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new on DVD: ‘Death Proof,’ ‘Lucky You,’ ‘Severance,’ ‘Zoo,’ ‘We Are Marshall,’ more

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Death Proof: Extended and Unrated [buy it]. From my review:

[T]he last 40 minutes or so of Death feature some amazing stuntwork and stunt driving, seat-of-the-pants filmmaking that is as fresh and organic as anything Roger Corman would have done, and like we hardly ever see at the movies these days. This pure-adrenaline cinema more than makes up for the long tedious stretches that come before.

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Lucky You [buy it]. An intriguing portrait of one man perfectly happy with his magnificently flawed self; see it for Eric Bana’s terrific performance.

Severance [buy it]. Brutally funny horror comedy about a corporate retreat gone very wrong.

Zoo [buy it]. Documentary about people who love animals a little — okay, a lot — too much. If you’re looking for exploitation, though, look elsewhere: this is an oddly beautiful movie about seeking to understand the deeply weird among us.

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Third Season [buy it]. Includes the episode “Sunday,” by far the series best yet, about disaster on the team’s day off.

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We Are Marshall [buy it]. From my review:

I don’t mean to diminish the genuine hell that the real people of Huntington, West Virginia, surely went through in the aftermath of the November 1970 plane crash outside town that killed almost the entire football team of local Marshall University, as well as most of their coaches and dozens of fans and boosters. My god, this was like their own personal 9/11, an indescribably devastating blow to a small town. But calling anything “indescribable” is like throwing down a gauntlet that Hollywood can’t help but pick up: of course real people’s real pain can be turned, yet again, into trite, glossy cinematic junk food. How could we possibly doubt this?

I ain’t seen it, but…:

Boston Legal: Season Three [buy it]. James Spader just won another Emmy for this, so it must be good, right?

Commando: Director’s Cut [buy it]. I just find it hilarious that someone felt there was a cry for a director’s cut of this one.



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  • Just so you know, I bought and watched COMMANDO: DIRECTOR’S CUT the day it came out!

  • JT

    No, it actually sucks. I don’t know who James Spader paid to beat out both James Gandolfini and Hugh Laurie, but he certainly did not win because of his acting ability. The show is a joke.

  • Jurgan

    I saw Grindhouse fans complaining about the DVD release, actually. For one, a lot of people wished both movies had been on the same DVD set. Worse, though, is that they apparently take out the fake previews for other grindhouse movies, which were many people’s favorite part. Now I wish I’d seen it in theaters- it sounds like it was vastly helped by the theater experience.

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