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Why the Director's Cut of 'Little Shop of Horrors' Tops Indiewire's DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 9, 2012 at 10:15AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: "Little Shop of Horrors," the way it was meant to be seen; a surprise nominee for Best Animated Feature at this year's Oscars; a fitting send-off to LCD Soundsystem; a period thriller that marks a return to form for John Cusack; and a heated modern-day adaptation of "La Ronde."  

#4. "The Raven"

In "The Raven," John Cusack stars as 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe, an author with a dark and troubled past remembered for horror stories like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" as well as for spearheading the detective fiction genre. Cusack's no-holds-barred turn as Poe recalls his adventurous roles in "Being John Malkovich" and "High Fidelity," unpredictable performances miles away from his recent work. The film, helmed by James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta"), takes Poe's mysterious death as a jumping off point for a fictionalized account of the writer's last days, during which Poe is tasked with helping track down a serial killer whose gruesome murders mirrors those in Poe's own stories.

READ MORE: John Cusack Talks Playing Edgar Allen Poe

Extras: Audio commentary with McTeigue and the film's producers; deleted and extended scenes; and a number of featurettes that delve into the making of the film.

#5. "30 Beats"

A loose and heated adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde," this low-budget indie centers on ten disparate New Yorkers on the hunt for a sexual encounter during a summer heat wave. Condola Rashad (daughter to actress Phylicia Rashad) Jennifer Tilly, Lee Pace, Paz de la Huerta and Justin Kirk all star.

READ MORE: FUTURES: '30 Beats' Star and Tony Nominee Condola Rashad Talks Her Upcoming Turn in 'Steel Magnolias' Remake

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