This week on DVD and Blu-ray “Fish Tank” finally drops via Criterion, Robert Duvall teams up with Bill Murray and “Memento” celebrates its 10th anniversary.
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“Fish Tank” Finally Drops
The Deal: Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Andrea Arnold’s acclaimed second feature, “Fish Tank,” finally lands on DVD and Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection. Employing a similarly intimate and frank approach that marked her first feature, “Red Road,” Arnold’s “Fish Tank” finds her exploring the tough suburbs of Essex, England.
Sensational newcomer Katie Jarvis plays Mia, a foul-mouthed 15 year-old with aspirations to become a hip-hop dancer despite her dire predicaments at home. When her mother brings home an attractive new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender), Mia becomes immediately smitten with the stranger.
“Arnold’s combustible first feature, “Red Road,” wedded British kitchen sink realism with moody expressionism, a marriage she revisits and intensifies with “Fish Tank,” wrote Eric Hynes in his review of the film for indieWIRE. “Her two films are as unsentimental as they are sensitive, and so attuned to the messy modalities of behavior that even tallies of fear and heartbreak accumulate with dignity. Urban living’s concrete drabness is both bemoaned and limned with color and grace, the smallest and most desolate corner yet capable of offering escape and earthbound pleasure. Her characters may not transcend their place in the world, but at least they’re allowed to fully inhabit it.”
Extras: All three of Arnold’s short films (“Milk,” “Dog” and the Oscar-winning “Wasp”); a new video interview with actor Kierston Wareing; an interview with Fassbender from 2009; audition footage; a stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner; the film’s original theatrical trailer; plus a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Robert Duvall Gets “Low”
The Deal: Robert Duvall earned a heap of praise last year for his turn as a crotchety old hermit in Aaron Schneider’s feature directorial debut, “Get Low.” Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray round out the cast for this 1930s Tennessee set tale that revolves around a bitter man (Duvall) coming to terms with a 40-year old secret.
Extras: Audio commentary with Duvall, Spacek, Schneider and producer Dean Zanuck; the featurettes “The Deep South: Buried Secrets,” “Getting Low: Getting Into Character” and “A Screenwriter’s Point of View;” a filmed cast and crew Q&A; and footage from the film’s opening night red carpet. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Vincent Cassel Kills It In “Mesrine: Killer Instinct: Part 1”
The Deal: Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) picked up the Cesar award for Best Actor for his turn as French gangster Jacques Mesrine in Jean-Francois Richet’s violent biopic. Hitting shelves today is the first half of the two-part saga.
Extras: Two behind the scenes ‘making of’ featurettes and the film’s thearical trailer. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
“Memento” Turns 10
The Deal: Before “The Dark Knight” and “Inception,” Christopher Nolan became a known name among cinephiles for this trippy thriller that begs multiple viewings. Starring Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man unable to form new memories, “Memento” tracks Leonard’s journey to hunt down the man who raped and murdered his wife.
Extras: “Remembering Memento,” a 10-year anniversary look back on the making of the film; an IFC interview with Nolan; audio commentary featuring Nolan; the film’s feature script’ a tattoo gallery; “Memento Mori,” a short story by Nolan’s brother, Jonathan Nolan; and more. Available on Blu-ray.
“Sweet Smell of Success” Smells Even Sweeter on Criterion
The Deal: The Criterion Collection offers up Alexander Mackendrick’s (“The Ladykillers”) classic 1957 film noir that pairs Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis in a behind-the-scenes look at Manhattan’s showbiz world.
Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar James Naremore; “Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away,” 1986 documentary featuring interviews with Mackendrick, Burth Lancaster, producer James Hill and more; “James Wong Howe: Cinematographer,” a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography; a new video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick; the film’s original theatrical trailer; and more. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.