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Why 'Argo' and 'Anna Karenina' Top Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 19, 2013 at 11:44AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The surprise front-runner to snag this year's Best Picture Oscar; Joe Wright's radical take on a Russian classic; a crowd-pleasing retro-musical set in Russia; one of Marlon Brando's best films; and a creepy horror film from the makers of "Insidious."
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#4. "On the Waterfront: Criterion Collection"

Marlon Brando gives what is arguably the performance of his career (and that's saying a lot) as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece directed by Elia Kazan, available for the first time on Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection. "On the Waterfront" follows Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. The drama was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.

Extras: Audio commentary by authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young; a new conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones; "Elia Kazan: Outsider (1982)," an hour-long documentary; a new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others; a new interview with actor Eva Marie Saint; an interview with Kazan from 2001; "Contender: Mastering the Method," a 2001 documentary on the film’s most famous scene; a new interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film; a new interview with author James T. Fisher about the real-life people and places behind the film; a visual essay on Leonard Bernstein’s score; a visual essay on the aspect ratio; the trailer; plus a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, Kazan’s 1952 defense of his House Un-American Activities Committee testimony, one of the 1948 Malcolm Johnson articles that inspired the film, and a 1953 piece by screenwriter Budd Schulberg.


 

#5. "Sinister"

From the producer of "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious," comes the downright terrifying new horror film "Sinister," starring Ethan Hawke as a true crime writer desperate to replicate the success of his first book. To do so, he moves his family into a home where the previous occupants were brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene. Once all moved in, he discovers a cache of terrifying home movies and unwittingly opens the door into a nightmarish mystery. Don't watch this one alone.

Extras: Audio commentary with director Scott Derrickson; audio commentary with Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill; "Living in a House of Death" featurette; "True Crime Authors" featurette; deleted scenes with optional audio commentary with Derrickson

This article is related to: Small Screens, Argo, Anna Karenina, Sinister (2012), On the Waterfront







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