10 Fantastic Films for Your Queue | Coming Attractions

Forthcoming DVDs and BluRays include LeBron James and Jackie Chan, plus Scorsese’s breakout hit. 

American Buffalo: A Film by Ken Burns. 2 discs. 240 min. PBS. 2023. DVD UPC 841887047470. $39.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887047487. $49.99. DOCUMENTARY

The United States’ national mammal, sustenance for Indigenous peoples for generations, nearly became extinct before being rescued. Skillful storyteller Burns recounts the attempt to save the buffalo in spite of conflicting viewpoints.

Fremont. b/w. 92 min. Babak Jalali, Music Box Films. 2023. DVD UPC 751778951956. $22.99. DRAMEDY

Young and smart but shy, Afghan immigrant Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) works at a San Francisco fortune-cookie factory. Socializing is difficult for her, and having served as a translator for the U.S. Army doesn’t help, in this wry look at the émigré experience.

Full Body Massage. 93 min. Nicolas Roeg, Unearthed Films. 1995. DVD UPC 760137135807. $21.99; Blu-ray UPC 760137135821. $29.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

Art gallery owner Nina’s (Mimi Rogers) world expands when she meets substitute masseur Fitch (Bryan Brown) and the pair exchange views on a wide range of issues, including art, life, and relationships. Debuting in high-def.

Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar. 4 discs. In Cantonese & Mandarin w/English subtitles. Criterion. 1978–85. Blu-ray UPC 715515289115. $124.95. ACTION

Bruce Lee heir apparent Chan followed his predecessor with a unique mix of kung-fu and slapstick comedy in six films—Half a Loaf of Kung FuThe Young MasterSpiritual Kung FuThe Fearless HyenaFearless Hyena II, and My Lucky Stars—representing his early career. Restored with extras, including commentary tracks.

Mean Streets. 102 min. Martin Scorsese, Criterion. 1973. Blu-ray UPC 715515289610. $39.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

The breakout hit by the iconic director and film-preservationist tracks the antics of two buddies in New York City’s Little Italy, Charlie (Harvey Keitel) and Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), in an adrenaline-fueled style. Restored with plentiful extras.

Our Town. b/w. 90 min. Sam Wood, ClassicFlix. 1940. DVD UPC 850049732079. $24.99; Blu-ray UPC 850049732086. $29.99. DRAMA

The Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play about life in Grover’s Corners is rescued from dilapidated presentations in this long-overdue restoration from a 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress.

Scrapper. 84 min. Charlotte Regan, Kino Lorber. 2023. DVD UPC 738329263737. $19.95; Blu-ray UPC 738329263744. $29.95. DRAMEDY

Living in London, 12-year-old Georgie (Lola Campbell) gets reacquainted with her estranged father (Harris Dickinson) after the death of her mom in this charming but fraught bonding story. Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Shooting Stars. 116 min. Chris Robinson, Universal Pictures. 2023. DVD UPC 191329254370. $22.98. Rated: PG-13. BIOPIC

The origin of basketball legend LeBron James tips off with his high school team—all boyhood buddies—becoming number one in the country, in this film adaptation based on cowriter Buzz Bissinger’s (Friday Night Lights) inspiring biography of James. 

Sound of Freedom. 131 min. Alejandro Monteverde, Angel Studios. 2023. DVD UPC 031398342380. $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD UPC 031398342403. $39.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

A former Navy SEAL (Jim Caviezel) teams with a local police chief to rescue children kidnapped by a sex-trafficking ring. Controversial for its pay-it-forward marketing tactics, this film became a surprise box-office hit.

T.R. Baskin. 90 min. Herbert Ross, Fun City Editions. 1971. DVD UPC 760137139423. $14.99; Blu-ray UPC 760137139386. $39.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

Candice Bergen stars as a twentysomething who leaves small-town Ohio for the Windy City, only to find a shabby apartment, menial work, and less-than-ideal men (James Caan, Peter Boyle). An intriguing 1970s curio restored.

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