New on DVD: 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Posted 9:46am on Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

DVD Silver Linings Playbook: This serves as a textbook example of why directors matter. In any other hands, the adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel would be the stuff of banal rom-com fluff or, perhaps worse, self-consciously quirky indie clichés. Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell. The tonal balancing act that Russell pulls off is helped enormously by actors who never overplay or try too hard to be liked. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence successfully shed their movie-star glamour to play a couple of self-sabotaging misfits in search of a decent coping strategy. The film was nominated in all the major categories at this year's Academy Awards, and Lawrence went on to win for best actress. On DVD and Blu-ray.

-- Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Also new: Broken City; The Guilt Trip; The Revisionaries; The Details; Not Fade Away; Parked; The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey; History of the Eagles


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