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November 6, 2012 9:32 AM
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Why 'Your Sister's Sister' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister."

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Lynn Shelton's latest acclaimed ensemble comedy; a horror film that creeped out Park City earlier this year; the epic doc trilogy that came before "West of Memphis"; the third entry in the popular Spanish "[REC]" series; and an all-star film adaptation of "La Ronde."

#1. "Your Sister's Sister" Criticwire Page

Lynn Shelton ("Humpday") might have assembled her highest-profile cast to date for her new feature "Your Sister's Sister," but don't let the presence of Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt fool you -- this drama is as raw and unpredictable as they come. Blunt plays Iris, sister to Hannah (DeWitt), who invites her friend Jack (Mark Duplass) to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. Little does he know that she harbors deep feelings for him. So when Jack sleeps with Hannah following some ill-advised tequila shots, Iris doesn't take the news too well.

Citing Shelton's last effort, "Humpday," Eric Kohn wrote in his review of the film out of Toronto, "'Your Sister's Sister' is another highly enjoyable relationship comedy, but a far quieter and contained work. Fortunately, Shelton stays within the boundaries of the material without overextending it, reaffirming the effectiveness of her homegrown approach."

Extras: Filmmaker and crew commentary; special commetary with Shelton and Duplass; and the film's trailer.


#2. "The Pact" Criticwire Page

After debuting his creepy short "The Pact" at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Nicholas McCarthy returned a year later to Park City with his feature film, which shares a titled with and expanded on the original. McCarthy's stellar debut played well with horror fans and critics, culminating in a coveted distribution deal with IFC Films. The film centers on a Annie (Caity Lotz), a rebellious young woman who returns home to attend her much-despised mother's funeral. Upon spending a night in her childhood home, she begins to sense a mysterious presence, one that leads her to uncover something terrible about her mother's mysterious past. Cue the frights.

READ MORE: FUTURES: 'The Pact' Writer/Director Nicholas McCarthy On Going From Arty Shorts to Mainstream Horror

Extras: Director's commentary; the making-of doc "A Haunting in San Pedro"; and the trailer.


#3. "The Paradise Lost Trilogy Collector's Edition" Criticwire Page

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofky's landmark documentary series that sparked an international movement to "Free the West Memphis Three" arrives for the first time packaged together in a collector's edition set full of never-before-seen footage and interviews with the filmmakers. With unprecedented access to all the players involved, Berlinger and Sinofky investigated the gruesome 1993 murder of three eight-year-old boys and the three teenagers accused of killing them as part of a Satanic ritual, and tracked the shocking aftermath following the trials.

READ MORE: NYFF REVIEW | "Paradise Lost 3" Ends a Saga of Injustice, But Many Questions Remain

Extras: 20-page collectible booklet of rare period photography from the filmmaker's personal archives; a never-before-seen full interview with Jason Baldwin on the first morning after his release from prison; deleted scenes and bonus footage; press day panel discussion with the West Memphis Three; filmmakers interviews; timeline of events; and trailers.

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