I’ve noticed a pattern in the last couple of weeks of New on DVD columns. It seems to go one new release, one classic re-release or Blu-Ray release, and one Criterion. This week is much of the same:
Three to See on DVD for May 19, 2009:
1) Valkyrie (2008)
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten
The thriller about the failed attempt to kill Hitler by forces within. I missed it last winter, but I’ve seen enough about the story on the History Channel lately to make me look forward to the DVD. The two-disc special edition includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, a look at historical footage, and several commentary tracks.
2) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Directed By: John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, James Stewart
The Paramount Centennial Collection edition of this John Ford classic gets a DVD release. The new transfer has been cleaned up with much grain removed and the aspect ratio changed to a more television friendly 1.78:1. Special features include commentary by filmmaker Peter Bogdonavich and Dan Ford, an hour-long featurette about the making of the film, and several other featurettes.
3) The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1974)
Directed By: Peter Yates
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan
One of the first and best Boston-based organized crime films gets the Criterion treatment this week. Peter Yates directs the star-studded cast in one of this suspenseful crime drama that was a highlight of Robert Mitchum’s legendary career. Special features include audio commentary that features Yates, a stills gallery, and an insert essay an on-set profile.
Also New on DVD and Blu-Ray:
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
My Bloody Valentine 3D
Paul Blart: Mall Cop