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by Nigel M Smith
December 11, 2012 10:34 AM
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Why 'Gayby' and 'Girls' Top Indiewire's DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

"Gayby" Wolfe Video

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: A comedy about a gay guy and his best girl friend who decide to have a baby (cough, a "Gayby"); the complete first season of Lena Dunham's extremely successful foray into television; a demented and totally fun forgotten gem from the '80s; Christopher Nolan's black-and-white debut, remastered for the first time on Blu-ray; and a mostly wordless trio of films with music by composer Philip Glass
 

#1. "Gayby" Criticwire Page

A raucous hit on the festival circuit (and recent nominee at the upcoming Spirit Awards) "Gayby" is the long form version of Jonathan Lisecki's award-winning short of the same name about two thirty-something friends from college, Matt (Matthew Wilkas) and Jenn (the hilarious Jenn Harris,) who decide they want to bring a baby into the world the old-fashioned way. The couple continues to navigate the daunting New York dating scene throughout their ups and downs of attempting pregnancy, leading to some crazy baby drama and a whole lot of laughs.

Extras: Theatrical trailer and a crop of deleted scenes.

#2. "Girls: The Complete First Season"

Few indie stars blew up this year quite the way "Tiny Furniture" writer/director Lena Dunham did with her much-hyped about HBO show "Girls." Her secret? The show, exec produced by Judd Apatow, actually delivered on its buzz, culminating in a second season order which premieres next month, and a slew of Emmy nominations including one for Oustanding Comedy Series. In "Girls," Dunham plays one of four young women trying to crave out a life herself in New York. If you've already seen the first season then why no revisit before round two? And if you're late to the party, see what all the fuss is about!

READ MORE: Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham Talk Sex, the City and 'Girls'

Extras: "The Making of Girls," a making-of documentary; deleted and extended scenes; two extended gag reels; cast auditions; table reads; six extended commentary with Dunham and Apatow; NPR Fresh Air interview with Dunham; a conversation with Dunham and Apatow; a conversation with the "Girls"; and a 20-page booklet containing a collection of Dunham's tweets and behind-the-scenes photos.

#3. "Miami Connection" Criticwire Page

If '80s synth rock, bone crushing TaeKwon-Do and motorcyle-riding ninjas are your thing, then you can't do any better than "Miami Connection," the long forgotten martial arts action film directed by 9th degree black belt philosopher Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, given a new life thanks to the fine folks at Drafthouse Films. The film failed to catch on with audiences when it was initially released theatrically back in 1987. It was resurrected some twenty years later by Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson, who purchased a 35mm print for $50 via eBay and began test screening it as part of the Drafthouse's exploitation series. The action yarn, which tells the story of a fearless synth rock band who take to the streets of Orlando to rid the city of its criminals, lands on Blu-ray today following its theatrical re-release this past summer.

Extras: "Friends for Eternity: The Making of Miami Connection"; audio commentary with star/producer Y.K. Kim and writer/star Joseph Diamand; deleted scenes; the 25th anniversary Dragon Sound reunion concert from Fantastic Fest 2012; theatrical trailer; "Who Is Y.K. Kim?" promo video; and "The New American Dream" promo video.

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