This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Abbas Kiarostami's most accessible film to date; season two of one of Britain's finest exports; a sci-fi romance starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green; Ed Burn's lowest-budget film to date; and a loving tribute of the one and only Carol Channing.
#1. "Certified Copy"
With Abbas Kiarostami's latest "Like Someone In Love" having just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, his last film "Certified Copy," finally makes it way to DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of The Criterion Collection. The romance marks a big departure for the Iranian director; it's his first film to be shot outside of Iran, and his first to feature an accomplished actress like the incomparable Juliette Binoche. The Tuscany set romantic dramedy pits Binoche and British opera star William Shimell together, as a pair who seemingly meet for the first time during a book conference in which Shimell's character lectures on the validity of certified copies. Over the course of the film, as the two embark on a day trip along the scenic countryside, questions arise surrounding their history together in a wonderfully obtuse way.
"Possibly the Iranian director's most accessible work, this elegant, stream-of-consciousness movie takes place almost entirely within the constraints of a single two-person conversation," wrote Eric Kohn in his review. "Humming along on the rhythm of its central dialogue, 'Certified Copy' drags a minimalist romance down the rabbit hole of philosophical revelation."
Go HERE for our interview with Binoche, done prior to "Certified Copy" opening in theaters.
Extras: The Criterion release offers a documentary about the making of the film, an interview with Kiarostami and “The Report,” a rare 1977 Kiarostami film about a tax collector.
#2. "Sherlock: Season Two"
Fans of BBC's "Sherlock," the popular and critically acclaimed modern day take on the iconic British sleuth, have likely already pre-odered the second season of three new feature-length episodes to own. As they can no doubt attest to, this is the type of show that demands more than one viewing -- it's that good. The latest season finds Sherlock Holmes (the dashing and gifted Benedict Cumberbatch) butting heads with his female counterpart Irene Adler and going up against criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty in a fight to the death. Our advice with this set? Stake out four-and-a-half hours in your day before settling down to watch the second seaon, because once you're in, you're hooked.
Go HERE for our interview with Cumberbatch, which ran prior to season two premiering in the US.
Extras: Two audio commentary tracks with cast and crew on episodes "A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Hounds of Baskerville" and a 19-minute making-of featurette.