From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlights:
This week’s best bets span Europe, from one end to the other; from Great Britain to Russia. In 1988, Mike Figgis (“Internal Affairs,” “Leaving Las Vegas”) made his feature directorial debut with “Stormy Monday,” a taut, noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Sean Bean plays Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner Finney (Sting), who’s under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning relationship with Cosmo’s ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith) threatens to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown. A romantic crime thriller with genuine heart, “Stormy Monday” features striking, rain-drenched cinematography by Roger Deakins and a seductive jazz score provided by the director himself. Presented here for the first time in high definition in the US, in a DVD/Blu-ray Combo with original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray Disc). Extras include audio commentary with Figgis, moderated by critic Damon Wise; new video appreciation by critic Neil Young, and a “then and now” tour of the film’s Newcastle locations. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “Stalker” (1979 — USSR) is Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature, a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include a new interview with Geoff Dyer, author of “Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room”; an interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky; an interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin; an interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev; and an essay by critic Mark Le Fanu. From The Criterion Collection.
From TV to DVD:
“Masterpiece Mystery:! Grantchester Season 3” (2016) is a three-disc set with all seven episodes in which Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating return for more mystery- busting. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … In the latest season of The CW’s hit show, “The 100: The Complete Fourth Season” (2017), the 100 are still fighting for survival after suffering devastating hardships that have almost completely torn them apart. The fight has taken countless lives and set Earth’s survivors against each other. After Season Three’s all-out war, a far more lethal threat has risen to the surface: Clarke has learned that Earth’s remaining nuclear reactors are melting and will soon set the atmosphere on fire. ALIE, the A.I. who launched the world’s nuclear missiles causing the apocalypse, was telling the truth. With the human race doomed to face an unbeatable enemy, Clarke and her allies amongst Arkadia and the Grounders must fight for humankind and all life itself. All 13 episodes on DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “Teen Wolf Season 6 Part I” (2016) is a three-disc set of the series about a somewhat awkward teen who is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it. On DVD from Fox … “T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series” (1982-86) is a 20-disc set with all 91 episodes. William Shatner stars as a tough-as-nails Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Hooker, a veteran cop with the LCPD who has the smarts and the skills to take on the city’s toughest criminals. Along with his partners in blue, cocky Vince Romano (Adrian Zrned), comely Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) and steadfast Jim Corrigan (James Darren), Hooker protects and serves with all the courage he can muster … and he’s taking out the city’s trash… one perp at a time. The show also boasts a line-up of terrific guest stars, including Vic Tayback, Richard Moll, Lisa Hartman, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Caruso, Leonard Nimoy, Ray Wise, Dennis Franz, Jim Brown, Debrah Farentino, Tori Spelling, Delta Burke, Richard Hatch, Sharon Stone, Heather Thomas, and more. From Shout! Factory.