From the Big Screen:
“Dracula Untold” and “John Wick.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week’s Best Bet:
After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with “Every Man for Himself” (1980), a work of social commentary, star-driven and narrative while remaining defiantly intellectual and visually cutting-edge. “Every Man for Himself,” featuring a script by Jean-Claude Carriere (“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”) and Anne-Marie Mieville (“Ici et ailleurs”), looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people — a television producer (“Van Gogh’s” Jacques Dutronc), his ex-girlfriend (“The Return of Martin Guerre’s” Nathalie Baye), and a prostitute (“White Material’s” Isabelle Huppert) — to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom. Made 20 years into his career, the film was, according to Godard, a second debut. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include “Le scenario” (1979), a short video created by Godard to secure financing for “Every Man for Himself”; a new video essay by critic Colin MacCabe; new interviews with actor Isabelle Huppert and producer Marin Karmitz; archival interviews with actor Nathalie Baye, cinematographers Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky, and composer Gabriel Yared; two back-to-back 1980 appearances by Godard on “The Dick Cavett Show”; “Godard 1980,” a short film by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, featuring Godard; and an essay by critic Amy Taubin. From The Criterion Collection.
Also due this week are Blu-ray versions of three Studio Ghibli animated classics: “Pom Poko,” “Porco Rosso,” “Tales From Earthsea.” From Disney.
From TV to DVD:
StarVista Entertainment/Time Life has released the latest installment in the classic TV series “The Wonder Years”: “The Wonder Years: The Complete Second Season” (1988-89) is a four-disc set with 17 episodes, $39.95. In this season, Kevin confronts the day-to-day pressures of junior high school life: kids don’t know what they want, and the girls are just as confused as the boys. On the home front, older brother Wayne continues his bullying ways, but Kevin fights back and grows some backbone. However, his inner strength is tested when he participates in a class walkout to protest the Vietnam War, and joins his pals Paul Pfeiffer and Winnie Cooper to stop developers from destroying Harper’s Woods, the site of many happy childhood memories. With over four dozen songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts with classics by Bob Dylan, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Cream, Bing Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Traffic, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Taylor, Nat King Cole,The Miracles, Judy Collins, Donovan and many others.