This week on DVD/Blu-ray: A SXSW spotlight on a musical legend; the Blu-ray debut of a 1996 lesbian crime caper from the directors of “Cloud Atlas”; an oddball Sundance comedy; an indie that chronicles U2’s rise to greatness via the agony of two aspiring rockers; and a sexy period romp starring “Cosmopolis” star Robert Pattinson.
This SXSW biopic, which came out this year on 4/20, focuses its attention on one of the more influential musicmakers of our time: Bob Marley. With the help of his family, Marley’s life, musical career and importance are all charted in this two-and-a-half documentary, directed by “The Last King of Scotland’s” Kevin Macdonald. Featuring rare footage, incredible performances and interviews with those that knew him best, “Marley” is the definitive documentary on the king of reggae.
Extras: The disc features additional interviews as well as audio commentary from Macdonald and Ziggy Marley. Also included is the featurette “Around the World,” which features people from around the world saying what Marley’s music meant to them.
This must-see thriller from Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (who are gearing up to unveil their film, “Cloud Atlas” at this year’s Toronto International Film Festiva) debuts on Blu-ray today, bringing back a lesbian crime caper that first premiered back in 1996. “Bound” follows an ex-con and her lover, Violet, who steal millions and then place the blame on Violet’s boyfriend. The film features Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, and former “SVU” star turned “True Blood” vamp Christopher Meloni.
Extras: Both the unrated and the R rated edition of the film are included on this disc.
#3. “Prairie Love”
Dusty Bias’ Sundance comedy “Prairie Love” follows a drifter traveling through the North Dakota prairie who meets an unconscious man in the middle of the road. Yep, you read right. This stranger, on his way to meet his recently released from prison penpal (and girlfriend), faces a problem: the drifter wishes to steal his identity. Go here to read our interview with Bias where he discusses his influences, the story and what audiences can expect from his comedy.
Extras: The short film “A Family Portrait” by Joseph Pierce.
#4. “Killing Bono”
Nick Hamm’s comedy, which is based on true events, tells the tale of two aspiring rockstars (Neil & Ivan McCormick) who watch their school buds, U2, become the next “big” thing in the music world. What a disappointment, right? Go here to see Hamm share with us a clip from the film.
Extras: A making of featurette and the theatrical trailer.
#5. “Bel Ami”
We know him best as the sexy-sultry vampire Edward Cullen, but Robert Pattinson made time to switch things up a bit in Declan Dennellan and Nick Ormerod’s drama, “Bel Ami.” Pattinson plays a poor ex-sergeant who, in an attempt to better his dismal life, exploits the wealthy to climb up the ladder that is nineteenth-century Parisian society. Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci play the three lovely women who help him move on up.
Extras: A behind the scenes featurette that includes interviews with all the main players.