This is the first great releasing day of the year so far, with a corncucopia of excellent films arriving on disc. Let's get right to 'em:
Besides making two [1, 2] of GreenCine's Best of 2006 lists, The Science of Sleep, Michel Gondry's whimsical fantasia of a romantic comedy, was certainly one of the most visually unique films of the past year. "Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness...a wondrous concoction," wrote J Hoberman. "A movie of bizarre costumes, collage landscapes, herky-jerky object animation, fake perspectives, and wild creative geography."
Hellboy: Sword of Storms ($15.45), is actually more fun than the live-action movie and has the contributions from most of that film's cast and was co-written by the comic's creator Mike Mignola.
Despite what the title may make you think, Ryuichi Hiroki's slice-of life-drama Tokyo Trash Baby is "a gentle critique of modern consumer culture Japan," wrote Jasper Sharp in Midnight Eye, " a poignant look at the dilemma presented by a new generation of Japanese weaned on consumerism... tightly scripted and acted with a touching humanism throughout." Also new to DVD are Hikroki's haunting Vibrator and I Am an S&M Writer.
The best of the rest:
Flags of Our Fathers, the first of Clint Eastwood's pair of perspectives on the WWII battle at Iwo Jima, here focusing on the American experience and the surreal aftermath; Brother ($20.95); Here Comes Mr Jordan ($16.45), the classic comedy that inspired Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait; Have Sword, Will Travel ($16.45); Hollywoodland ($21.76); Running With Scissors ($24.45).
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