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by Nigel M Smith
May 1, 2012 10:13 AM
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Why 'Haywire' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD Picks This Week

"Bird of Paradise" Kino Classics
#3. "Bird of Paradise: Kino Classics Edition"

The 1932 black-and-white exotic romance "Bird of Paradise," gets a second life with a gorgeous restoration for DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Classics. The Golden Age classic, directed by King Vidor ("Duel in the Sun") and featuring a score by legendary composer Max Steiner ("King Kong," "Gone With the Wind."), centers on Johnny (Joel McCrea), an adventuous young sailor who falls in love with the daughter of an island chief following an accident at sea that leaves him stranded. Their bond is tested when Johnny's young love is put up for sacrifice by a neighboring island to appease the gods.

#4. "Cirkus Columbia"

From Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land") comes this touching festival favorite about war and its consequences. Set in 1991, when the communists have fallen from power in Bosnia, "Cirkus Columbia" centers on Divko Buntic, a man who returns to his hometown after a 20-year exile in Germany, to rekindle his relationship to a son he's never met.

Extras: The film's theatrical trailer, along with trailers of other Strand Releasing titles.

#5. "W.E."

The critics were right for the most part; Madonna's misguided "W.E." is a misfire for the Material Girl. But it's also an admirably ambitious one, and one's that undeniably looks great (there's a reason the film was nominated for Best Costume Design at this year's Academy Awards). In the romance, Andrea Riseborough gives a commanding turn as Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) gave up the throne. Abbie Cornish also makes a strong impression as Wally Winthrop, an unhappily married New Yorker who finds solace in the famous affair between the two, sixty years after the fact. For curiosity's sake alone, we advise you to give "W.E." a go.

Go HERE for our interview with Madonna.

Extras: Included is a featurette on the making of "W.E."

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1 Comment

  • Andrea | May 1, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    W./E. by Madonna is a surprise movie, critics have been blind with this drama, everything Madonna makes in movie world is wrong, why? This portrait atemporal of two women is riched with pathos, vibrant, tecnichal more than ok...a great movie costumes (Costume Designer Guild winner, and nominated to Academy Awards) are a masterpiece, music by Abel Korzeniowski (2 Cue Awards winner, nominated to Golden Globes and Critics of Film Music Award) is the best i've heard from years, Andrea Riseborough (Hollywood Award winner for spotlight actrees) is a perfect Wallis Simpson and promises to be one of best actrees of her generation, art direction and lights are amazing, and the song Masterpiece (Golden Globe winner) is fantastic. What does aspect from a film then better??? Great job from Ciccone, she has e great talent as director!