New on DVD/Blu-ray: Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’; Clint Eastwood as Arizona Lawman in 1968’s ‘Coogan’s Bluff’

Ten new and classic films now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Ashes and Diamonds. b/w. 103 min. In Polish w/English subtitles. Andrzej Wajda, Criterion. 1958. Blu-ray UPC 715515263719. $39.99. DRAMA
At the end of WWII, a member (Zbigniew Cybulski) of the Polish Resistance is ordered to kill a Communist leader—a mission he feels may not be worth the risk after he becomes involved with a young woman—in this classic anti-war picture.
Beasts of No Nation. 136 min. Cary Joji Fukunaga, Criterion. 2015. DVD UPC 715515263610. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515263511. $39.99. DRAMA
War as seen from the perspective of a captive child soldier (Abraham Attah) in an unnamed West African country shows the tragedy of lost innocence. Idris Elba earned kudos in his role as a brutal commandant in this formerly Netflix-exclusive film.
Berlin Alexanderplatz. 183 min. In German w/English subtitles. Burhan Qurbani, Kino Lorber. 2021. DVD UPC 738329253257. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 738329253264. $29.99. DRAMA
An immigrant from Guinea-Bissau finds a tough row to hoe in Germany, before falling prey to a drug dealer’s lure in this updated adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel (first adapted for the screen by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in a 1980 miniseries).
The Clockmaker of St. Paul. 105 min. In French w/English subtitles. Bertrand Tavernier, Kino Lorber. 1974. DVD UPC 738329255275. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 738329255282. $29.99. DRAMA
A watchmaker (Philippe Noiret) is forced to deal with an inexplicable charge of murder made against his young adult son who, while living at home, remains an enigma to his father. An early entry in Tavernier’s impressive oeuvre goes HD.
Coogan’s Bluff. 93 min. Don Siegel, Kino Lorber. 1968. Blu-ray UPC 738329254735. $29.99. Rated: R. DRAMA
Arizona lawman Walt Coogan (Clint Eastwood) travels to the Big Apple to extradite a prisoner (Don Stroud) but ends up at odds with his NYC counterpart (Lee J. Cobb) in this precursor to Eastwood’s more infamously unorthodox Dirty Harry.
The Last Man on Earth. b/w. 86 min. Sidney Salkow, Kino Lorber. 1964. Blu-ray UPC 738329254933. $24.95. HORROR
An epidemic sweeps over Earth, wiping out most of humankind, except for a lone scientist (Vincent Price), and transforming the survivors into vampires. Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend gets its first film adaptation restored in HD.
Lilies of the Field. b/w. 94 min. Ralph Nelson, Kino Lorber. 1963. Blu-ray UPC 738329254834. $24.95. DRAMA
In an Oscar-winning performance, Sidney Poitier plays Homer Smith, an itinerant handyman who stops in an arid Arizona town and repairs a leaky roof for a group of nuns. But his charity work doesn’t end until he builds them a new chapel.
A Quiet Place Part II. 97 min. John Krasinski, Paramount. 2021. DVD UPC 032429338235. $22.99; Blu-ray UPC 032429338211. $27.99. Rated: PG-13. HORROR
Silence is still golden—if inconveniently hard to come by—in this sequel to Krasinski’s 2018 hit. Surviving members of the Abbott family (Millicent Simmons, Emily Blunt, et al.) leave home in their quest to survive toothy aliens who hunt by sound.
Thoroughly Modern Millie. 152 min. George Roy Hill, Kino Lorber. 1967. Blu-ray UPC 738329254872. $29.95. Rated: G. MUSICAL
Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins; The Sound of Music) stars as a small-town girl who goes looking for a husband in the big city, in this send-up of the Roaring ’20s that earned seven Oscar nods. Restored to its original, full-length roadshow version.
Those Who Wish Me Dead. 100 min. Taylor Sheridan, Warner. 2021. DVD UPC 883929707843. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 883929707850. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA
Isolated in remote Montana, a smoke jumper (Angelina Jolie) becomes the target of two brutal killers after she witnesses their murder of a local teen. As she flees her pursuers, a forest fire threatens to engulf her and an injured 12-year-old boy.
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