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by Nigel M Smith
August 14, 2012 10:35 AM
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Why 'The Raid' Tops Indiewire's 6 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

#3. "The Snowtown Murders"

Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel didn't hold back with his feature directorial debut "The Snowtown Murders," a grisly true account of one of the worst serial killer cases in the country's history. Kurzel's no-holds-barred approach paid off. The film opened via IFC Films after winning the Special Jury Prize at last year's Cannes' Critics Week and picking up a slew of honors at the Australia Film Awards. "The Snowtown Murders" (previously titled "Snowtown" on the festival circuit) follows Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris), a mother raising three boys in South Australia's Snowtown. After discovering that her boyfriend has pedophilic tendencies, she takes in a new man, John Bunting (a terrifying Daniel Henshall), who turns out to be even more vicious that the last. It isn't long before John gets close with Elizabeth's son Jamie (newcomer Lucas Pittaway), a soft-spoken outcast. From there on in, Kurzel's debut shows just how easy it is for a young mind to be corrupted to perform unspeakable acts.

READ MORE: 'The Snowtown Murders' Director Goes Home To Tell a Grisly True Story

Extras: Audio commentary with Kurzel; deleted scenes with commentary by Kurzel; video interviews with the cast; a featurette on the Snowtown crimes; and the theatrical trailer.

#4. "Juan of the Dead"

Every year seems to yield a slew of zombie films, so when a good one pops up, we get excited. "Juan of the Dead" is one of the best to come along in ages. The film takes place in Havana, where zombies have run amok to take over the city. Leave it to forty-year-old slacker Juan to save the day. "In the enjoyable zombedy 'Juan of the Dead,' director Alexander Brugués uses the onslaught of lurching corpses to toy with the country's revolutionary history and struggling underclass," wrote Kohn in his review. "Set in a Havana beset by devastation, Brugués (making his sophomore feature after 2006's 'Personal Belongings') has chosen an easy target and shoots straight. 'Juan of the Dead' is a goofy editorial cartoon peppered with gore."

Extras: Trailer, making-of featurette and some deleted scenes.

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  • Corbyn | August 15, 2012 11:36 PMReply

    I saw the previews for The Raid and I have to say it’s very intriguing. It’s a man’s movie; it’s non-stop action and a angry, riveting plot. The fighting sequences in this movie look ridiculous! tried to reserve the movie at my local kiosk but it’s not available because they’ve all been rented. It kind of makes me wonder how many copies are in one machine. So a Dish co-worker suggested trying Blockbuster @ Home which delivers the movies straight to my door. Blockbuster even allowed me to reserve a copy! How awesome is that? It cuts the unneeded trips to the kiosk and saves me some gas too. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed by this movie and I’m looking forward to kicking back and relaxing this weekend. Kill List sounds like it will be an interesting movie. I find that genre mash-ups appeal to me and I’m sure this one won’t be any different. I love movies that keep me guessing, on the edge of my seat, anticipating the next scene. I think I might just have a guy’s movie night and see if we all like it as much as I think we will.