DVD Spotlight: 3/27.

(Cross-posted with GreenCine Daily.)

DVDs, 3/27.

Lost Highway David Lynch's Lost Highway has finally seen a new release on DVD this week, but Cinematical's Monika Bartyzel explains why it's still "not the greatest option for Lynch fans." Meantime, for the Telegraph, Ivan Hewett reports on Olga Neuwirth's musical version, set to premiere as a joint English National Opera/Young Vic production next month. Via the House Next Door.

"A Woman's Face starts out wonderfully, continues well through the midpoint and just when you are thinking, 'Hooray! I love this!' Joan Crawford shows up at a dance in some kind of Swedish peasant dirndl-drag and it's all over." Still, Self-Styled Siren reminds us: "For the first 70 minutes or so, Crawford is so good you almost can't believe it."

"Essentially perfect, Die Hard is much more than an exciting and visually stunning film," writes Marco Lanzagorta in PopMatters. "Indeed, this flick portrays a sophisticated political discourse that deeply resonates with a variety of social and economic anxieties that characterized the Reagan years. Furthermore, Die Hard defined the narrative and visual structure of the action genre for the years to come, and delineated the popular representation of masculinity during the 1990s."

The latest entry in Scott Tobias's "New Cult Canon" at the AV Club: They Live.

Leo Goldsmith at Not Coming to a Theater Near You on Killer of Sheep: "The consistent theme of [Charles] Burnett's career is family, especially the raising of children, here and elsewhere in his early work, under the constraints of urban poverty."

Brian Gibson in the Vue Weekly on Lake of Fire: "[Tony] Kaye's film has largely been outpaced by time. The Bush era has been friendly to the religious right - one reason, no doubt, abortionist killings have dropped - and the issue hasn't yet raised its head in the run-up to the 2008 election."

"The Ice Storm is a carefully crafted and intelligent film, one that grows in stature with repeated viewing," writes John Davidson in the Austin Chronicle.

For the House Next Door, Jeremiah Kipp talks with Mulberry Street writer-director Jim Mickle and co-writer and actor Nick Damici.

 

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