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by Nigel M Smith
October 9, 2012 10:15 AM
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Why the Director's Cut of 'Little Shop of Horrors' Tops Indiewire's DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

#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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  • SeeingI | October 9, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    I saw the "Little Shop" Director's Cut at Lincoln Center a couple of weeks back - it is spectacular and a little bit disturbing. I can see why test-screening audiences hated it, but I think that today's audiences will be much more receptive to it (especially since 25 years of community theater productions of the play will have let them know what to expect). And the special effects are top-notch!