By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 1, 2012 at 10:13AM
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Steven Soderbergh's first all-out action film; Martin Scorsese's revealing portrait of George Harrison; a classic from the Golden Age; the latest from the director of "No Man's Land"; and Madonna's Oscar-nominated misfire "W.E."
For a director who claims to be nearing retirement, Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh shows no signs of slowing down. His action spy thriller "Haywire," starring MMA superstar Gina Carano (who Indiewire profiled) came out this spring and hits DVD/Blu-ray today; "Magic Mike," his all-star male stripper comedy is opening this summer; and he's set to shoot two films this year -- the thriller "The Bitter Pill" starring Rooney Mara, and his long-in-the-works Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra"; -- and last September saw him release his answer to the disaster movie, "Contagion."
"Haywire" finds Soderbergh mining a striking debut performance from Carano, a first-time actress with a mean left hook. In the thriller, Carano plays Mallory Kane, a freelance covert operative who gets double crossed and does everything in her power (namely, killing a bunch of men) to clear her name. Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender round out the cast.
"Pummeling forward from its first diner-set fight scene to a sweeping final showdown on the beach, 'Haywire' is a literal blast," wrote Eric Kohn in his review. We couldn't agree more. Watch this one with the speakers turned up and the lights dimmed low.
Go HERE for our interview with Soderbergh.
Extras: Included are two featurettes -- one that shows the extensive traning Carano underwent to become an action heroine; and another on the men of "Haywire." Also included in the Blu-ray package is a digital copy of the film.
#2. "George Harrison: Living in the Material World"
Fans of The Beatles will not want to miss this one. Directed by Martin Scorsese, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" is the definitive documentary on the enigmatic band member (its clocks in at a robust three-and-a-half hours). Featuring interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Phil Spector, George Martin, Neil Aspinall, Yoko Ono, Terry Gilliam and Tom Petty, "George Harrison" touches upon the important milestones of the legend's career, while giving surprising insight into the songwriter's spiritual beliefs.
Extras: True fans will want to seek out the deluxe edition of the release, which includes: 2 DVDs; a Blu-ray; a CD featuring some of Harrison's demos; and a 96 page book on his life. Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include additional interviews with many of the film's subjects that didn't make the theatrical cut.