From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlights:
There’s two excellent representatives of mid-century American alienation due this week.
“Lost in America” (1985) is an hysterical satire of Reagan-era values, written and directed by Albert Brooks. A successful Los Angeles advertising executive (Brooks) and his wife (Julie Hagerty) decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winnebago, and follow their Easy Rider fantasies of freedom and the open road. When a stop in Las Vegas nearly derails their plans, they’re forced to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the American dream. Brooks’s barbed wit and confident direction drive “Lost in America,” an iconic example of his restless movies about insecure characters searching for satisfaction in the modern world that established his unique comic voice and transformed the art of observational humor. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include a new conversation with director Albert Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide; new interviews with actor Julie Hagerty, executive producer Herb Nanas, and comic writer and director James L. Brooks; more. From The Criterion Collection … “Billy Jack: The Complete Collection” All four groundbreaking, action-packed classics from ’70s pop culture icon Billy Jack featuring all of the fast-kicking, politically aware stories that had audiences cheering. Billy Jack is a half-white, half-Indian ex-Green Beret Vietnam vet-turned-pacifist, and Hapkido expert (a combination of Tae Kwon Do and Aikido) who having gotten in touch with his Native American roots, returns from the war to take up residence on a reservation outside a conservative Arizona town, where he quickly becomes the protector of the wild mustangs and the progressive Freedom School. “Born Losers” (1967), “Billy Jack” (1971), “Trial of Billy Jack” (1974) and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington” (1977). On DVD and Blu-ray Disc, with commentary with stars Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. From Shout! Factory Shout Select).
From TV to DVD:
In the sixth and final season of “Girls Season 6” (2017), HBO’s hit comedy continues to follow the assorted humiliations and triumphs of a group of 20-something friends in NYC. Season 6 picks up six months after the end of Season 5, with Hannah (series creator Lena Dunham), enjoying new success as a writer while her roommate and bestie Elijah (Andrew Rannells) considers getting serious about his acting career. Marnie (Allison Williams), now in a relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky), seeks to maintain her independence post-divorce from Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Now also a couple, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam Driver) decide to embark on a creative project to channel their passions, which could become a source of contention. And Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) finds herself professionally on the right path, though personally she realizes that her friendships may be holding her back. A time for closing chapters and new beginnings, the four familiar friends attempt to get closer to becoming the women they always envisioned — even as life sometimes gets in the way. Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from HBO … “Pretty Little Liars: The Seventh and Final Season” (2016-17) is a our-disc set with all 20 episodes. In season six, the series leaped forward five years, when a shocking event brought the girls — now young women — together again, back in the town of Rosewood, to face a new threat. Now the girls band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down “Uber A” for good. On DVD from Warner. Also due this week: “Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Series” (2010-17) a 36-disc DVD set, $209.99, from Warner.