New on DVD/Blu-ray, Feb. 2021: A Go-Go’s Documentary; Diana Ross as Billie Holiday; an Animated “Little Prince”

Six new films and four documentaries now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Elizabethtown. 123 min. Cameron Crowe, Paramount. 2005. Blu-ray UPC 032429351180. $29.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMEDY
An out-of-the-blue romance blossoms between a recently fired designer (Orlando Bloom) memorializing his deceased dad and a woman (Kirsten Dunst) whose joie de vivre is just what the film’s put-upon protagonist sorely needs. Debuting in HD.
 
The Go-Go’s. 2 discs. 96 min. Alison Ellwood, Universal. 2020. Blu-ray/DVD UPC 602435310763. $29.99. DOCUMENTARY
The story behind the phenomenal rise of the most successful female rock band of all time—premiering at the Sundance Film Festival prior to airing on Showtime—traces the group’s journey from the L.A. punk scene to pop-music mainstream.
 
Jazz on a Summer’s Day. 85 min. Bert Stern, Kino Lorber. 1959. DVD UPC 738329251437. $19.95; Blu-ray UPC 738329251444. $29.95. DOCUMENTARY
Named to the National Film Registry, this restored concert film captures the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, showcasing legendary musicians Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, et al.
 
The Kid Stays in the Picture. 93 min. Brett Morgan and Nanette Burstein, Kino Lorber. 2002. Blu-ray UPC 738329251338. $24.95. DOCUMENTARY
The first actor to run a major Hollywood studio, Robert Evans took Paramount to the top with a string of commercial and critical hits, including Chinatown (1974)—some of which the wunderkind also produced before hitting the skids in a scandal.
 
Lady Sings the Blues. 144 min. Sidney J. Furie, Paramount. 1972. Blu-ray UPC 032429352644. $22.98. Rated: R. DRAMA
Diana Ross earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of singer Billie Holiday, whose tragic life took her from childhood rape to domestic work in a brothel to a singing career in segregationist 1930s-era America before her descent into drugs. Debuting in HD.
 
The Last Blockbuster. 2 discs. 88 min. Taylor Morden and Zeke Kamm, Passion River. 2020. DVD/Blu-ray UPC 195269029029. $29.99. DOCUMENTARY
The bygone era of video-store rentals gets a fond look back via the one remaining Blockbuster, located in small-town Bend, OR, where the manager reminisces about the history and vicissitudes of the business and its indelible part of popular culture.
 
The Little Prince. 110 min. Mark Osborne, Paramount. 2015. DVD UPC 032429244437. $16.99; Blu-ray UPC 032429244420. $22.98. Rated: PG. ANIMATION
Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic story, a young girl (Mackenzie Foy) prepped by her mom (Rachel McAdams) for the real world meets a neighbor (Jeff Bridges) who introduces her to “The Little Prince” and expanded opportunities.
 
Mandabi. 91 min. In Wolof w/English subtitles. Ousmane Sembène, Criterion Collection. 1968. DVD UPC 715515255219. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515255110. $39.95. DRAMA
A jobless West African man (Makhourédia Guèye) receives a sizable money order from a Parisian nephew but finds it hard to cash—thanks to bureaucratic hoops he must jump through—even as friends and neighbors start hitting him up for loans.
 
So Evil My Love. b/w. 109 min. Lewis Allen, Kino Lorber. 1948. Blu-ray UPC 738329252052. $24.95. DRAMA
An English widow (Ann Todd) falls for a charming renter (Ray Milland) in her boarding house only to learn too late that he’s a criminal playing her for a fool. Blackmail and murder ensue in this digitally upgraded, classic tale of deception.
 
Wild Mountain Thyme. 103 min. John Patrick Shanley, Universal. 2020. DVD UPC 191329127315. $22.98. Rated: PG-13. ROM-COM
A strong-willed lass (Emily Blunt) aims her cupid’s arrow at a clueless neighbor (Jamie Dornan) who is distracted by his father’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm). By the maker of Moonstruck.

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