It’s a great week for catalogue titles on Blu-ray, with some of the finest “indie” dramas of the last ten years making their bow on the format. Funnily enough, they’re pretty much all sophomore efforts too. Elsewhere, one of the Summers first Blockbusters makes its way to HD, alongside one of the films that defined the 1990’s.
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Disc Of The Week
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s whimsical romantic comedy defined Franco/English language audience relations for much of the past decade, with his tale of a lonely, imagination rich Parisian woman and the people around her capturing the hearts of cinemagoers in the UK and America. Jeunet’s rich and unique world is presented wonderfully on Blu-ray, while the film itself can currently be found in cinemas, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its initial release.
Lost In Translation
While Sofia Coppola’s theatrical debut The Virgin Suicides was an undoubtably impressive debut, it wasn’t until 2003’s Lost In Translation that the director really made her mark on cinema. Directing herself to an Academy Award for best screenplay, and her star, an on-form Bill Murray, to a best actor nomination, Coppola really struck a chord with this often imitated tale of loneliness in the big city.
Requiem For A Dream
Similarly to how Lost In Translation marked that films director’s breakthrough in cinema, it was Darren Aronofsky’s sophomore effort with Requiem For A Dream that announced the arrival of a significant and great American filmic talent.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Again, a sophomore effort from one of the defining voices of American independent cinema, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind saw French filmmaker go “Hollywood”, picking up Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet along the way. Carrey has never been better, nor has Winslet, and the film also marked one of the first of the first great performances from Mark Ruffalo.
Quentin Tarantino set the world of the American film industry alight with Pulp Fiction, his Palme d’Or winning follow-up to the almost as influential Reservoir Dogs. Its easy to forget just how much of an impact Pulp Fiction had on cinema, with its multi-stranded structure opening up the mainstream cinema to a wealth of opportunities. And yes, it’s also a sophomore effort. This really is the week for that.
Possibly Quentin Tarantino’s most under-appreciated film, but equally one of his most fulfilling, Jackie Brown isn’t as instantly gratifying as his earlier work, but it rewards the keen viewer. For a filmmaker such as Tarantino to produce a work as slow burning as Jackie Brown, especially in light of what had gone before surprised everyone, and meant that it wasn’t as well-recieved as the earlier films.
In The Realm Of The Senses
Nagisa Ôshima’s notorious meditation on sexuality finally makes its way to the UK after many years in the censorship wilderness. Julian is going to be tackling this in a future Eastern Premise.
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
Werner Herzog’s ambitious 3D documentary comes to home video with much more of a whimper than a bang. On standard DVD only, eschewing Blu-ray and even Blu-ray 3D for some hopeful later release.
On the other hand, here While no doubt in the minority, we actually quite liked Green Lantern upon theatrical release. It was certainly no worse than most of this summer’s blockbuster output. Check out our earlier review here.