From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bets
Here’s a delightful, often overlooked gem from director Howard Hawks, starring a notoriously suave and daredevil Cary Grant and the always lovely, bewitching Jean Arthur, and featuring Hawks’ penchant for verbal wit and visual craftsmanship. “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939) stars Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome yet aloof pilot, played by Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, featuring Oscar-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth in a small but breakout role, explores Hawks’s recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.
“The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun” (2015 — France) is a very stylish psychological thriller about a beautiful secretary who uses her absent boss’ blue Thunderbird to go joyriding in the South of France but ends up involved in murder and intrigue — and begins to doubt her own sanity. After she shuttles her boss and his family to the airport where they depart on a short vacation, Dany (Freya Mavor) decides to take a fantasy joyride along the Mediterranean coast — but her trip quickly turns into a nightmare. At every stop along the way, people recognize her — even though she’s never been there before. And to make matters worse, a dead body is discovered inside the trunk of the car. Has she lost her mind? Director and comic book writer Joann Sfar (“The Rabbi’s Cat,” “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life”) puts his graphic novel background to good use here with interesting dissolves, split screens, diagrams, flashbacks, flashforwards and flashsideways super-saturated colors and oblique camerawork. It’s a fun and mysterious ride, highlighted by the gorgeous lead whom the camera just loves. Co-stars Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano and Stacy Martin. The film is based on a novel by Sebastien Japrisot (“One Deadly Summer,” “A Very Long Engagement”); it was originally turned into a film of the same name in 1970 by Anatole Litvak with Samantha Eggar (as Dany), Oliver Reed, John McEnery and Stephane Audran. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
From TV to DVD:
In “Don Matteo, Sets 13-15,” Terence Hill stars as a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He’s a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn’t want to help and his easygoing manner endears him to people, making it easy for them to reveal their secrets when they get into trouble. His friend and chess partner is Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn’t at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he’s in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. “Don Matteo, Set 13” includes episodes 129 – 141, “Don Matteo, Set 14” includes episodes 142 – 155, and “Don Matteo, Set 15” includes episodes 156 – 168. Each four-disc set retails for $39.95. From MHz Home Entertainment … “Grace and Frankie: Season One” (2015) is a three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this wildly original, honest look at two frenemies who form an unlikely bond after their lives are flipped upside down — and permanently intertwined — when their husbands (Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal they are gay and in love with each other. From Lionsgate … “Heroes Reborn: Event Series” (2015-16) is a four-disc set with all 13 episodes. From Tim Kring, the creator of the global phenomenon “Heroes” comes this wildly imaginative and thrilling new volume in the “Heroes” universe featuring a host of new characters with startling powers. After a massive terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, evolved humans are blamed for the tragic event, forcing them into hiding or on the run from those seeking retribution. The conflict between humans and evolved humans — dubbed “Evos” — escalates into all out civil warfare. “Heroes Reborn” recaptures the magic of the original series and lays the foundation for the next volume in the “Heroes” mythology. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Universal … “Sisters: Season 4” (1993-94) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The story of the unforgettable Reed women continues in the series that follows the lives of Alex (Swoozie Kurtz), Georgie (Patricia Kalember), Frankie (Julianne Phillips), and Teddy (Sela Ward) — four very different women forever connected by the bonds of family. George Clooney and Jo Anderson join an already strong supporting cast for this chapter in the lives of the Reed siblings. From Shout! Factory.