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by Nigel M Smith
February 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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Why 'The Kid With a Bike' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

"The Kid with a Bike" IFC Films

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The latest from the Dardenne brothers; one of the most buzzed-about documentaries of last year; a moving coming-of-age drama that ranks as one of the best high school movies released in a good long while; a charming Sundance character study about a man and his robot; and a "Dangerous Liaisons" adaptation that proves the classic tale has lost none of its bite.

#1. "The Kid With a Bike"

The Palme d'Or winning Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenn ("Rosetta," "L'Enfant") return with this acclaimed French-language drama about an 11-year-old boy (remarkable newcomer Thomas Doret) who turns to a stranger (Cécile de France) after his father (Dardennes' mainstay Jeremie Renier) abandons him. Winner of the Grand Prix (the runner-up prize to the Palme d'Or) at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, "The Kid With a Bike" packs an emotional whallop that feels warranted given the realism the famed directing duo bring to the table.

Extras: A new conversation between film critic Kent Jones and the directors; an interview with de France; a new interview with Doret; "Return to Seraing," a half-hour documentary in which the Dardennes revisit five locations from the film; the film's trailer; plus a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew


#2. "Bully"

A hit at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival where it was swiftly acquired by The Weinstein Company, the documentary "Bully" sheds a harsh and much needed light on the bullying epidemic that's plaguing the American school system. Director Lee Hirsch opens "Bully" by recounting the 2009 suicide of Tyler Long, a teen who took his own life after years of being bullied. Using that horrifying incident as a springboard, Hirsch opens up his film to follow a handful of bullied children across the country, to address what is evidently a country-wide problem.

Extras: The two-disc set includes the Blu-ray and a DVD copy of the film. Extras include a special version of "Bully" edited for a younger audience; six deleted scenes; a handful of making-of featurettes; a "Good Morning America" segment; and a text-based advertisement for a companion book.


#3. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Stephen Chobsky's novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" became something of a "Catcher In The Rye" for the Millennial generation when it was published back in 1999. Over a decade later, Chobsky has written and directed the book's cinematic adaptation himself, and it's a total tear-jerking winner. The film centers on freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman), an outcast at his high school who befriends two outspoken seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), who open him up to new experiences and help him come out of his shell.

Extras: Audio commentary with Chbosky; cast and director audio commentary with Lerman, Watson, Miller and Chbosky; "Best Summer Ever" featurette; deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Chbosky; and dailies.


  • Taylor | February 13, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    There are some really great releases this week, and I have wanted to see a few of those movies for a long time. The Kid with a Bike really piqued my interest when it was first released, and I can’t wait to check it out. A friend that I work with at DISH said that it was one of his favorite movies from last year. I just saw that I could rent it through Blockbuster @Home from DISH, which should save me some money. It love the wide variety of titles that they have because I can keep up with the latest Hollywood blockbusters as well as little indie movies like this!

  • ajshamika | February 13, 2013 2:04 AMReply

    Enjoy English Movies, Hindi Movies, Malayalam Movies, Telugu Movies and so much more. No wonder it’s called your personal blockbuster theatre. on