New on DVD/Blu-ray: Cult Classic 'Femme Fatale'; 'Mississippi Masala'; 'Belle'; and More

Ten new and classic films and TV shows now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Belle. 2 discs. 121 min. In Japanese w/English subtitles or English-dubbed. Mamoru Hosada, Shout Factory. 2021. Blu-ray/DVD UPC 826663223019. $26.98. Rated: PG. ANIMATION

A teenage girl recovering from her mother’s death gets sucked into a virtual world where “Belle” becomes her persona. Maturing in a social-media era is the story line of this latest anime from the makers of Mirai, Wolf Children, and Summer Wars.

The Beta Test. 94 min. Jim Cummings & P.J. McCabe, RLJ Entertainment. 2021. DVD UPC 014381146561. $27.97; Blu-ray UPC 014381146554. $29.97. THRILLER

Director Cummings (Thunder Road) stars as an unctuous Hollywood agent who accepts an unsigned invitation to an anonymous sexual tryst—an encounter that starts a search for the sender and the revelation of wider deceit and even murder.

The Brave One. 100 min. Irving Rapper, VCI Entertainment. 1956. DVD UPC 089859891625. $19.99. DRAMA

A Mexican boy befriends a bull whose life he saves, fighting to keep his prized “Gitano” from dueling in the ring with a matador. This uplifting drama won an Oscar for blacklisted scripter Dalton Trumbo, who wrote under a pseudonym.

Chan Is Missing. b/w. 75 min. In English & Cantonese w/English subtitles. Wayne Wang, Criterion Collection. 1982. Blu-ray UPC 715515271714. $39.99. DRAMEDY

A pair of cab drivers scour San Francisco’s Chinatown looking for the business partner who absconded with their seed money in this exploration of the Chinese American experience with cultural assimilation. Restored with new supplements.

Double Indemnity. b/w. 108 min. Billy Wilder, Criterion Collection. 1944. Blu-ray UPC 715515272117. $39.95. DRAMA

In this classic film noir, a fast-talking insurance agent (Fred MacMurray) more than meets his match in a scheming vixen (Barbara Stanwyck) interested in life insurance for her husband before plotting his fatal accident. Restored with extras.

The Fabulous Baker Boys. 103 min. Steve Kloves, MVD Rewind. 1989. Blu-ray UPC 760137857488. $34.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

Real-life brothers Beau and Jeff Bridges star as sibling musicians whose long-in-the-tooth nightclub routine needs a refresh. Enter a smoldering singer (Michelle Pfeiffer) who reinvigorates their act while bringing out long-simmering rivalries.

Femme Fatale. 114 min. Brian De Palma, Shout Factory. 2002. Blu-ray UPC 826663221817. $29.98. Rated: R. THRILLER

A bold diamond heist pulled off at the Cannes Film Festival by a seductive thief (Rebecca Romijn) ignites this gripping erotic thriller with head-spinning twists, directed by the self-styled heir to Alfred Hitchcock. A cult classic gets an HD upgrade.

The Funeral. 124 min. In Japanese w/English subtitles. Juzo Itami, Criterion Collection. 1984. DVD UPC 715515271912. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515271813. $39.99. DRAMEDY

Japanese traditions concerning death get a darkly satirical yet poignant treatment in this promising debut from the director who would go on to make the tasty ramen-noodle comedy Tampopo (1986). Restored with plentiful supplemental material.

Mississippi Masala. 117 min. Mira Nair, Criterion Collection. 1991. DVD UPC 715515272315. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515272216. $39.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

An Indian immigrant (Sarita Choudhury) falls in love with a Black man (Denzel Washington) in the Deep South, exposing familial prejudice in this warm look at clashing cultures where romance ultimately wins out. Debuting in HD at long last.

Sundown. 83 min. Michel Franco, Decal-Bleeker. 2021. DVD UPC 843501038130. $18.99; Blu-ray UPC 843501038253. $20.99. DRAMA

A married couple (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) vacationing with extended family finds their trip cut short when an emergency arises--a situation further exacerbated by a troublesome relative. From the director of New Order.

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