Armchair Cinephile

LET'S MAKE FUN OF EVERYBODY: Surely, the disc that'll get the most spins in my house this week is Borat, which I've already seen three times and will probably watch until I can translate Sasha Baron Cohen's fake Kazakh into English. But Fox isn't stopping there — they keep the festival of mockery going with Confetti, a faux-doc about the most horiffic theme-weddings imaginable, and a four-disc (!?) collection of Revenge of the Nerds. (Am I the only one who never heard of volumes three and four?) Choosing to celebrate instead of deride offbeat characters, The Full Monty gets a new two-disc edition this week.

Fox goes highbrow with The Ernest Hemingway Collection, the man's-man's stories incarnated by actors from Paul Newman and Gregory Peck to Tyrone Power, John Garfield, and Errol Flynn.

Even more hours of literary fun arrive in Warner's Literary Classics Collection, offering Melville and Madame Bovary, a few Musketeers, and a dueling pair of Prisoners of Zenda.

A FINE ROMANCE: James Caan has mere hours to figure Marsha Mason out in Cinderella Liberty; Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow get started with a one-night stand in John & Mary; John Beck plays Susan Sarandon off Marie-France Pisier in The Other Side of Midnight (Fox)

Peter Pan (Platinum Edition) (Buena Vista): Did you know there have been well over a dozen film and TV versions of this yarn? I think this is the only one I need to see, though I admit I didn’t think Hook was such a horrible idea.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin 2 (Lions Gate): One of my favorite so far in the dicey Best of series, possibly because it gets to draw from nearly the show's beginning to the present day.

Radio On (PlexiFilm): Wim Wenders co-produced and Sting drops in for his first dip in the film-acting pond, but this B&W mystery is most notable for a soundtrack that's a 1979 time capsule of Bowie, Fripp, and Kraftwerk.

FROM RUSSIA WITH CELLULOID: Kino hops throught the history of Russian film this week, with Aleksandr Askoldov's 1967 Commissar, Marina Razbezhkina's 2004 Harvest Time, and the original, 300-minute Russian cut of Sergei Gerasimov's 1957"Soviet Gone With the Wind," Quiet Flows the Don (Kino).


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