Tuesday, February 26th will have the following releases:
- “The Master” (2012): This drama film, directed by P.T. Anderson, is about a WWII veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who returns to America, but has trouble adjusting to “normal life”. He enlists the help of a religious movement leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and ends up joining the cause and begins spreading the message. This film was nominated for three Academy awards this year, all in the acting categories. Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor (Hoffman) and Best Supporting Actress for Amy Adams.
- “The Diary of a Chambermaid” (1946): Acclaimed director Jean Renoir made many great films in his career. Unfortunately he also made a handful of films that have been forgotten… until now, as this drama is being released for the first time in America on any home media. The film stars Paulette Goddard as Celeste, who takes a job in the country in an attempt to meet (and catch) a wealthy man for herself.
- “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994): One of the Coen brothers’ premiere offbeat comedies, “The Hudsucker Proxy” stars Tim Robbins, Paul Newman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It is as unusual a comedy as you will find, about a simple, idealistic inventor and his rise to success under false pretenses.
- “Sansho the Bailiff” (1954): This film, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, is the tale of two children raised in a slave camp. Each grows up with a different set of beliefs and values, based on their experiences. “Sansho the Bailiff” has previously been released as part of the Criterion Collection, but now it will be released on blu-ray as well. This film has become an acclaimed classic due to its superior cinematography and directing style, and stars Kyoko Kagawa and Yoshiaki Hanayagi. “Sansho the Bailiff” was released directly following Mizoguch’s most famous film, “Ugetsu” (1953).
- “Strangers in the Night” (1944): This rarely seen or talked about Anthony Mann mystery came early in Mann’s career. The plot revolves around a mentally unstable woman who invents an imaginary daughter and begins a correspondence with a soldier. When the soldier shows up at her home things begin to spiral out of control, and the result promises to be full of suspense.
- “Chasing Mavericks” (2012): This is the biographical film about the legendary surfer Jay Moriarity. It stars Johnny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer and Scott Eastwood, and was co-directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted.
- “Lady for a Night” (1942): Few on-screen pairs seem as mismatched as John Wayne and Joan Blondell, but somehow this film makes it work. Blondell runs a gambling boat, but she becomes involved in a murder investigation when someone attempts to have her killed.
- “Chronicle of a Summer” (1961): This film is an experimental documentary that was made by Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch. The idea was to see if people could act realistic in front of a camera. This is another film being released this week through the Criterion Collection, and will be released on both DVD and blu-ray.
- “She Devil” (1957): Two biochemists develop a self healing serum and decide to test it on a young woman with tuberculosis. Their serum heals the woman, but it also turns her into monster. This film is not praised for its originality or its story, but has been sought out for having decent direction and marvelous cinematography.
Also, this Saturday, March 2nd, will see the release of:
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” (2012): The winner of this year’s “Razzie” for Worst Picture of the Year is now available for you to take home. Do you know what’s great about this film coming to DVD and blu-ray today? It’s the last one of these films, and hopefully they will soon all be forgotten!