Now in theaters:
The Last Duel (***) Ridley Scott’s latest is a dramatization of the last sanctioned duel in 14th century France between friends turned enemies, Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver). The two men come to the decision after the alleged rape of the former’s wife by the latter. The story is told-Rashomon style-from three different points of view, each section lasting around 45 minutes. While exquisitely staged, shot and acted, the film doesn’t burrow as deep on an emotional level as one might hope although it still offers viewers a few rewards.
New to Disc:
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) The classic tale of a man reduced to nothingness after exposure to a radioactive mist has been given the deluxe treatment with this terrific new release. Extras include new commentary, new conversations and featurettes, archival materials and trailer.
Ratcatcher (1999) Critically acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s debut, a portrait of a poor adolescent boy in mid 70s Scotland, makes its Blu Ray debut. Extras include new and archived interviews, three short films by Ramsay and trailer.
Scream (1996) Wes Craven’s wildly successful horror opus has been given the 4K treatment in a new edition that retains the previous extras from earlier editions along with the new transfer.
Mad Love (1935) Peter Lorre’s portrayal of a mad doctor transplanting a murderer’s hands onto the body of a concert pianist is only one of the delights in this horror classic. Extras include the film’s trailer.
Silence of the Lambs (1991) The five-time Oscar winner gets a 4K upgrade with this new edition that also retains many of the previously issued extras along with new commentary by Tim Lucas.
Come September (1961) Robert Mulligan directs this comedy of romantic infidelity which stars Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee. Extras include new commentary and the film’s trailer.
Change of Habit (1969) Mary Tyler Moore co-stars as a nun falling for a doctor (Elvis Presley, in his last non concert film) assisting the underprivileged in the inner city. Extras include a new commentary and the film’s trailer.
Live at Mister Kelly’s (2021) The legendary Chicago nightclub is the subject of this documentary directed by Theodore Bogosian which features a who’s who list of talent sharing their recollections.
Yokai Monsters Collection (1968-2005) This trilogy of Japanese monster movies inspired by ancient folklore has been issued in one set. Films included are 100 Monsters, Spook Warfare and Along With Ghosts. Extras include interviews, booklet, commentaries and documentaries.
Corridor of Mirrors (1948) An artist believes he and his lover are the reincarnation of subjects in a very old painting in this British thriller. No Extras.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Morgan Neville’s directs this documentary about the life of the legendary chef, writer and all-around adventurer. No extras.
Final Set (2020) A former tennis prodigy attempts to make it to the French Open one more time in this drama. Extras include a bonus Q and A with the director.