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DVD Pick of the Week: Lost Highway

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Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope that this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you towards titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.

This week brings with it a selection that includes an Oscar winner, an animated sequel, a failed television series, an Asian import, a new edition of a classic, and a variety of others, both good and bad. Read on for the week's titles that are worthy of your consideration.

Lost Highway. I have been waiting for some time for this movie to finally arrive on DVD. This David Lynch mind twister is a movie that I cannot explain, cannot come close to explaining, and likely never will be able to explain. Also, I have not seen it in a very long time. The movie stars Bill Pullman as a man who's accused of killing his wife, is arrested, and wakes up the next day as a different character (played by a different actor). That is just one of the weird things that happens. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing this again, I just hope that the DVD does the film justice.

The Kite Runner. Based on a popular novel, this film had its theatrical release delayed for fears of backlash in Afghanistan against its young stars. It arrived in December, never reached wide release, nor the level of attention it was expected to receive, and is now arriving on DVD. Now is as good a chance as any to catch up on this tale of friendship and hardship.

The Mist. This Stephen King adaptation is being released in both single- and two-disk editions. Here is a film, adapted by Frank Darabont, that pulls no punches in its depiction of unexplained horrors, especially when the climax hits like a punch to the gut. I found this movie to be completely engrossing and rather scary. It is not exactly the short story, but it does accurately represent the bleak horror of the printed page. Easily among the upper echelon of King adaptations.

Day Break: The Complete Series. This series is like a dramatic televised version of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. Taye Diggs stars in the short-lived series about a man who wakes up, finds himself accused of murder, things happen, and he wakes up to do it all over again. It was not bad, but never found an audience.

The Invisible Man: Season One. This series ran on the Sci Fi Channel at the same time as Farscape, and while it never captured my imagination like the series with the muppets, it was still pretty good. It will definitely be worth rediscovering on DVD.

Bonnie & Clyde: Ultimate Collector's Edition. The Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway film is being re-released in a freshly upgraded version. This is one of those films that is still on my "to watch" list; seems like a good time to rectify that, no? The romanticized look at the career of the infamous bank robbers sounds like the perfect way to spend an evening.

Best of The Price is Right. Four disks and 26 episodes of the classic game show, all in one place. As much as I loved this show growing up, I am not sure how much re-watchability they have…

Wristcutters: A Love Story. A boy commits suicide and ends up in some sort of limbo where Tom Waits is looking for his dog. Sounds weird. I wanted to see this one on the big screen, but it never came to my town. Now I can take a look and see what the fuss was all about.

Them. Also known as Ils, this film looks pretty creepy as it takes a look at a home invasion. This is from the same directors as The Eye from earlier this year. This earlier film looks to be considerably more effective in creating a creepy, suspenseful mood — that is, if the trailers are anything to judge a film by.

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains. This documentary was originally entitled Man from Plains, but audiences had no idea what they were getting into, hence the addition of the subject to the title. I have heard pretty good things about it, perhaps I will give it a shot now.

Walk the Line: Extended Cut. The Oscar winning biopic is back with an extended cut. I wonder if it makes the film any better? It is not that it is a bad movie, not by any stretch, but the execution felt a little dry. I am interested in seeing how the longer run time impacts the overall film.

Voltron: Defender of the Universe – Paradise Lost. A direct-to-DVD animated film based on the classic cartoon from the '80s. I know next to nothing about this release, but I did love that show as a kid. I am going to have to give this a spin.

PTU: Police Tactical Unit. A surreal Johnnie To excursion that took three years to film. It is the story of an officer who loses his gun and the lengths to which he goes to get it back. Stylish looking film, if a bit slow.

Shrooms. What would happen if you and your friends headed off into the woods, ate some shrooms and began to see things, horrible things, that turned out to be real? This movie answers that question.

That is all for this week!

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  • RJ

    Lost Highway is one of the most messed up movies ever, I don’t think I will ever understand it.