VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our September list HERE). But while it's gratifying to know that you can watch pretty much anything with the simple click of a button, there's something comforting about tearing into a DVD/Blu-ray case and popping the disc into your player. That, and not even a VOD film in HD can rival the clarity a Blu-ray disc offers. To keep you up to date with the current goings-on in the home video marketplace, here are this week's new releases worth your time and money.
One of the more prominent documentary releases this year, Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" enthralled last year on the festival circuit with its in-depth dissection of Stanley Kubrick's classic, "The Shining." The film covers plenty of nerd conspiracy theory ground, alluding to Native American genocide metaphors and Holocaust allegories, before delving into all sorts of minutiae.
Extras: Commentary; a panel discussion from the first annual Stanley Film Festival; 11 deleted scenes; the making of the music featurette; Mondo Poster design discussion with artist Aled Lewis; the trailer; and alternate trailers.
"Fill the Void"
Rama Burshtein’s debut feature has the distinction of being the only film ever shot by a haredi Orthodox woman about Tel Aviv’s Hasidic community. The Hebrew-language story follows an engaged Orthodox teenager who is pushed to marry her brother-in-law when her sister dies in childbirth.
Extras: Commentary with the director, and a writer's block Q&A with the filmmaker.
Less than a year after the theatrical release of indie horror anthology "V/H/S" comes a second installment, "V/H/S/2." This sequel to the 2012 film has for its framing story two private investigators who also find themselves stumbling onto a collection of disturbing VHS tapes in connection with a student who has gone missing. The contents of the tapes feature everything from aliens to ghosts to zombies, upping the quota of grisliness and outrageousness that was exhibited in the first installment. A total of seven directors have contributed to "V/H/S/2," including Eduardo Sanchez, director of "The Blair Witch Project."
Extras: Behind the scenes photo galleries; theatrical trailers; filmmaker commentary; and multiple featurettes that delve into the making of each short.