From the Big Screen:
This Week's Best Bet:
A painterly and sensual immersion in late 19th-century Italian farm life, "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" (1978) by Ermanno Olmi lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated estate in the province of Bergamo, Italy. Filming on an abandoned farm for four months, Olmi adapted neorealist techniques to tell his story, enlisting local people to live as their own ancestors had, speaking in their native dialect on locations with which they were intimately familiar. Through the cycle of seasons, of backbreaking labor, love and marriage, birth and death, faith and superstition, Olmi naturalistically evokes an existence very close to nature, one that celebrates its beauty, humor, and simplicity but also acknowledges the feudal cruelty that governs it. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1978, "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" is intimate in scale but epic in scope — a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a new 4K restoration, created in collaboration with The Film Foundation at L'Immagine Ritrovata and supervised by director Ermanno Olmi, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.
From TV to DVD:
"Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection" (1993-2011) is a 12-DVD set that includes all four volumes of the television series, plus the special collector’s edition of the movie "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America." From Paramount … "Deep Water" (2016 — Australia) is a two-disc set with four episodes of the thrilling four-part Australian drama inspired by true events. Noah Taylor ("Game of Thrones") and Yael Stone ("Orange is the New Black") star as detectives assigned a brutal murder case in Bondi, where they begin to discover mounting evidence to suggest the killing is connected to a spate of unexplained deaths, “suicides,” and disappearances of gay men throughout the 80s and 90s. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Acorn Media … "Mercy Street Season 2" (2017) is a two-disc set with six episodes of the much-acclaimed Civil War-era drama set in the occupied city of Alexandria, Virginia. Allegiances blur, loyalties shift and the drama intensifies as the scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel commandeered by Northern troops to serve as a Union hospital. The series follows the doctors, nurses and soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans and other residents of the war-torn city, as they navigate the new world emerging from the most cataclysmic event in our country’s history. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … "Quarry: The Complete First Season" (2016) is a three-disc set with all eight episodes. Set in and around Memphis during the early 1970s, the action drama centers on the character of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home from a second tour of duty in Vietnam. With his relationship with his wife Joni growing tenuous, Mac finds himself tempted by a lucrative offer from The Broker, a shady criminal involved in a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. After a series of events, Mac — whom The Broker codenames "Quarry" — finds himself conscripted against his better judgment into The Broker's crew, a turn of events that has dire consequences for both himself and Joni. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO.