Armchair Cinephile 

She’s Gotta Have It
How the hell did it take so long? Until this week, Spike Lee’s funny, sexy debut film had never been released on DVD in the States. It must be noted that this is the week’s pick movie-wise, not DVD-wise, as there are, inexplicably, no extras whatsoever.

Postwar Kurosawa
Five titles from the Japanese master, four produced just before and just after his international breakthrough Rashomon, this set also includes The Idiot (a Dostoyevsky adaptation), No Regrets for Youth, One Wonderful Sunday, and Scandal.

The Naked Prey
Not to be confused with the other naked favorites on the video shelf (Kiss, City, Lunch, Spur, and Mike Leigh’s just plain Naked), this 1966 adventure owes to pulpy conquering-the-savage yarns, plunking a white colonialist into the African wilderness to see if he can outlast the tribe hunting him.

The Ten
(City Lights)
Supremely silly and occasionally hilarious, this 10 commandments spoof from vets of The State (and some ringers, like the always reliable Paul Rudd) will stop at nothing for a laugh, even going so far as to have Winona Ryder dry-hump a ventriloquist’s dummy

Johnny Suede
(Anchor Bay)
Released the same year as Thelma & Louise, this little indie showed star-to-be Brad Pitt in a whole different light — and weighed him down with a spectacular pompadour that would topple men of lesser torsos.

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