9 Can’t-Miss Titles for Your List | Coming Attractions

Forthcoming DVDs and Blu-rays for every interest, including Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic to Guillermo del Toro’s revisionist take on Pinocchio. 

American Experience: The War on Disco. 60 min. PBS. 2023. DVD UPC 841887048286. $24.99. Rating: TV-14. DOCUMENTARY

The culture wars of the late 1970s included an anti-disco backlash against the music that originated in predominantly Black and gay nightclubs. But music may just have been the focal point of a broader opposition to lifestyle, according to this PBS examination.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. 121 min. Ted Kotcheff, Fun City Editions. 1974. Blu-ray UPC 760137141815. $39.95. Rated: PG. DRAMEDY

A post–American Graffiti, pre-Jaws Richard Dreyfuss stars as a young, working-class Jewish man out to make a financial killing on a Montreal land deal. Ethics take a backseat, though, leading to dashed dreams in this newly restored movie.

Blast of Silence. b/w. 77 min. Allen Baron, Criterion. 1961. Blu-ray UPC 715515290517. $39.99. NOIR

Written by, directed by, and starring Allen Baron, an eventual veteran TV director, this low-budget, ruggedly stylish curio follows a hit man stalking his prey in New York City over Christmas. An offbeat cult classic gets its rough edges high-def honed.

The Day of the Locust. 144 min. John Schlesinger, Arrow. 1975. Blu-ray UPC 760137139997. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

Several men compete for the affections of a would-be actress (Karen Black) during Hollywood’s 1930s Golden Age in this largely faithful adaptation of Nathanael West’s novel of Tinseltown dreams-cum-nightmares. Restored with extras in HD.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. 117 min. Criterion. 2022. DVD UPC 715515291019. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515290913. $39.99. FANTASY

This Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature uses expressive stop-motion animation in its revisionist take on the classic tale of a puppet maker and his wooden boy, placing the narrative in fascist Italy, with Pinocchio gaining his humanity during wartime.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. 155 min. James Mangold, Paramount. 2023. DVD UPC 786936893700. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 786936893687. $36.99. Rated: PG-13. ACTION

Harrison Ford reprises his signature role as the fedora-wearing archaeologist on a final mission to keep a powerful artifact out of the hands of Nazis bent on altering the track of history. After saving the world, Indy gets an aptly sentimental send-off.

The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse. 287 min. Criterion. 1951–65. DVD UPC 715515290715. $49.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515290616. $79.99. DRAMEDY

Life viewed with childlike whimsy is expressed in Lamorisse’s short films—Bim, the Little Donkey; White Mane; and the Oscar-winning classic The Red Balloon—as well as his features Stowaway in the Sky and Circus Angel. Nature and flight are running themes in the French master’s oeuvre, which will appeal to kids of all ages.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. 108 min. Eric Appel, Shout Factory. 2022. DVD UPC 826663242683. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 826663242690. $26.99. Rated: TV-MA. COMEDY/biopic

In a real stretch from his Harry Potter persona, Daniel Radcliffe stars as the satirist singer perhaps best known for his lyrical overhauls of famous songs—e.g., “Eat It” for “Beat It,” and “Like a Sturgeon” for “Like a Virgin”—in this humorous biopic.

What Happens Later. 100 min. Meg Ryan, Decal Releasing. 2023. DVD UPC 843501041772. $18.99; Blu-ray UPC 843501041765. $20.99. Rated: R. ROM-COM

Snowed in at a regional airport, former flames (David Duchovny and Meg Ryan) find themselves wondering whether fate played a role in their overnight layover. But differences in their temperaments once again threaten a prospective reunion.

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