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Why 'God Bless America' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 3, 2012 at 10:59AM

This week on DVD and Blu-ray: Bobcat Goldthwait's violent and very funny attack on reality TV; a moody psychological thriller starring Willem Dafoe; Jane Fonda's sexy space outing; a BBC romance sure to make you swoon; and some black-and-white silent oldies.
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"God Bless America"
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This week on DVD and Blu-ray: Bobcat Goldthwait's violent and very funny attack on reality TV; a moody psychological thriller starring Willem Dafoe; Jane Fonda's sexy space outing; a BBC romance sure to make you swoon; and some black-and-white silent oldies.
 

# 1. "God Bless America"

"God Bless America," the latest from comedian turned button-pushing filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait ("Sleeping Dogs Lie," "World's Greatest Dad") is one angry movie. Goldthwait (who also penned the screenplay) takes aim at America's narcissistic culture by centering his story on Frank (Joel Murray), a divorced, recently fired and possibly terminally ill man, who takes it upon himself to rid America of dumb, bigoted people by buying a gun and hunting said people down with the help of high-school student Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his rage.

Given that this comes from the mind of Goldthwait however (he played Zed in a string of "Police Academy" films back in the eighties and is best known for his high-pitched comedy act), "God Bless America" is also hilarious. You might be shocked to see how far Goldthwait and his game cast takes it, but you'll also be hard pressed not laugh most of the way.

"Goldthwait writes some of his best monologues in years for his loony leading man, wrote Eric Kohn in his review, "but while "God Bless America" rants about society's downward slide into a media-fueled oblivion -- it's Goldthwait's "Idiocracy" -- the movie also serves as a bold indictment of pop culture's destructive potential, and a catharsis for anyone willing to confess that beneath the Murray character's blatantly psychotic behavior, his targets are spot-on."

Go HERE for our interview with Goldthwait and Murray.

Extras: A lot of good stuff here. Included is an audio commentary featuring Goldthwait, Murray and Lynne Barr; an extensive making-of-doc that covers every aspect of production; deleted and extended scenes; outtakes; a video interview with Goldthwait, Murray and Lynne Barr; a Roxy & Frank music video; and the film's theatrical trailer.


#2. "The Hunter"

Rookie director and established author Julia Leigh -- whose feature directorial debut "Sleeping Beauty" ignited a flurry of interest in its Cannes premiere -- is the mind behind "The Hunter," a psychological thriller starring Willem Dafoe. She penned the 2001 novel of the same name, which the film, directed by Daniel Nettheim, is based on. In "The Hunter," Dafoe stars as Martin, a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotchech company to the wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor co-star.

Extras: A pretty solid set. Included is an informative audio commentary featuring Nettheim and producer Vincent Sheehan; a great four-part documentary on the making of the film; deleted scenes; and the film's theatrical trailer.

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