Armchair Cinephile

The Jason Bourne Collection

PICK OF THE WEEK: The Bourne films are some of the smartest, most aesthetically deft action films mainstream Hollywood has seen fit to make. Assuming the trilogy is complete, video collectors can now put the whole saga on the shelf. Not to worry, high-def fans: Those who have the three individual HD-DVD releases have everything that’s included here.

Two-Lane Blacktop

How many movies get a written endorsement from Tom Waits? His testimonial for this Monte Hellman road-film classic is admittedly brief — just a few lines — but Richard Linklater offers his own, and plenty of new features round out Criterion’s double-disc package.

Lost, Season 3

The “Unexplored Experience” promises to take fans deeper into the mysteries of this hit show’s third season; on Blu-ray, the foliage acquires that much more menace.


Quietly accumulating a body of work as a director, actor Steve Buscemi has now made four features alongside other shorts and TV outings. Make him happy on his birthday — he turns 50 this Thursday — by checking out his latest.

Silent Night, Deadly Night
(Anchor Bay)

I never would have watched this one had Quentin Tarantino not brought it to one of his Austin micro-festivals. Man, am I glad he did — this over-the-top schlockster lives up to its crazed title, making it a good midnight after-feature to a more recent Yuletime cult item: Bad Santa.

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