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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

DVDs and screeners received: ‘Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember,’ ‘Holly,’ more

I receive more DVDs in the mail than I can possibly ever review, and here I run them down once a week. This are all Region 1, though I’ll note if they’re available in Region 2, too. (And as an aside to all those British DVD publicists out there, I’m totally open to checking out your DVDs, too. Send ’em on.)

It’s also a potentially interesting illustration of the kind of bombardment film critics get from publicists and filmmakers looking to get coverage of their work.

I won’t offer any commentary on possible worthiness. This is information only.

So, this is what I got in the mail this past week, through Saturday.
DVDs you can buy:

Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember. Collection of three telefilms written by the legendary Dennis Potter: Blade on the Feather, Rain on the Roof, and Cream in My Coffee. [available February 10; Region 1; available in Region 2 under the name Dennis Potter at London Weekend Television]

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon. A new romantic fantasy from Eric Rohmer, nominee for the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion. [available February 10; Region 1; available now in Region 2]

Iowa. Drama set among the Midwestern crystal meth epidemic, starring Rosanna Arquette, John Savage, and Michael T. Weiss. [available February 10; Region 1]

What Makes Sammy Run?. The classic 1959 TV drama, on DVD for the first time, remastered and restored. [available February 10; Region 1]

Holly. Drama starring Ron Livingston as an American in Cambodia who gets caught up in helping a child prostitute escape her life. I’m giving away two copies of this, and I’ll review it soon. (I interviewed Livingston about the film in November 2007.) [available January 27; Region 1]

The Lucky Ones. Drama about three soldiers on leave on a road trip across the United States, starring Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, and Rachel McAdams. I’m giving away a copy of this, and I’ll review it soon. [available January 27; Region 1]

Repo! The Genetic Opera. A futuristic tale of horror that’s also a modern rock opera, starring Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, and Paul Sorvino. I’m giving away a copy of this, and I’ll review it soon. [available now; Region 1; available March 9 in Region 2]

The Secret Life of Bees. Coming-of-age drama starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, and Paul Bettany. I reviewed the theatrical release last fall; I’ll cover the DVD extras soon for Film.com. [available February 3; Region 1; available March 30 in Region 2]

Screeners for the press:

Saving Grace. The first three new episodes of the TNT original series starring Holly Hunter, which returns on March 2; Christina Ricci guest stars in the three-episode arc. [official site]



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