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New DVD releases November 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.

Here’s our look at the more interesting titles released on DVD in the US and UK over the past few weeks. Some may be available to rent from local video clubs, or you can always order over the Internet: dozens of suppliers, but http://www.amazon.com (for US) and http://www.play.com (for UK) are among the most reliable, if not necessarily the cheapest. Note that US discs are ‘Region 1’, and require a multi-region player.

Richard E. Grant (of ‘Withnail and I’ fame) turns director for this autobiographical semi-comic tale of a Rhodesian childhood. Extras include interviews and a Making Of. [UK]

REGULAR LOVERS: Obviously I’m not going to sit here and recommend a 3-hour (!), black-and-white (!!) French film to everyone, but this elegy for the Spirit of ’68 really is one of the best foreign films of the past few years, if only for the magical scene set to The Kinks’ “This Time Tomorrow”. Extras include a Venice Film Festival conference with director Philippe Garrel. [UK]
JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2: Not actually new, but the US remake comes to cinemas soon so you may as well catch up with the Japanese original from 2003; lavish 2-disc package includes featurettes, deleted scenes and more. [UK]

Rejoice! Five more gems from Fred and Ginger, the screen’s greatest dance team, highlights including ‘Flying Down to Rio’ (1933), ‘The Gay Divorcee’ (1934) featuring their greatest romantic dance, to Cole Porter’s ‘Night and Day’ and ‘Roberta’ (1935). All films come with contemporary trailers, shorts and cartoons, all are available individually. Also available in an “Astaire and Rogers Ultimate Collector’s Edition” which includes the five Astaire and Rogers films on Volume 1, released a couple of years ago. Around $45 from most online retailers, plus shipping. [US]

THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981): “25th Anniversary Edition” for second-tier Disney cartoon, still quite charming. Paltry extras include a “forest friendship” game, trailers and a 2-minute sing-along song. [US]
REDS (1981): Another “25th Anniversary Edition” for a much better film: Warren Beatty’s Oscar-winning biography of American communist John Reed, starring himself and Diane Keaton. Extras include 7-part “Witness to ‘Reds’” documentary. [US]

THE TONY HANCOCK COLLECTION: Legendary 60s comedian made just two films, ‘The Rebel’ (1961) and ‘The Punch and Judy Man’ (1962) and neither is much good, but fans will want them nonetheless. Transfers are apparently disappointing, but extras include commentary by Hancock writers Galton and Simpson. [UK]

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