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

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 20, 2012 at 11:36AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Eight foul-mouthed and gory greats from an Academy Award-winning auteur; an overlooked Western well worth a second chance; four horror films that make today's genre output seem tame by comparison; a sprawling documentary courtesy of Ken Burns; and a charming directorial debut from one of the "X-Men" (or Women, rather).
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#4. "Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl"

Having just aired on PBS, Ken Burns' remarkably expansive documentary "The Dust Bowl" lands on DVD Tuesday for those that missed it. The film examines the 1930s ecological disaster that devasted the Great Plains, displacing hundreds of thousands of people who were forced to leave their homes in search of new means of survival. Burns combines archival footage and interviews with survivors of the era to create a wrenching portrait of the time. This Friday also sees the release of Burns' latest doc, "The Central Park Five."

Extras: None.


#5. "Bringing Up Bobby"

"X-Men" and "Goldeneye" star Famke Janssen makes her screenwriting and directing debut with "Bringing Up Bobby," a family drama that stars Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman that cuts close to home for the Dutch-born actress. In the drama, Jovovich plays Olive, a nomadic European con artist trying to build a better future in Oklahoma for her and her 10-year-old American-born son.

READ MORE: In Her Own Words: 'X-Men' Star Famke Janssen Shares an Exclusive Scene From Her Writing-Directing Debut 'Bringing Up Bobby'

Extras: Audio commentrary by Janssen, executive producer Cole Frates and actor Rory Cochrane; an on-location featurette with the cast; and a Q&A courtesy of the Savannah Film Festival.

This article is related to: Small Screens, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Bringing Up Bobby, Ken Burns, The Dust Bowl, Quentin Tarantino, New On DVD, On Blu-Ray, Famke Janssen, Heaven's Gate







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