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Why Whit Stillman's 'Disco' and 'Metropolitan' Top Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 24, 2012 at 10:34AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Two of Whit Stillman's most beloved films; the latest Oscar-nominated film by Joseph Cedar; Terrence Davies' fifth narrative feature in over two decades; one of the year's most successful documentaries; and the film that made a scream queen out of Elizabeth Olsen.

#3. "The Deep Blue Sea"

"The Deep Blue Sea" -- which only marks Terrence Davies' fifth narrative feature in over two decades -- is a personal and radical take on Terence Rattigan's classic play. It also serves as stunning showcase for Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz. In the drama, Weisz plays Hester, a woman torn between her barrister husband and a younger lover (Tom Hiddleston). Her sexual awakening is at odds with the climate of Davies' masterfully recreated 1950's London.

Go HERE for our joint interview with Davies and Weisz.

Extras: A collector's booklet; audio commentary with Davies; video interviews with Weisz and Hiddleston; and two featurettes, "Terence Davies' Master Class" and "Realizing the Director's Vision."

#4. "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a visually stunning portrait of Jiro Ono, the chef of what is often called the greatest sushi restaurant on the planet, marks the feature film debut of director David Gelb. He worked alone for several weeks in Jiro's kitchen with just a camera and a translator, capturing Jiro's dedicated routine and artistry. The resulting film is an eloquent look at one of Japan's living national treasures; a treat for food and film lovers alike. The film's gone on to become one of the indie box office success stories of 2012, having made over $2 million domestically since opening in May.

Go HERE for our interview with Gelb.

Extras: Deleted Scenes; audio commentary with Gelb and editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer; and trailer.

#5. "Silent House"

The latest of 'indie it girl' Elizabeth Olsen's films to hit DVD/Blu-ray shelves is "Silent House," a remake of the Spanish horror picture, "La Casa Muda." Like the original, it was shot to look like it's one continuous take. (The poster promises "88 minutes of real fear captured in real time.") Olsen plays a young woman who becomes trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat under mysterious circumstances. The less we say about the plot, the better. Just know that Olsen delivers on the promise she showed in her breakout film, "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Go HERE for our interview with Olsen.

Extras: Audio commentary with directors Chris Kenson and Laura Lau.

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