After Parkland, Wild Nights With Emily, & Serendipity | Coming Attractions

LJ's top picks for forthcoming DVD and Blu-Ray titles include Roma, Fleabag, and After Parkland.

Feature Films
 

Frankie. 100 min. In English, French, and Portuguese w/English subtitles. Ira Sachs, Sony. 2019. DVD UPC 043396565432. $25.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA
A multi-generational family on vacation in an idyllic Portuguese resort town has to contend with an unforeseen, life-altering event. Iconic Isabelle Huppert co-stars as the clan matriarch, along with Marisa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson, and Greg Kinnear.
 
Roma. b/w. 135+ min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. Alfonso Cuarón, Criterion Collection. 2018. DVD UPC 715515237413. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515237314. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA
One year after winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, the Netflix streaming-only title gets a welcome deluxe release. An upper-middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s is seen through the eyes of a domestic worker (Yalitza Aparicio).
 
Synonyms. 123 min. In English, French, and Hebrew w/English subtitles. Nadav Lapid, Kino Lorber. 2019. DVD UPC 738329242794. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 738329242800. $34.99. DRAMA
A troubled young Israeli man (Tom Mercier) hell-bent on eradicating his national identity and becoming French relies on his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary to stop speaking Hebrew in preparation for his approaching naturalization examination.
 
Wild Nights with Emily. 84 min.
Madeleine Olnek, Universal. 2018. DVD UPC 191329108536. $22.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMEDY
Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon essays the role of Emily Dickinson in a “reimagining” of the writer’s life based on her private letters. Faced with rejection by male editors, the prolific poet gets the attention of a female editor with an agenda.
 

Documentaries
 

After Parkland. 92 min. Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman, Kino Lorber. 2019. DVD UPC 738329242749. $29.99. DOCUMENTARY
Student survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and families of the dead deal with their loss, becoming the face of activism against gun violence, and attempting to carry on in their everyday but no longer ordinary lives.
 
Big Fish Blues. 91 min. Leslye Abbey, MVD Visual. 2017. DVD UPC 760137308997. $19.99. DOCUMENTARY
Blues music started in the 1960s-era Long Island, NY, club scene plays well in this look at a locale famous for a musical genre generally found much farther south, featuring performances by Bo Diddley, Jr., Sam Taylor, Gail Storm, and others.
 
The Maya Deren Collection. 208 min. Kino Lorber. 1944-79. DVD UPC 738329242817. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 738329242824. $34.99. DOCUDRAMA
Noted experimental filmmaker Maya Deren taps into her work as a choreographer, dancer, poet, and photographer for a diverse body of dreamlike films, including the classic Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), newly restored for this avant-garde opus.
 
Serendipity. 75 min. In English, French, and Chinese w/English subtitles. Prune Nourry, Cohen Media Group. 2019. DVD UPC 191329129265. $22.99; Blu-ray UPC 191329129272. $34.99. DOCUMENTARY
Based on her book, French artist Prune Nourry looks at the effect of breast cancer on her body and her fertility-centered body of work. Health, love, and art are intertwined in her “everything is connected,” or serendipitous, philosophy of life.
 

TV/Series
 

Fleabag: Season One. 155 min. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Screen Media Films. 2016. DVD UPC 814838016023. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 814838016030. $34.99. COMEDY/TV
Based on a one-person stage show, this award-winning black comedy features playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge as an angry, outspoken woman dealing with grief in modern-day London in her own inimitably edgy, rule-breaking fashion.
 
Howards End. 240 min. Hettie MacDonald, PBS. 2017. DVD UPC 841887043250. $34.99. DRAMA/TV
Social and class schisms in turn-of-the-century England are seen by way of the wealthy Wilcoxes, the idealistic Schlegels, and the working-class Basts in this BBC miniseries based on the E.M. Forster novel, also made into the critically acclaimed 1992 film.

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