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February 5, 2013 10:16 AM
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Why 'Cabaret' Tops Indiewire's Five DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

#4. "A Late Quartet"

An actor's showcase by design, "A Late Quartet" revolves around a revered New York City quartet coming apart at the seams. Christopher Walken dials it down to play Peter, the longtime head of the quartet, who discovers he's suffering from Parkinson's disease and decides to leave the group. His announcement sets off a cascade of events that threaten to destroy their 25-year bond. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener co-star as husband and wife violinists, while Imogen Poots plays their daughter who gets close to her teacher.

Extras: A making of featurette.

#5. "A Star Is Born"

Fresh off the news that Barbara Streisand is set to return to this year's Academy Awards for the first time in nearly forty years to perform at the ceremony, comes the Blu-ray release of the romance that last brought her to the Oscars, the remake of "A Star Is Born" (she performed the song "Evergreen" from the film in 1977). Like the 1937 and 1954 films that preceeded it, this version of "A Star Is Born" tells the same story of a ingenue (Streisand) who meets an established male star (Kris Kristofferson), only to see her career hit the stratosphere while his takes a nosedive.

Extras: Commentary by Streisand (!); deleted scenes; wardrobe tests; and assorted trailers for the film.



 

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