Coming Attractions | DVD/Blu-ray Titles from Our January Issue

Forthcoming DVDs and Blu-rays include the grandly delicious Big Night, the classic caper film The Italian Job, and Bruno Samper and Kristina Buozyte’s postapocalyptic film Vesper.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. 126 min. Terry Gilliam, Criterion. 1988. Blu-ray UPC 715515280518. $39.99. Rated: PG. FANTASY

A capricious 18th-century German nobleman (John Neville) embarks on a series of outlandish adventures—going inside an active volcano, exploring a whale’s belly, taking a balloon trip to the moon, etc.—in the storytelling of a serial exaggerator.

Bergman Island. 113 min. Mia Hansen-Løve, Criterion. 2021. DVD UPC 715515281218. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515281119. $39.99. DRAMA

Filmmakers Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth) visit the remote island of Fårö, Sweden, where Ingmar Bergman once lived and worked, and feel the iconic filmmaker’s effect on their own uncertain relationship in this commentary on life and art.

Big Night. 109 min. Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, Paramount. 1996. Blu-ray UPC 191329238127. $19.99. Rated: R. DRAMEDY

Two Italian immigrant brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub), owners of a New Jersey restaurant on the edge of bankruptcy, gamble on one grand evening where they pull out all the stops in a last effort to keep the lights on. New to HD.

Imitation of Life. 110 min. John M. Stahl, Criterion. 1934. DVD UPC 715515280716. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515280617. $39.99. DRAMA

A struggling white widow (Claudette Colbert) with a two-year-old daughter offers room and board to a Black woman (Louise Beavers) with a fair-skinned daughter, in exchange for housekeeping services. But race, family, and other issues intrude.

The Italian Job. 99 min. Peter Collinson, Kino Lorber. 1969. Blu-ray UPC 738329261412. $24.99. Rated: G. ACTION

Ultracool Michael Caine stars as a just-released ex-con planning a heist in this classic caper film set in Turin, which takes advantage of the city’s gridlocked traffic in a scheme to rob a heavily guarded shipment of gold bullion. New to HD.

Keane. 100 min. Lodge Kerrigan, Grasshopper Film. 2004. DVD UPC 850040599039. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 850040599053. $34.99. DRAMA

A man (Damian Lewis) whose six-year-old daughter is abducted in a New York City bus terminal futilely searches for her until, months later, he meets a woman (Amy Ryan) whose own daughter (Abigail Breslin) turns into a surrogate for his child.

The Lady from Shanghai. b/w. 87 min. Orson Welles, Kino Lorber. 1947. Blu-ray UPC 738329261115. $24.95. FILM NOIR

Down-on-his-luck Irishman Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) rescues femme fatale Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth) from attackers and is rewarded with a job on board her invalid husband’s yacht. But Elsa has another job in mind for him. New to HD.

Piggy. 90 min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. Carlota Pereda, Magnolia. 2022. DVD UPC 876964017770. $26.99; Blu-ray UPC 876964017787. $29.99. HORROR

Taunted by bullies for being fat, Sara (Laura Galan) takes refuge working in her parents’ butcher shop. But when she finds out that her tormentors have been kidnapped by the same man who’s taken an interest in her, Sara faces a quandary.

Requiem for a Heavyweight. b/w. 87 min. Ralph Nelson, Mill Creek Entertainment. 1962. Blu-ray UPC 683904635815. $10.69. DRAMA

An aging boxer (Anthony Quinn) is beaten by a new fighter (Muhammad Ali) and exploited by his manager (Jackie Gleason), then helped by his trainer (Mickey Rooney) and a social worker (Julie Harris) in this knockout Rod Serling story.

Vesper. 112 min. Bruno Samper and Kristina Buožytė, IFC Films. 2022. UPC 014381148183. $27.99; Blu-ray UPC 014381148190. $28.99. SCIENCE FICTION

On a postapocalyptic future Earth, a 13-year-old girl just trying to survive with her sick father, in squalid conditions, relies on her considerable wits, including biotech hacking, in this cautionary tale about the threat of genetically modified organisms.


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