From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bets:
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film “Cameraperson” (2016), a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality with crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, “Cameraperson” is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a new high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … “Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary” (1987), starring Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop and Lonny Price — the iconic story of Baby and Johnny’s summer love — returns to the big screen, DVD and Blu-ray, an ongoing North American tour of “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage,” a new consumer products program, a new mobile game and a network television presentation of a reimagined “Dirty Dancing” musical event and celebratory editions of the original “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack. There’s also a “Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition” box with both the Blu-ray and DVD in collectible, numbered packaging along with exclusive memorabilia. Extras include “Happy 30th Birthday, Dirty Dancing,” “Patrick Swayze Uncut” last in-depth “Dirty Dancing” interview, interviews with celebrity fans reflecting on the anniversary, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, cast interviews, music videos, filmmaker commentaries and more. From Lionsgate.
From TV to DVD:
“Dynasty: The First Season” (1981-82): The first season of the night-time soap saga of the Carringtons, a wealthy family living in Denver, re-released for the first time in more than a decade. Back in 2005, Fox Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD. They never released another. In 2007, home videos for the show were taken over by CBS/Paramount, and they released seasons two through nine between then and 2014. In the meantime, the Fox release of the original season was discontinued, allowing CBS and Paramount to re-release those episodes on DVD. The story begins with oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) marrying his former secretary, Krystle (Linda Evans). But Krystle’s former lover, Matthew (Bo Hopkins), a geologist working on one of Carrington’s oil rigs, returns to town and causes problems when he tells Krystle that he’s still in love with her. Blake’s daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) doesn’t support his marriage, and chooses to marry childhood friend Jeff Colby (John James Anderson) against her father’s wishes. And so it begins. From CBS/Paramount … “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series — Season Three” (2016) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series based on Robert Rodriguez’s original film. Season three follows Seth and Richie as they continue to fight their way through the chilling world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico. Once the baddest outlaws in the land, the Gecko brothers made a run for the Border two years ago to save their lives — and their fortune. After stumbling into a bar full of bloodsuckers and bandits, they encountered the vampire goddess Santánico, joining her cause to settle an old score, and it won them a place in the culebra world. Now that world is on the verge of violent and destructive explosion as new enemies hell-bent on domination gather to take them down. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Entertainment One … “Graves: Season 1” (2016) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. Nick Nolte stars as a former two-term President of the United States in EPIX’s first original comedy series. President Richard Graves, a former two-term POTUS, embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. On DVD from Lionsgate … “Vice Principals: The Complete First Season” (2016) is a two-disc set with nine episodes of the HBO comedy series about North Jackson High School and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals. When the longtime principal of a suburban high school steps down, ambitious vice principals Neal Gamby (Danny McBride) and Lee Russell (Walter Goggins) to both set their sights on the vacated top spot. But when new rival Dr. Belinda Brown (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) enters the picture, these bitter antagonists must form an unholy alliance to bring down the outsider by any means necessary. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO.