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New on DVD: July 10, 2007

Finally, a chock-filled DVD releasing week again! We've got new anime, new kids movies, an Oscar-nominated Danish drama and other excellent international seletions, new indie flicks and dramas, a new season of Extras, new old noir, and much more. Enjoy!

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Sweet Land: A Love Story


Sweet Land is "a tale of pure Americana that speaks both to the immigrant experience and the nature of love," (Hollywood Reporter), this poignant film is set in Minnesota farm country in the early 20s. "A movie of extraordinary tenderness," wrote Entertainment Weekly's Owen Glieberman. "If Terrence Malick could ever banish the wispy art clouds from his brain and give in to the storyteller inside, perhaps he might make a movie as stirring. I want to be absolutely clear about what an independent triumph this is."

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After the Wedding

Susanne Bier's drama After the Wedding was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and manages to be both sweeping, yet entirely intimate. "A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past," says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "After the Wedding would never pretend to have any answers, but in hands this skilled the act of exploration itself couldn't be more illuminating, or more dramatic," adds the LA Times' Kenneth Turan.

Mads Mikkelsen played the baddie in Casino Royale, but showing an entirely different side here you'll see why he's the biggest star in Denmark.

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Wild Tigers I Have Known: Cam Archer's Study of Adolescent Angst

interviewed By Heather Johnson

Twentysomething director Cam Archer doesn.t have much interest in conveying the often self-involved dramas of his own generation. The inner lives of teenagers provides much more interesting filmmaking fodder. In our 20s, we discover more fully who we are; in our teens, we struggle to be like everyone else and for everyone to like us. If that doesn.t happen, the results can be brutal, and lead to years of therapy in our 30s.

His new film, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is now out on DVD.

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Going Fourth: New on DVD July 3, 2007

A quiet releasing week, of course, given the midweek holiday, so don't expect much today. But there are definitely some winners in the batch found here. Check out this week's releases, and the titles coming out through the summer (new titles added weekly!)

Happy 4th of July!

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The Return of the MIA DVD list (UPDATED! 11/08)

By Craig Phillips

Even with all the previously unreleased films coming out on DVD each week, you could nonetheless do a thousand of these lists, alas.

At any rate, as a follow-up to my previous column on MIA DVDs, here is another group of films (with two by John Huston, natch) we're crying out for, in no particular order.

(Click on to see the list!) [Updated as things arrive on DVD.]

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New on DVD: June 26, 2007

A surprisingly hearty list of new DVD titles out today, including a new set of Mystery Science Theater classics (well, the movies aren't classics, but their commentary makes these episodes classic), comedy from Louis C.K., a new volume of Noein, a harrowing environmental doc and a harrowing Mark Wahlberg actioner - wait, that one isn't harrowing, it's ludicrous, and fun. Plus the Chris Marker two-fer mentioned elsewhere. See all of 'em by clicking below.

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Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan: Craig Brewer's follow-up to Hustle & Flow finds him again in musical mode, but this time for a rather lurid melodrama, which is either exploitative and ludicrous, or "as humorous and raunchy as a good blues refrain" (Austin Chronicle), depending on your point of view - or all of the above.

"As a filmmaker, Brewer doesn't just yank your chain: He forges a bond with his characters and his audience that produces ecstasy and healing," writes critic Michael Sragow.

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La Jetee/Sans Soleil: Chris Marker via Criterion

Chris Marker's short film La Jetee, the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, is paired up with Marker's haunting Sans Soleil, and that is major cause for celebration. Both films are meditations on time and memory, with Soleil ostensibily about the correspondence between a cameraman and a woman who narrates. "No two people will come away from [it] with the same impression," writes Eric Henderson in Slant, "nor will a solitary viewer's multiple viewings yield the same experience." Adds the BBC: "Too rich, complex, and elusive to be digested on a single viewing."

More from Steve Erickson on Nerve: "After watching Sans Soliel, you realize that the paths Marker blazed for documentarians remain largely unfollowed."

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If...: New from Criterion, this unforgettable drama about a revolution within a British public school, long unavailable on DVD. "So good and strong," wrote Vincent Canby in 1969, "that even those things in the movie that strike me as being first-class mistakes are of more interest than entire movies made by smoothly consistent, lesser directors... Lindsay Anderson, a fine documentary moviemaker, develops his fiction movie with all the care of someone recording the amazing habits of a newly discovered tribe of aborigines."

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