Armchair Cinephile 

PICK OF THE WEEK:
Jean-Luc Godard (Box Set)
(Lionsgate)

One out-of-print JLG favorite (First Name: Carmen) joins first-time DVD editions of assorted ’80s/’90s highlights in this three-discer that draws on everything from film noir to Greek myths for subject
matter.

Great World of Sound
(Magnolia)

A “small” movie in the best sense, this indie played some festivals and vanished — undeservedly, given its fresh, anti-Hollywood take on the kinds of moral compromises a man will make when he really needs a job.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
(Warner Bros.)

One of the most debated films of the fall — it’s a masterpiece or a pompous flop, depending whom you believe — arrives in Blu-ray that captures every Malick-esque waving blade of grain.

The Brave One
(Warner Bros.)

If Rambo has earned a return to the screen, why not revive the Death Wish genre as well? Just so long as you liven it up with a twist — like making the avenging angel a woman, for once. Make the woman Jodie Foster and the director Neil Jordan, and it’ll be a must-see even if the critics aren’t sure what to make of it.

WELCOME REISSUES: Two old reliables, Billy Wilder’s bittersweet The Apartment (MGM) and Sidney Pollack’s no-bitter-just-sweet Tootsie (Sony) came out so early in the DVD game that they really needed new editions. Happily, both get substantive new features this time out — if only they were on high-def as well.


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