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Armchair Cinephile 

PICK OF THE WEEK:

Watching Larry David stumble through every disaster of decorum known to modern man may sometimes be unnerving, but it never gets old. Remarkably, at six seasons, the show has now lasted two-thirds as long as the mega-hit, Seinfeld, in whose shadow it dwells.

It’s true that this latest Body Snatchers remake drew the most blah reviews so far — it wasn’t even screened for critics. But we’re game for any take on the ever-adaptable allegory; we just wish Warner had included the rumored early-cut by director Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose work was amended by hired directorial guns before release.

A late addition to the much-loved box set of Lewton films, this
Scorsese-endorsed doc about the producer of moody RKO horror flicks is also available on its own.

KINGS APLENTY: Michael Douglas goes indie in King of California (First Look; DVD, Blu-ray, and HD-DVD), and a vintage arcade game brews venomous rivalries in the doc The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (New Line). The King of Kings is seen from a skewed point of view in Sony’s “Immaculate Edition” of Monty Python’s Life of Brian (standard and Blu-ray). And while his nickname may translate as “lord” or “master” more accurately than “king,” a DVD release of the Charlton Heston epic El Cid (Weinstein Co.) is long overdue.


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