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Why 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' Tops This Week's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 29, 2012 at 9:55AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: A mother/son drama you should avoid at all costs from watching with your mother; Ralph Fiennes' stellar directorial debut; a touching documentary on the life of Harry Belafonte; a revealing look at legendary designer Halston; and two Ingmar Bergman classics restored by The Criterion Collection.  
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"We Need To Talk About Kevin"
Oscilloscope Laboratories "We Need To Talk About Kevin"

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: A mother/son drama you should avoid at all costs from watching with your mother; Ralph Fiennes' stellar directorial debut; a touching documentary on the life of Harry Belafonte; a revealing look at legendary designer Halston; and two Ingmar Bergman classics restored by The Criterion Collection.
 

#1. "We Need To Talk About Kevin"

The incomparable Tilda Swinton gives one of her most memorable leading turns in "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Lynne's Ramsay anticipated follow-up to "Movern Callar," which came out a decade ago. Luckily Ramsay's lost none of her edge, and she has her perfect collaborator in Swinton.

Based on Lionel Shriver's 2003 award-winning novel, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" stars Swinton as a free-spirited and career orientated woman who gives birth to a boy she never warms to. The film is told in flashbacks, leading up to a horrifying incidient of which her son, Kevin (Ezra Miller), is the culprit.

"Swinton delivers a breathtakingly fragile performance as Eva, whose 15-year-old son Kevin sits in jail while she lives in the shadow of his murderous act," wrote Eric Kohn in his review. "But she's hardly without culpability, having apparently resented her son's existence since his birth. Nothing is certain in Ramsay's version of the events. Following her stylistic tendencies in 'Ratcatcher' and the delectable quasi-noir 'Morvern Callar,' the director masterfully conveys her troubled protagonist's subjectivity."

Go HERE for our interview with Ramsay.

Extras: A 27-minute behind-the-scenes documentary in which cast and crew share thoughts on the story and the film itself; an 18-minute Q&A with Swinton, conducted at the Telluride Film Festival; a red carpet interview with Shriver; along with the film's trailer.


#2. "Coriolanus"

With the action-packed film adaptation of Shakespeare's rarely performed political thriller "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes made the leap from two-time Academy Award-nominated actor to rookie director.
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate played Coriolanus in a 2000 London stage production. In his film version, adapted by John Logan ("The Aviator"), Fiennes returns to the lead role, but updates the setting from ancient Rome to a tumultuous 21st century ridden with 24-hour news networks and guerilla insurgencies.

Go HERE for our interview with Fiennes.

Extras: Included you'll find both a Blu-ray and a DVD copy of the film. Extras include an audio commentary with Fiennes that's entertaining and very informative, and a short making-of documentary.

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