David Lynch, Karaoke, and the International Space Station | Coming Attractions

Forthcoming DVDs and Blu-rays to watch include Nicole Kidman as a TV weather forecaster, a documentary about activist Nan Goldin, and a tribute to Ukrainian heroes. 

All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster). b/w. 106 min. William Dieterle, Criterion. 1941. Blu-ray UPC 715515293419. $39.99. COMEDY

In order to break a bargain made with the devil (Walter Huston) to bring him good fortune, a luckless farmer (Lindy Wade) gets help from the well-known orator and politician Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) to nullify his contract. Restored in HD.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. 122 min. Laura Poitras, Criterion. 2022. DVD UPC 715515293617. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515293518. $39.99. DOCUMENTARY

The life of photographer and social activist Nan Goldin, who lobbied museums and other institutions to decline donations from the philanthropic Sackler family due to their opioid-related pharmaceutical profiteering, earned an Oscar nomination.

The Color Purple. 141 min. Blitz Bazawule, Studio Distribution Services. 2023. DVD UPC 883929802609. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 883929802586. $24.99. Rated: PG-13. MUSICAL

A Black Georgia woman, Celie (Fantasia Barrino) survives an abusive relationship with her father (Colman Domingo) with the help of Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson) in this remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1985 drama, based on Alice Walker’s novel.

Glory to the Heroes. 89 min. In French & Ukrainian w/English subtitles. Bernard-Henri Lévy, Cohen Media Group. 2023. DVD UPC 738329265755. $19.95. DOCUMENTARY

French philosopher Lévy reports on the Russian bombing of Ukraine, revering the dedication of Ukrainian soldiers, and spotlighting civilians like an elderly woman who is still living in her damaged apartment and raising vegetables in her garden.

I.S.S. 95 min. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Decal-Bleecker. 2023. Blu-ray UPC 843501042281. $20.99. SCIENCE FICTION

Osca winner Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) costars as part of an International Space Station crew suddenly pitted against one another when a conflict between Russia and the United States proves that what starts on Earth doesn’t stay on terra firma.

Karaoke. 103 min. In Hebrew w/English subtitles. Moshe Rosenthal, Kino Lorber. 2022. DVD UPC 738329265069. $19.99. DRAMEDY

An established couple, Meir (Sasson Gabay) and Tova (Rita Shukrun) live contentedly in a ritzy Tel Aviv condo before falling under the spell of new neighbor Itsik (Lior Ashkenazi), a cosmopolitan bachelor who likes to throw sing-along parties.

Lynch/Oz. 108 min. Alexandre O. Philippe, Janus Films, dist. by Criterion. 2022. DVD UPC 715515294416. $24.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515294317. $29.99. DOCUMENTARY

From Wild at Heart to Twin Peaks to Blue Velvet, et al., the influence of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz pervades David Lynch’s work. Five directors and a movie critic offer their perspectives on Lynch’s long preoccupation with the classic musical.

The Runner. 90 min. In Persian w/English subtitles. Amir Naderi, Criterion. 1984. DVD UPC 715515294218. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515294119. $39.99. DRAMA

An orphan (Madjid Niroumand), trying to survive by any means available in a post–Ayatollah Khomeini revolutionary Iran, offers an implied critique of the country’s ruler. Spearheaded by inspired kids’ performances, this autobiographical tale rules.

Saint Omer. 123 min. Alice Diop, Criterion. 2023. DVD UPC 715515293815. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515293716. $39.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

On trial for the murder of her baby, a Senegalese woman (Guslagie Malanga) has her story viewed from the perspective of a pregnant courtroom observer (Kayije Kagame), a novelist who is hoping to adapt the accused woman’s tragic story.

To Die For. 106 min. Gus Van Sant, Criterion. 1995. Blu-ray UPC 715515294010. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMEDY

In one of her earliest and best stateside roles, Aussie émigré Nicole Kidman stars as an opportunistic TV weather forecaster willing to do anything to achieve fame. This deliciously dark satire of ambition gets a deserved 4K restoration with extras.

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