The great thing about the wide array of DVDs available at the Free Library is that there is truly something for everyone, from every genre, stretching back to the silent era (look for the very buff Douglas Fairbanks in the wildly exotic 1924 Thief of Bagdad) to cable’s latest series phenom, AMC’s Mad Men Season One. Here’s a look at some of the great new and forthcoming DVD titles:
- Of course, you should expect to see these summer’s blockbusters in your library very soon: Iron Man, Wall-E, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II and already available is the surprise hit political mystery, Vantage Point.
- Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman go bodice to bodice in the soapy but entertaining Other Boleyn Girl with great assists from Kristin Scott-Thomas and brooding Eric Banas as the volatile Henry VIII – no pre-nups allowed!
- Don’t overlook the critically acclaimed indie drama about an economics professor’s encounter with an illegal immigrant couple squatting in his apartment from director Thomas McCarthy , The Visitor or the low-key comedic charmer with the irreplaceable Frances McDormand, Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day.
- Older releases and classics that you won’t want to miss are the acclaimed Basquiat, Michael Douglas in a winning comeback as The King of California, Tupac Shakur’s landmark performance in 1992’s Juice, and the November re-release of Hitchcock’s 1946 thriller Notorious, starring the chemically fused duo of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman battling escaped Nazis in post-war Rio in the persons of sinister Claude Rains and his very scary mom, played by cobra-eyed Madame Konstantin. New from the fabulous Criterion Collections are restored, chock-full-of-extras, releases of Max Ophuls’ 1950 reverie La Ronde, Akira Kurasawa’s 1963 thriller High and Low, and Jim Jarmusch’s deadpan slacker cult classic Stranger Than Paradise.
- On the import side, why not forget the current Nicholas Cage bummer Bangkok Dangerous and go with the roller coaster ride, all-Thai original Bangkok Dangerous(2000), or try the French cineplex chiller Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre with an all-star cast including Sophie Marceau, Michel Serrault, Julie Christie, with a cameo from 60’s hipster sexpot Juliette Greco – who starred in the original 1960s French teleseries of the same name.
- More from the small screen: the sly, subversive animated series The Boondocks, Seasons 1 & 2, and don’t miss everyone’s favorite, lovable serial killer – Dexter, The Complete Second Season.
- Documentaries you will want to see include the re-release of the docudrama about Langston Hughes Looking for Langston, filmed in a semi-dramatic, dreamscape style; Breaking the Maya Code, focusing on one of the most important archaeological breakthroughs of recent times; and the disturbing but fascinating Television Under the Swastika, which compiled material from 285 reels found in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, exploring the technology behind the then-new medium and the programming the Nazis used.
Check them out!
Written by Brian C.