By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 25, 2011 at 9:29AM
This week on DVD and Blu-ray a Greek oddity makes it way onto shelves the same day it scored an Oscar nomination, Gaspar Noe trips out and John Lennon's early life is explored.
This Week's Top Pick:
Greek Oscar-nominee "Dogtooth"
The Deal: Giorgos Lanthimos' Greek family drama "Dogtooth," one of the most genuinely unsettling and oddest movies released in theaters last year, hits DVD and Blu-ray the same day it nabbed a surprise Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at last year's Cannes, "Dogtooth" centers around three nameless teenagers who live under the rule of their dictatorial father (Christos Stergioglou) and strangely distant mother (Michelle Valley). Never allowed to leave the confines of their household, the three occupy themselves with games that serve little purpose other than to distract them from contemplating the outside world.
"The idea of a distorted childhood engineered by corrupt adults has been thoroughly explored in literature, most notably Lois Lowry’s “The Giver," indieWIRE's Eric Kohn wrote in his review of the film. "But where the dystopia depicted in that 1993 novel contained a sci-fi hook, “Dogtooth” derives much of its power from the subtleties of the performances. As one of the children grows skeptical of their limitations, enlightenment arrives as if it were an innate impulse to escape the nest. Ending abruptly with no true escape from the morbid drama, “Dogtooth” rests on the conclusion that nothing can stop the onslaught of teenage rebellion."
Extras: A 12-minute English-language conversation with the filmmaker; five minutes of deleted scenes; a photo gallery and the film's theatrical trailer. Available on DVD.
Other Hot Picks:
The Trippy "Enter the Void"
The Deal: French bad-boy director Gaspar Noe is not intent on appeasing those who found his last film, "Irreversible," hard to handle. If anything, "Enter the Void" is his most audacious film to date -- a hallucinatory, sexually explicit and violent acid trip into the afterlife.
Extras: Twelve minutes of deleted scenes; a poster gallery, the U.S. and international trailers as well as some unused ones; and a featurette exploring the film's visual effects. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Claude Chabrol's "Inspector Bellamy"
The Deal: The 50th and final film from French filmmaker Claude Chabrol stars Gerard Depardieu as a police commissioner struggling to juggle work with family duty after his younger brother shows up at his family household, joined by a mysterious stranger seeking protection.
Extras: An hour-long featurette that spotlights Depardieu and his relationship with Chabrol.
John Lennon Bio Pic "Nowhere Boy"
The Deal: Acclaimed artist Sam Taylor-Wood makes her feature directorial debut with "Nowhere Boy," a chronicle of John Lennon's formative teenage years. Starring Aaron Johnson ("Jack-Ass") and Kristin Scott Thomas ("The English Patient"), the critically acclaimed biopic has gone on to earn four BAFTA nominations.
Extras: Four minutes of deleted scenes; a making-of featurette and the 13-minute "Nowhere Boy: The Creation of John Lennon and The Beatles," which offers some historical perspective on the film's plot. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
"Client 9: Rise & Fall of Eliot Spitzer" -- The Title Says It All
The Deal: Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in his latest film.
Extras: Audio commentary by Gibney; an on-camera interview with the director; extended interviews with many of the film's subjects; five deleted scenes; and the original theatrical trailer. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.