From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bets:
Long unavailable, Olivier Assayas’s deeply felt coming-of-age drama “Cold Water” (1994) has until now been a missing link in one of contemporary cinema’s richest bodies of work. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. The visceral realism of the movie’s narrative and the near experimentalism of its camera work come together effortlessly thanks to a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period. With one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film as a centerpiece, “Cold Water” is a heartbreaking immersion in the emotional tumult of being young. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, “The Tree of Life” (2011), tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in Texas in the 1950s, as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain, in her breakout role). Shot with nimble attention to life’s most fleeting moments by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Palme d’Or-winning “The Tree of Life” marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick’s singular approach to filmmaking. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. New extended version of the film featuring an additional 50 minutes of footage. From The Criterion Collection.
From TV to Disc:
“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season” (2017-18) is a two-disc set with all 24 episodes. Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory but socially challenged everywhere else. Insert beautiful, street-smart neighbor Penny, who endeavors to teach them a thing or two about the “real” world. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship history, Leonard and Penny have tied the knot. Even Sheldon has entered into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy, and he recently took their relationship to the next level by proposing marriage. Will the possibility of domestic bliss alter the chemistry between these two extreme achievers? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “The Watcher in the Woods” (2017), starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans, Nicholas Galitzine, Dixie Egerickx and Rufus Wright, is Lifetime’s reimagining of the ’80s cult classic film. When Jan Carstairs and her family rent a manor in the idyllic British countryside, the owner, Mrs. Aylwood, notices that Jan bears a striking resemblance to her daughter, Karen, who disappeared over 20 years ago. Mrs. Aylwood warns Jan to stay out of the surrounding woods, and when strange occurrences unnerve the family, Jan suspects they are linked to what happened to Karen. As Jan begins to unravel the truth, she and her little sister, Ellie, may not be able to escape The Watcher in the Woods. From Lionsgate.