By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 8, 2011 at 3:22AM
This week on DVD and Blu-ray a group of British jihadists act like a bunch of clowns, the financial meltdown gets a thorough examination and Bansky gets the high-def treatment.
This Week's Top Pick:
Terrorism Made Funny in "Four Lions"
The Deal: A winner at this year's BAFTA Awards where it nabbed Outstanding Debut, Chris Morris' tragicomic portrait of a group of British jihadists fumbling to execute an attack on the London marathon, does the unthinkable: it wrings laughs out of terrorism.
"Shot with a handheld documentary style, “Four Lions” contains an engine of rapid-fire dialogue reminiscent of last year’s hit British satire, “In the Loop," wrote indieWIRE's Eric Kohn in his review of the comedy. "Similar to that movie’s wink-and-nod snapshot of political mismanagement, situational comedy meets a dramatic counterpoint. The quartet of Islamic radicals in Morris’s movie fully believe in the vitality of their mission, which serves to create a grave undertone throughout the story. They seem so likable — so like us! — that the impending possibility of their collective demise creates an almost unbearable tension."
Extras: A number of behind the scenes segments; deleted scenes; storyboards created for the film; and an interview with the cast and crew. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Other Hot Picks:
The Oscar Crowned "Inside Job"
The Deal: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson ("No End In Sight") nabbed the Oscar for Best Documentary this year for his exposé on the truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. Narrated by Matt Damon, "Inside Job" uses interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists along with extensive research breaking down the complexities that led to the rise of an out of control industry and the financial meltdown that ensued.
Extras: Audio commentary with Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs; nine deleted scenes; the 12-minute featurette "Behind the Heist: The Making of 'Inside Job;'" and the film's theatrical trailer. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
"Exit Through the Gift Shop" Makes It Onto Blu-ray
The Deal: Following its win at the recent Spirit Awards, Bansky's acclaimed meta-doc "Exit Through the Gift Shop" gets the Blu-ray treatment this week. The British street artist's debut film tracks the rise of French videographer Thierry Guetta, who has since gone on to become known as Mr. Brainwash.
Extras: A biography of Bansky himself, aptly titled "B Movie;" the featurette "A Star Is Born," which chronicles Mr. Brainwash's first installation; Mr. Brainwash's own documentary on Bansky and street art; and some additional scenes cut from the film. Available on Blu-ray.
"A Film Unfinished" Delves Into the Nazi Propaganda Machine
The Deal: A contender at last year's Sundance Film Festival where it picked up an editing award, Yael Hersonki's documentary "A Film Unfinished" uncovers the Nazi propaganda film, "The Ghetto," to reveal the power film has on history.
Extras: An interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood; "Death Mills," a short film by Billy Wilder that includes some of the first footage shot from within concentration camps post-liberation; a study guide for educators and students; and an exclusive essay by author and film scholar Annette Insdorf. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Boys Are Back In "Jackass 3"
The Deal: Showing no signs of slowing down, though visibly older, Johnny Knoxville and his band out misfits keep things gross, shocking and very funny in their latest installment, the highest grossing of the series. Shot in 3D, the film comes to Blu-ray and DVD in standard viewing mode and retro 3D (like "Coraline" last year).
Extras: An MTV Making Of Special; a slew of deleted scenes; outtakes; the film's trailer; and four old school 3D glasses for viewing. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.