Gene Wilder, Bird Rescue, and Dune | Coming Attractions

Forthcoming DVDs and Blu-rays for every interest, including a classic Henry James adaptation, women fighters in the boxing ring, and a New Delhi bird rescue. 

All That Breathes. 98 min. Shaunak Sen, Janus Films, dist. by Criterion. 2022. DVD UPC 715515297011. $24.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515296915. $29.99. DOCUMENTARY

Two New Delhi brothers (Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad) rescue birds of prey from the burgeoning pollution of their crowded Indian city, fashioning an ad hoc hospital in their miniscule apartment amid a society awash in civil unrest.

Coup de Chance (“Stroke of Luck”). 93 min. In French w/English subtitles. Woody Allen, MPI. 2023. DVD UPC 030306747699. $24.98; Blu-ray UPC 030306227399. $29.98. Rated: PG-13. DRAMEDY

Parisian married couple Fanny (Lou de Laâge) and Jean (Melvil Poupaud) seem to be as much in love as when they initially met; then Fanny runs into a former high school classmate (Niels Schneider), with whom she becomes increasingly smitten.

Daisy Miller. 91 min. Peter Bogdanovich, Kino Lorber. 1974. Blu-ray UPC 738329266547. $29.99. Rated: G. DRAMEDY

Cybill Shepherd reteams with the director of 1971’s The Last Picture Show for this adaptation of the classic Henry James novel about a free-spirited American living in Europe, doing just what pleases her and scandalizing Victorian high society.

Dune: Part 2. 167 min. Denis Villeneuve, Studio Distribution Services. 2024. DVD UPC 883929802395. $23.99; Blu-ray UPC 883929802371. $29.99. Rated: PG-13. SCIENCE FICTION

The prophesied messiah Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) of the desert planet Arrakis’s native Fremen exacts revenge for his father’s killing while leading an uprising against vile mercenaries who are profiting from Dune’s precious spice mélange.

Girlfight. 111 min. Karyn Kusama, Criterion. 2000. Blu-ray UPC 715515296519. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

An at-loose-ends teenage schoolgirl (Michelle Rodriguez) finds a safe harbor at her Brooklyn neighborhood boxing gym, experiencing camaraderie while falling for a fellow fighter who may be a rival in the ring, in this restored Sundance favorite.

Night Falls on Manhattan. 113 min. Sidney Lumet, Arrow. 1997. Blu-ray UPC 760137145943. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

An up-and-coming New York City assistant district attorney (Andy Garcia) is asked by his boss to prosecute a drug dealer under dubious circumstances in this underappreciated drama from the director of Serpico, Prince of the City, and The Verdict.

Remembering Gene Wilder. 92 min. Ron Frank, Kino Lorber. 2023. DVD UPC 738329266219. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 738329266226. $29.99. DOCUMENTARY

Comedic actor Gene Wilder (1933–2016) is feted for his comic genius, as exemplified in film roles from The Producers to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to Silver Streak. In this doc, film clips, interviews, and snippets of home movies honor the complete funny man.

A Story of Floating Weeds/Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujirô Ozu. b&w/color. 205 min. In Japanese w/English subtitles. Criterion. 1934/1959. Blu-ray UPC 715515295819. $39.99. DRAMA

A quarter century after making his classic silent-film version about an aging actor returning to his hometown, Yasujirô Ozu (1903–63) remade A Story of Floating Weeds in color—both versions capturing the vicissitudes of routine rural life. The two films are here restored in HD, with extras.

Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène. 346 min. In Wolof w/English subtitles. Criterion. 1971–77. DVD UPC 715515296014. $79.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515295918. $99.99. DRAMA

Trailblazing Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembène (1923–2007) explores women-led resistance to colonial oppression in Emitaï; satirically skewers a corrupt politician beset with impotence in Xala; and tackles religious propaganda used as a political tool in Ceddo. Fighting oppression in the pursuit of individual freedom is the running theme in these restored films, with extras providing context.

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