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Why 'Margaret' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

"Margaret" Fox Searchlight
This week on DVD and Blu-ray: Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed and widely praised follow-up to his breakout indie "You Can Count On Me"; the latest drama from "About a Boy" director Paul Weitz; China's most expensive film ever; a harrowing look at Mixed Martial Arts; and every episode of one of the most beloved shows of all time.
 

#1. "Margaret"

Chances are you've heard of "Margaret," Kenneth Lonergan's follow-up to "You Can Count On Me," but have yet to see it. Well, here's your chance.

Lonergan's sophomore feature opened in only two theaters last Septembers via Fox Searchlight, after years of troubled post-production that saw the filmmaker get sued and cut multiple versions of the film. Once "Margaret" finally did land, it didn't stand much of chance given its extremely release, despite a stellar ensemble cast that includes (wait for it) Anna Paquin, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, Jean Reno Matt Damon, Allison Janney, Jeannie Berlin and J. Smith-Cameron.

"Many of the critics who did get to see the movie hailed it as a masterpiece, but even naysayers couldn't deny its ambition," Eric Kohn wrote in his review. "The story of privileged Manhattan teenager Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) coping with her role in a tragic accident while coming to grips with the larger world around her displays a fierce commitment to Lonergan's epic, empathetic vision, blending its coming of age narrative with experimental tangents and operatic crescendos of city life. It's a hard movie to shrug off."

The film's profile has risen since its initial release thanks to an aggressive Twitter campaign -- and its legacy is destined to widen even further with today's release of the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack that includes both the theatrical cut and a highly touted "extended" cut that runs over three hours.

Go HERE for our recent interview with Lonergan, in which he discusses the extended version, and HERE for a rundown of what's different in the new cut.

Extras: Just the extended cut, sadly.


#2. "Being Flynn"

In "Being Flynn," writer Nick Flynn sees his life brought to the screen by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") via an adaptation of his 2004 hit memoir, "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City." In the drama, Paul Dano portrays Nick in his younger years, as a writer seeking to define himself. Still coping with the loss of his mother (Julianne Moore) who took her own life, Flynn is thrown for a loop when his father, Jonathan Flynn (Robert De Niro), reenters his life after an 18-year absence.

Go HERE for a First Person exclusive to Indiewire in which Flynn opens up about seeing his life on celluloid.

Extras: Unfortunately, all you’ll find is a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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