New, encore and low-price releases on Tuesday, March 25
THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:
2013; $12.98-$34.98; UR
Anton Yelchin is a nobody — a nobody with a psychic secret: He sees dead people, and they are everywhere in this Dean Koontz tale. But everything is just OK in his off-kilter world until a stranger arrives in town with a buttload of invisible boogeymen in tow, and Yelchin understands that all hell is about to break loose. What can he do? First he grabs Sheriff Willem Defoe, then lovely Esquire gal “Stormy” Addison Timlin from “Californication” (should have been his first move), and together the three of them try to stop the Apocalypse in funny and exciting ways. This thing is a gem; highly recommended.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
2013; $16.98-$39.98; R
Martin Scorsese teams once again with Leonardo DiCaprio and the city of New York for this look at real-life ’80s corporate mega-sleazeball Jordan Belfort. Supposedly a cautionary rags-to-riches/innocent-to-corrupt tale of power, money and sex, we found it revealed as much about Scorsese as it did the rise of the mega-rich, using the “f-bomb” every other syllable as a means to anesthetize the audience into acceptance of whatever message the director wants to implant. Frankly, we didn’t like this movie, but we were profoundly impressed by it and the way it haunted our every waking moment for days afterward. Powerful, if unpleasant.
2013; $16.98; UR
This wonderfully unapologetic stinker is the first film from Chiller TV’s new Chiller Films division. Cute little Bonnie Dennison of “Stake Land” and five — count ’em, FIVE — other teens pile into a creaky little rowboat and paddle far out into a lake where a monstrous toothy fish awaits. As directed by crazed filmmaker Larry “I Sell the Dead” Fassbender, the oarless boat starts leaking, and the resulting turmoil is priceless low-rent bloody-teen squealing and hysteria at its best. It’s no “Jaws,” but it has its moments.
CALIFORNICATION: SIXTH SEASON
2012; $35.98-$45.98; UR
Surely by now no one needs a review of David Duchovny’s smash cable porn-drama-comedy, other than to say “it just keeps getting better!” He plays a writer, of course, who is constantly dealing with the combined drama of his career; his daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin); and the seemingly endless parade of gorgeous women passing through his bed. But the real secret to the show’s success is the brilliant writing, which in Season 6 is fixated on rock ’n’ roll and Becca’s new career as a college dropout/would-be writer.
2013; $19.98-$32.98; PG-13
This Disney-fied remake of a wonderful French film by the same director has a few sanitized laughs, but for our money, ask for 2011’s “Starbuck.” In either case, the plot involves a worthless, chronic-masturbating man-child who puts his talents to use at a fertility clinic and winds up with hundreds of children. This American version stars Vince Vaughn, who brings his usual likeable-but-dim talents to the fore, with help from Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. Like we said: fun, but the original is much better.
2010; $39.95; UR
A made-for-German-TV thriller unlike anything ever seen on U.S. TV. It’s the story of an archeologist (Iris Berben) who finds her adult son dead — and her scientific mind knows immediately it was murder, even if the cops don’t. She quickly reconciles with her ex-husband, and together they go globe-hopping for justice, leading to a deadly confrontation in a filthy African clinic. Breathtaking in scope, with an amazing cast that includes the always-welcome Mikael Nyqvist (“Dragon Tattoo”), this is a rich and daring subtitled drama that doesn’t insult your intelligence. Highly recommended.
KEY & PEELE: SEASONS ONE & TWO
2014; $22.98; UR
Frankly, we didn’t have high expectations when we first heard of this coming to Comedy Central, but then we were blown away by their irreverent, rapid-fire stream-of-consciousness antics and fearless poking at institutionalized racism. Their bit on asshole superheroes, alone, could power any ordinary comedy for a full season — and nearly had us peeing the couch. Addictive and entertaining as hell. You’ve been warned.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XXIX
2014; $49.98-$59.98; UR
You get two flicks from the Comedy Central years and two from The SciFi Channel in this Joel Hodgsdon/Mike Nelson set. But the best reason to own it is 1957's “Untamed Youth,” featuring Mamie “Yowza” Van Doren and Lori “Creature from the Black Lagoon” Nelson, who get serenaded by underrated rocker Eddie “Summertime Blues” Cochran! If that wasn’t enough, it also contains the supremely bad “Pumaman,” one of the absolute worst — and unintentionally hilarious — Italian superhero cheapies ever made. A must own!
WILLIAM & MARY: COMPLETE COLLECTION
2003; $53.98; UR
A wonderfully smart, gentle and heartwarming romcom for adults. Martin Clunes (“Doc Martin,” “Reggie Perrin”) is an undertaker named William. He meets and falls for Mary, a feisty midwife played by Julie Graham (“Survivors,” “The Sarah Jane Adventures”). Together they explore love and family and social expectations while bringing people into this world ... and back out again ... in knowing style. Some of the best writing ever penned for the small screen and a raft of fun guest stars combine to make this a nice change of pace from frantic American TV.
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