This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Wes Anderson’s star-studded summer indie hit; Josh Marston’s gripping follow-up to “Maria Full of Grace”; the latest season of one of the most acclaimed shows on television; a Hugo Weaving vehicle well worth checking out; and a moving documentary on the coming out of a country music star.
#1. “Moonrise Kingdom”
Wes Anderson makes a triumphant return to live action filmmaking following 2009’s animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” with the delectable “Moonrise Kingdom,” a youth-oriented tale sure to charm both fans of his earlier work and newcomers alike.
Set in the ’60s, “Moonrise Kingdom” follows a pair of 12-year-olds (newcomers Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) who decide to run away together into the wildnerness. Their move prompts a considerable search party in their honor, that includes the likes of a scoutmaster (Edward Norton), the girl’s two bickering parents (Frances McDormand and Bill Murray) and the local town cop (Bruce Willis). The cast it rounded out by Tilda Swinton, who shows up late in the picture as the villainess, aptly named Social Services; Harvey Keitel, making his Anderson debut as a scoutmaster legend; and Anderson regular, Jason Schwartzman. “Those open to Anderson quirks will find a rewarding experience littered with warmth and playful humor,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review.
The film opened Cannes earlier this year to great acclaim, before going on to break indie box-office records and become a bonafide summer hit. If you missed it in theaters, now’s your chance to see why.
Extras: The making-of featurette, “A Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom”; a number of promotional featurettes featuring the cast; and a wry set tour with Bill Murray.
#2. “The Forgiveness of Blood” (The Criterion Collection)
American filmmaker Josh Marston wowed many by stepping outside of his native English for a gripping Spanish-language feature, “Maria Full of Grace” back in 2004, which earned then newcomer Catalina Sandino Moreno an Oscar-nomination for Best Actress. With his latest, he swaps Spanish for Albanian, and the results are no less gripping. In “The Forgiveness of Blood,” the lives of a teenage boy and his younger sister are thrown into turmoil when a fatal dispute over land pulls their family into a bloody feud.
Extras: Audio commentary by Marston; two new video programs: “Acting Close to Home,” a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi Laçej, and “Truth on the Ground,” featuring new and on-set interviews with producer Paul Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and Laçen; audition and rehearsal footage; trailer; plus a booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde.
#3. “Mad Men: Season Five”
Sure, season five of “Mad Men” was the one to break the show’s Emmy-winning streak for best drama, but don’t count the latest batch of episodes out. If you’re a fan of the folks behind Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, then you’d be a fool to miss out on their latest developments. And if you’re already all caught up via AMC, why not revisit the season before the sixth one kicks off next January?
Extras: A look at the best one-liners from the series; a featurette about the inspiration for season five’s poster; “The Party of the Century,” a peek inside the Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel; the featurette “Scoring Mad Men: Inside a Session,” which delves into the music behind the show; a pictorial time line that explores the history of daylight saving time; a selection of Newsweek covers from 1966; and select commentaries from Matthew Weiner and the cast and crew of “Mad Men: Season Five.”
#4. “Last Ride”
Hugo Weaving gives a commanting turn in “Last Ride,” a road movie set in the South Australian outback that centers on ex-jailbird fugitive father Kev (Weaing), who is on the run from the law with his 10-year old son Chook (newcomer Tom Russell) in tow. The film marks the directorial debut of Australian filmmaker Glendyn Ivin, whose short “Cracker Bag” won the Palme d’Or for Best Short at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
Extras: Director commentary; behind-the-scenes featurettes; two short films; and a documentary, “Seven Emu: This is Where We Live.”
#5. “Chely Wright: Wish Me Away”
Over a three-year period, award-winning filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf followed country music star Chely Wright as she honed her plan to publicly come out as gay. The result of their time spent together is the moving and intimate documentary “Chely Wright: Wish Me Away,” which provides an in-depth portrait of the artist who shattered cultural and religious stereotypes within her home city of Nashville. In addition to tracking Wright’s tough journey, the film also chronicles the aftermath of her decision in her hometown and within the LGBT community.
Extras: Deleted scenes.