New on DVD/Blu-ray: Ghastly 'Post Mortem'; 'Paradise Highway'; and More

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

Aline. 126 min. In French & English w/English subtitles. Valérie Lemercier, Goldwyn. 2020. DVD UPC 850028052327. $19.99. Rated: PG-13. BIOPIC

Director and star Valérie Lemercier recreates, in barely disguised fashion, the life and career of a certain world-famous singer with a rhyming name best known for “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. Does she sink or swim? Critics are divided.

Cool World. 102 min. Ralph Bakshi, Shout Factory. 1992. Blu-ray UPC 826663221848. $34.99. Rated: PG-13. ANIMATION

An ex-con (Gabriel Byrne), who created a cartoon series while behind bars, is pulled back into his fantasy by its starring vixen (Kim Basinger). Newly restored version of the follow-up to the director’s groundbreaking Fritz the Cat

Le Corbeau. b/w. 90 min. In French w/English subtitles. Henri-Georges Clouzot, Criterion Collection. 1943. Blu-ray UPC 715515277310. $39.95. DRAMA 

A doctor in a Nazi-occupied French town receives a spate of poison-pen letters from a cryptic sender accusing him of being an adulterer, a drug addict, and an abortionist in this critique of provincial paranoia and pettiness. Restored in HD.

Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness. 240 min. Erik Ewers & Christopher Loren Ewers, PBS. 2022. DVD UPC 841887045650. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887046756. $34.99. DOCUMENTARY

Historian Ken Burns lends his imprimatur to this two-part, four-hour documentary addressing mental health issues affecting young people who point to social media, pandemic lockdowns, and racist violence, among other triggers, in a hopeful presentation.

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, No. 4 (1939–1976). 9 discs. b/w & color. 602 min. DVD/Blu-ray UPC 715515276610. $124.95. DRAMA

The latest in a series of curated restorations, showcasing chestnuts from Angola (Sambizanga), Argentina (Prisioneros de la tierra), Iran (Chess of the Wind), Cameroon (Muna moto), Hungary (Two Girls on the Street), and India (Kalpana).

Paradise Highway. 115 min. Anna Gutto, Lionsgate. 2022. DVD UPC 03139833576. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 031398335788. $21.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

Wildly cast against type, Juliette Binoche stars as a truck driver forced to smuggle a girl across state lines in order to save her brother’s life. Morgan Freeman costars as an FBI agent tasked with putting the brakes on a human-trafficking operation.

The Phantom of the Open. 106 min. Craig Roberts, Sony. 2021. DVD UPC 043396583658. $25.99; Blu-ray UPC 043396583665. $27.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMEDY

Would-be golfer Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance) fakes his way into the British Open, shooting the worst-ever qualifying score in this “based on an unbelievable true story” about a dyed-in-the-wool dreamer who becomes an unlikely folk hero.

Post Mortem. 115 min. In Hungarian & German w/English subtitles. Péter Bergendy, Shout Factory. 2020. DVD UPC 826663228564. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 826663228571. $22.99. HORROR

In a small village, a former World War I military photographer (Viktor Klem) takes pictures of plague victims with surviving relatives, uncovering a dark secret about the fate of the dead. This ghost story served as Hungary’s 2021 Academy Awards entry.

Sound of Metal. 120 min. Darius Marder, Criterion Collection. 2019. DVD UPC 71551527721. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515277112. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA 

Oscar-nominated Riz Ahmed excels as a heavy-metal drummer going deaf in this Amazon Studio film at long last benefitting from a disc release (and a deluxe one at that) for interested audiences lacking free Amazon Prime streaming.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. b/w. 116 min. Lewis Milestone, Kino Lorber. 1946. Blu-ray UPC 738329260323. $24.95. NOIR

When a gambler (Van Heflin) returns to his hometown, an old friend (Barbara Stanwyck) thinks he’s come to blackmail her over the dubious death of her aunt. Cat-and-mouse games ensue in this restored version of a classic suspense story.

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