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Why 'Holy Motors' and 'Plague' Top Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 26, 2013 at 11:58AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Indiewire's top film of 2012; one of the most harrowing documentaries of last year; Julia Loktev's haunting follow-up to "Day Night Day Night"; Paul Thomas Anderson's most ambitious film to date; and the live action follow-up to "Persepolis."

#4. "The Loneliest Planet"

Julia Loktev's haunting follow-up to "Day Night Day Night," "The Loneliest Planet," is a slow-burner that follows a couple (Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) whose relationship is tested in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia a few months ahead of their planned American wedding. Nominated for Best Director at the Spirit Awards, "Loneliest Planet" is a film of quiet power that rewards patient viewers with a pay-off worthy of post-screening debate.

Extras: A behind-the-scenes documentary; mountaineering photors; and the film's trailer.

#5. "Chicken With Plums"

From Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the Oscar-nominated filmmakers behind the animated smash "Persepolis," comes this live-action foray that's no less beguiling than their breakout hit. Like "Persepolis," "Chicken With Plums" is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Satrapi. Starring Mathieu Amalric and Isabella Rossellini, the Tehran-set period drama centers on a beloved violinist who has lost all taste for life and confined himself to bed to await death. There he's visitied by the Angel of Death, who coaxes out of him his life story.

Extras: Commenary with Satrapi and Paronnaud and a Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with the filmmakers.

This article is related to: Small Screens, Chicken with Plums, The Master, Holy Motors , The Loneliest Planet, How to Survive a Plague

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