Welcome to a new feature here on DFW.com. Although we make mention every week of the new releases, some of the more esoteric discs slip through the cracks. I’ll still throw a little light on the blockbusters, but hopefully, I can draw your attention to flicks that might otherwise pass you by. Let’s get started, shall we?
Bit of a light week to start off with, as the biggest release is the craptastic Clash of the Titans remake, but there’s a fantastic documentary about, of all things, the cutthroat world of high-dollar art collections. Director Don Argott’s The Art of the Steal chronicles the chicanery surrounding the Pennsylvania-based Barnes Collection, a multi-billion dollar assemblage of modern and post-impressionist work that was the center of a vicious, sneaky “heist” by government officials. DFW.com’s Christopher Kelly says “the window the film offers into the money-driven art-museum world is fascinating.” Seconded. It’s well worth a rental.
New on Blu
Another light week here too, with only Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Rambo collection making its debut on Blu-ray.
Given this week’s light load, let’s quickly glance back to last week (July 20) and touch on a few releases.
I wish I could tell you I laughed – or even finished watching – director Kevin Smith’s Cop-Out, but I did neither. How he got so many funny folks into a flick devoid of any real comedy is mystifying.
Fortunately, there was a trio of fantastic discs — the first season of Look Around You; Joon-ho Bong’s Mother and the glorious Criterion re-master of Powell & Pressburger’s The Red Shoes — that more than made up for that dud. Look Around You, a BBC creation from the minds of Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper, is a deliriously weird recreation of ‘70s-era educational videos, albeit with a slightly off-kilter perspective. Highly recommended. Mother is another slow-burn stunner, unfolding in ways you won’t expect; Bong previously directed the cult fave The Host, but he’s working on an altogether different set of themes here. Gripping stuff. Lastly, the always reliable Criterion Collection did it again with The Red Shoes, a sumptuous fantasia about the sacrifices inherent in art. Released on DVD and Blu-ray, it looks absolutely amazing.