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Why 'Compliance' and 'Samsara' Top Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 8, 2013 at 11:57AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: One of the most controversial films to play at Sundance... well, ever; a documentary 25 years in the making; Tim Burton's animated love letter to the horror films of yonder; the first season of a new hit HBO show starring a loony and wonderful Laura Dern; and an endearing indie that will make you want to pick a kid's xylophone and form a band.

#4. "Enlightened: The Complete First Season"

Laura Dern gives her most impassioned performance to date (and that's saying a lot) in HBO's new series "Enlightened," written by "School of Rock" scribe Mike White. The show centers on Amy (Dern), a self-destructuve health and beauty executive who returns to work three months after a very public meltdown. Rejuvenated after a stint at a treatment center in Hawaii, Amy begins to pick up the pieces of her old life and work on herself, all while dealing with an overbearing mother (Diane Ladd) and a slacker ex-husband (Luke Wilson).

Extras: Every episode on the two-disc set includes a short "Inside the Episode" promo featuring White. Also included are a number of audio commentaries spread out over the first season.

#5. "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"

"The Dry Land" star Ryan O'Nan makes his directoral debut with this winning indie comedy (which he also penned) about a recently dumped sad sack (O'Nan), who embarks on an imromptu road trip with his eccentric new bandmate (Michael Weston). Bringing new meaning to the term "lo-fi," the two forge a unique sound by using children's instruments to back their sweet vocals.

Extras: New interviews with O'Nan and Weston; an outtakes reel; two short films by O'Nan and Weston; the original theatrical trailer; and a live performance and Q&A (hosted by this writer!) at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY.

This article is related to: New On DVD, Small Screens, Compliance, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, Enlightened, Frankenweenie, Samsara

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