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Why Stanley Kubrick's 'Fear and Desire' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 23, 2012 at 12:35PM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Stanley Kubrick's oft-ignored feature debut, Kirby Dick's shocking expose on rape in the U.S. military, the latest from Danish troublemaker Mads Brügger, John Schlesinger's acclaimed follow-up to "Midnight Cowboy" and Steven Soderbergh's summer sleeper hit.  
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#4. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (The Criterion Collection)

John Schlesinger followed his X-rated (at the time of its release) "Midnight Cowboy" with "Sunday Bloody Sunday," a film no less ahead of its time. A deeply personal take on love and sex, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" centers on two Londoners -- a middle-aged doctor (Peter Finch) and a divorcee (Glenda Jackson) -- who are sleeping with the same man (Murray Head). The Criterion Collection debuts the film on Blu-ray in a new, restored, high-definition transfer, supervised by director of photography Billy Williams.

Extras: New video interviews with Head, Williams and production designer Luciana Arrighi; illustrated 1975 audio interview with Schlesinger; new interview with writer William J. Mann ("Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger") about the making of "Sunday Bloody Sunday"; new interview with photographer Michael Childers, Schlesinger’s longtime partner; trailer; and a booklet featuring a new essay and screenwriter Penelope Gilliatt’s 1971 introduction to the film’s screenplay.

#5. "Magic Mike"

Steven Soderbergh has a reputation for being unpredictable when selecting his projects, but even his biggest fans were no doubt thrown for a loop when he announced that he was pairing up with Channing Tatum for a male stripper pic based loosely on Tatum's past. With Soderbegh at the helm, the result is less "Showgirls" than "The Girlfriend Experience," another film from the director that tackles the economy from a unique perspective. In "Magic Mike," Tatum stars as the titular stripper, a fledgling entrepreneur just trying to get by. Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and promising newcomer Cody Horn co-star. "The opposite of camp, 'Magic Mike' is conventionally jolly despite appearances to the contrary," wrote Eric Kohn in his review. "Only Soderbergh could turn a movie about male strippers into a universal crowdpleaser."

READ MORE: Steven Soderbergh on 'Haywire,' 'Magic Mike' and Why He's Given Up on 'Serious Movies'

Extras: Included on the DVD release is the "Backstage on Magic Mike" featurette. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release also includes extended dance scenes and a Dance Play mode that allows you to play all the dance sequences back to back. Yeah, you heard that right.

This article is related to: Small Screens, DVD / Blu-Ray, On Blu-Ray, Fear and Desire, Magic Mike, The Ambassador, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Invisible War, Fear and Desire, Stanley Kubrick





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