NEW ON DVD: Kurosawa and Some Others

DVD/Blu-Ray Picks of the Week for August 18, 2009:

BUY

kagemushadvdKagemusha (1980)

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

Criterion is back at it again this week with two high profile releases, both are most definitely worth checking out. My vote for this week’s buy is Akira Kurosawa’s surrealistic samurai film Kagemusha. “When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions. In his late, color masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returns to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power.”

RENT

tysondvdTyson (2009)

Directed By: James Toback

This movie has been called one of the most terrifying documentaries in recent years. The true story of a man struggling with demons like drugs and violence. “Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson examines his own life in and out of the ring with candid, brutal honesty. Through a mixture of original interviews, archival footage and photographs, director James Toback paints a fascinating documentary portrait of uniquely controversial athlete — and a surprisingly complex, fully-rounded human being. The film ranges from Tyson’s earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, including his rollercoaster ride through the funhouse of worldwide fame and his fortunes won and lost, like a character out of classical tragedy.”

SKIP

hannahmontanadvdHannah Montana the Movie (2009)

Directed By: Peter Chelson

I really don’t have to give a reason why, do I?

 

 

 

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