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Why 'Killer Joe' and 'Arbitrage' Top Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 18, 2012 at 12:30PM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: An NC-17 thriller-comedy hybrid that earns its rating and then some; the financial thriller that reminded us of how good Richard Gere is when paired with the right material; a breakout hit at Sundance from comedian-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia; the latest divisive effort from Spike Lee; and a thriller that will keep you from visiting a doctor for a good long while.  

#4. "Red Hook Summer" (December 21)

Splitting audiences upon premiering amid a ton of buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Spike Lee's coming-of-age film "Red Hook Summer" finds the filmmaker returning to Brooklyn for the sixth time following "She's Gotta Have It," "Do the Right Thing," "Crooklyn," "Clockers" and "He Got Game." His latest centers on a young boy from middle-class Atlanda who spends a summer in the projects of Red Hook with his deeply religious grandfather, dubbed Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse ("The Wire" star Clarke Peters).

Extras: Audio commentary with Lee; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and a music video.

#5. "The Good Doctor" (December 18)

Orlando Bloom and up-and-comer Riley Keough ("Magic Mike") star in this medical thriller from Lance Daly ("Kisses") about an ambitious first year medical resident (Bloom) who's dead set on impressing his colleagues, no matter the consequences. Keough plays the beautiful teenager who's put under his care after being admitted for a kidney infection. Be sure to avoid "The Good Doctor" if you plan to visit the hospital anytime soon. Otherwise, you're good.

Extras: A making-of featurette; AXS-TV's look at "The Good Doctor"; and the film's theatrical trailer.

This article is related to: Small Screens, Red Hook Summer, Killer Joe, Arbitrage, Sleepwalk With Me

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