New on DVD/Blu-ray: British Film Noir 'Jigsaw'; 'Scream'; and More

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

Benjamin Franklin: A Film by Ken Burns. 240 min. PBS. 2022. DVD UPC 841887046169. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887046176. $39.99. DOCUMENTARY

A man of many talents (the full range of which are explored in this two-part miniseries), revolutionary 18th-century statesman and scientist Franklin lived his oft-quoted aphorism: “Write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

Eyimofe (“This Is My Desire”). 116 min. Arie and Chuko Esiri. Criterion. 2020. DVD UPC 715515271219. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515271110. $39.95. DRAMA

A pair of remotely connected strangers—an electrician (Jude Akuwudike) and a hairdresser (Temi Ami-Williams)—dream of escaping their lives in Nigeria but face individual economic and family-related challenges in their desperate quests.

The Girl Can’t Help It. 99 min. Frank Tashlin, Criterion. 1956. DVD UPC 715515271011. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515270915. $39.95. COMEDY

A Mafioso (Edmond O’Brien) puts the heat on a talent agent (Tom Ewell) to fire up the singing career of his girlfriend (Jayne Mansfield), but plans go awry in this humorous send-up of fame that celebrates an emerging rock era. Restored with extras.

Jackass Forever. 90 min. Jeff Tremaine, Paramount. 2021. DVD UPC 191329211304. $17.99; Blu-ray UPC 191329211311. $19.99. Rated: R. COMEDY

Pranking raised—or lowered, depending on one’s point of view—to a kind of art form elicits laughs from a variety of staged stunts and outrageous mishaps (e.g., blows to the male crotch), in this latest outing of the MTV series–cum–movie franchise.

Jigsaw. b/w. 108 min. Val Guest, Cohen Media Group. 1962. DVD UPC 738329258252. $19.95; Blu-ray UPC 738329258269. $29.95. DRAMA

After finding a murdered woman’s body in a Brighton beach house, two detectives (Jack Warner and Ronald Lewis) assemble the puzzle-like clues to solve the crime and arrest the killer in this newly restored British film noir, based on an actual case.

Man on the Flying Trapeze. 66 min. Clyde Bruckman. 1935. Blu-ray UPC 738329258498. COMEDY

You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man. 79 min. 1939. George Marshall. Blu-ray UPC 738329258504. COMEDY

You’re Telling Me! 66 min. 1934. Erle C. Kenton. Blu-ray UPC 738329258481. ea. vol: b/w. Kino Lorber. $24.95. COMEDY

In this trio of films starring W.C. Fields, the comedic legend portrays a put-upon husband whose day off goes badly, a circus ringmaster running from the law and his creditors, and an inventor who hits the bottle a bit too hard. Restored with extras.

’Round Midnight. 131 min. Bertrand Tavernier, Criterion. 1986. DVD UPC 715515271417. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515271318. $39.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

Renowned saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, a New York City jazz musician beset by drug addiction and looking to start anew in Paris. He’s aided by a blues fan (François Cluzet) whose own struggles are improved by their unlikely friendship.

Scream. 114 min. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Paramount. 2022. DVD UPC 191329219102. $25.99; Blu-ray UPC 191329217818. $29.99. Rated: R. HORROR

Twenty-five years after a small town’s initial murder spree, it is déjà vu all over again in this sequel-cum-reboot of the established “Scream” film franchise, whose characters are aware that they inhabit a “meta”-verse ruled by horror-flick tropes and clichés.

Walker. 94 min. Alex Cox, Criterion. 1987. DVD UPC 715515028028. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515270618. $39.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

Aided by American businessmen, soldier of fortune William Walker (Ed Harris) becomes the ruler of Nicaragua for two years in the mid-19th century—a scathing allegory of Reagan-era international politics and U.S. hegemony.

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