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DVDs and screeners received: ‘The Spy Collection,’ ‘I Served the King of England,’ 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:

The Spy Collection. A 14-DVD set that features episodes of classic spy series The Prisoner, The Persuaders, The Champions, and The Protectors. [available February 24; Region 1]

Hell on Wheels. Documentary about roller derby in Austin, Texas. [available February 24; Region 1]

I Served the King of England. Dramedy that was the Czech Republic’s official selection for the 80th Academy Awards. [available February 17; Region 1; now available in Region 2]

Killer at Large. Documentary about the obesity epidemic. [available March 31; Region 1]

Screeners for the press:

Two Lovers. This Joaquin Phoenix-starring, James Gray-written-and-directed drama is already available on HDnet Ultra VOD, and will open in U.S. theaters in limited release on February 13, and in U.K. theaters on February 27. [official site]

Must Read After My Death. Documentary about the life of one American family created from found materials: audio recordings, home movies, journals, and photographs. Will open in limited release in the U.S. on February 20 and will be available on the same day in a high-quality online stream. [official site]



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