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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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#3. "Barbarella"

If you think Jane Fonda looks good now, just wait till you get a peek of her in the horny sci-fi cult classic "Barbarella," which lands for the first time on Blu-ray today. In the titilating romp, directed by Fonda's ex-husband Roger Vadim, Fonda plays the titular space adventurer who lands on planet Lythion in the year 40,000. Faced with monsters and evil robots, Barbarella is forced to vanquish her foes -- in tight and revealing attire, of course.

Extras: Unfortunately, all you'll find is the film's theatrical trailer.

#4. "Madame Bovary"

Gustave Flaubert's dramatic masterpiece "Madame Bovary" gets another film adaption, this time courtesy of the BBC. Frances O'Connor puts her stamp on the iconic role of Emma Roualt, a woman with dreams of escaping her provincial upbringing. Her dream comes true when she marries local doctor Charles Bovary ("Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville), but it's not long before Emma begins to feel constrained and frustrated by married life, leading her on a string of affairs (Hugh Dancy being one of them).

"Madame Bovary"
BBC Films "Madame Bovary"

Extras: A 30-minute profile of the author and the places that inspired him.
 

#5. "The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption"

If "The Artist" made you nostalgic for the silent film era, then take the plunge with this set of extremely rare silent films from the 1910's, via specialty label Kino Classics, that explore controversial social issues of their day. The collection includes "The Devil's Needle" (1916), "The Inside of the White Slave Traffic" (1913) and "Children of Eve" (1915). "The Devil's Needle" centers on a morphine addict who messes with the morals of a neurotic painter; "The Inside of the White Slave Traffic" looks at the methods employed by a group of pimps to enslave unsuspecting women into a life of prostitution; while "Children of Eve" depicts the Triangle Shirtwaist Factor fire of 1911.

Extras: Program notes by film historian Richard Koszarski; unedited outtake footage from "Children of Eve"; and raw surviving footage of "The Inside of the White Slave Traffic."
 

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