out on DVD/Blu-ray Nov. 26.

Next week: Look out for Monsters University.