Coming Attractions | DVD/Blu-Ray Titles To Note, Dec. 2022

New films of note include the last film in the “Clerks” trilogy, a consideration of high school in the ’60s, and an exploration of the Velvet Underground.

New films of note include the last film in the “Clerks” trilogy, a consideration of high school in the 60s, and an exploration of The Velvet Underground. 

Cinema’s First Nasty Women. 4 discs. b/w. 875 min. Kino Lorber. 1898–1926. DVD UPC 738329259259. $39.99; Blu-ray UPC 738329259013. $79.99. SILENT

Ninety-nine seldom screened silent films produced in the U.S. and Europe cover feminist labor protests, domestic rebellions, and other turn-of-the-century gender-defying norms through slapstick, melodrama, adventure, and other staple genres.

Clerks III. 100 min. Kevin Smith, Lionsgate. 2022. DVD UPC 031398336754. $21.99; Blu-ray UPC 031398336761. $22.99. Rated: R. COMEDY

Twenty-eight years after his low-budget, indie film breakthrough, writer/director/star Kevin Smith closes out his trilogy as convenience store clerk “Silent Bob,” playing himself in a movie his friends are making about the Quick Stop.

Cooley High. 107 min. Michael Schultz, Criterion. 1975. Blu-ray UPC 715515280013. $39.95. Rated: PG. DRAMEDY

Described as a Black American Graffiti, this nostalgic coming-of-age story about Chicago adolescents in 1964 touches the usual bases—school, romance, high jinks—as a group of friends confront their post-graduation prospects, set to Motown music.

A Fish in the Bathtub. 96 min. Joan Micklin Silver, Cohen Media Group. 1999. Blu-ray UPC $29.99. Rated: PG-13. COMEDY

Husband-and-wife comedic duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara star as a perpetually combative couple at odds—triggering a separation—over the addition of a pet carp to the household in Silver’s (Hester Street; Crossing Delancey) comic bath-escapism.

Goodbye, Don Glees! 96 min. In Japanese w/English subtitles. Atsuko Ishizuka, Shout Factory. 2022. Blu-ray UPC 826663232462. $26.99. Rated: PG. ANIME

After taking the rap for sparking a forest fire, three teenage nonconformists are determined to prove they’re not the culprits in this coming-of-age story where friends come to recognize their differences while on a journey of self-discovery.

Lifemark. 105 min. Kevin Peeples, Lifemark Film Holdings. 2022. DVD UPC 683904550484. $18.99; Blu-ray UPC 683904635907. $25.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

Produced by and starring Kirk Cameron, this faith-based film celebrates the fact-based story about a teen boy (Raphael Ruggero) whose birth mother (Dawn Long) wants to meet the son she gave up for adoption. From the makers of War Room and Fireproof.

The Offer. 4 discs. 541 min. Paramount. 2022. DVD UPC 191329234716. $25.99. Rated: TV-MA. DRAMA

The behind-the-scenes battle to make The Godfather involves producer Albert S. Ruddy (Miles Teller), studio head Robert Evans (Matthew Goode), and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (Dan Fogler) in this critically praised streaming miniseries.

Plan A. 109 min. Doron & Yoav Paz, Menemsha Films. 2022. DVD UPC 738329260897. $19.99. DRAMA

Inspired by real avengers, a band of Holocaust survivors plan to infiltrate German water-supply facilities, poisoning the drinking water in major cities and killing six million Germans in an “eye for an eye”—one for every Jew murdered in the Shoah.

Smile. 115 min. Parker Finn, Paramount. 2022. DVD UPC 191329237007. $25.99; Blu-ray UPC 191329237014. $31.99. Rated: R. HORROR

The death of a patient cared for by a troubled psychiatrist (Sosie Bacon) leads to recurrences with victims who display menacing grins before killing themselves. A big hit in an oversaturated horror film market, this picture earned lots of smiley emojis.

The Velvet Underground. 120 min. Todd Haynes, Criterion. DVD UPC 715515279710. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515279611. $39.99. Rated: R. DOCUMENTARY

Sprung from New York’s 1960s underground culture, Lou Reed and John Cale’s titular avant-garde band is captured through performances, interviews, recordings, and more in this nontraditional documentary appropriate for its innovative subject.

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