From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bets:
The folks at Shout!/Scream factory have put together a nice Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of Rob Reiner’s 1990 tour-de-force adaptation of Stephen King’s “Misery,” starring James Caan and Kathy Bates, in a two-disc set with a 4K restoration from the original film elements. The storyline: After a serious car crash in the mountains, novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes (Bates), who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie brings him to her remote cabin to recover, where her obsession takes a dark turn when she discovers Sheldon is killing off her favorite character (Misery) from his novels. As Sheldon devises plans for escape, Annie grows increasingly controlling, even violent, as she forces the author to shape his writing to suit her twisted fantasies. Grueling. Extras include a new interview with Reiner, new interview with special makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero, audio commentary with Reiner, audio commentary with screenwriter William Goldman, “Misery Loves Company” featurette, “Marc Shaiman’s Musical Misery Tour” featurette, “Diagnosing Annie Wilkes” featurette, “Advice For The Stalked” featurette, “Profile of a Stalker” featurette, “Celebrity Stalkers” featurette, “Anti-Stalking Laws” featurette, and trailers.
From TV to DVD:
Take a stroll down memory lane with four 90-minute seasonal chapters in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” (2017), directed, written, and executive produced by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. This special series begins nearly 10 years after the original series ended. Lorelai still runs the Dragonfly Inn (and chugs coffee like it’s water) and Rory, now 32, has experienced some career success. As Rory works through job-related struggles and Lorelai deals with some unresolved issues of her own, Emily Gilmore has been handling the loss of her husband. Emily is at a major crossroads in her life, trying to figure out what to do next. Richard’s death forces Emily and Lorelai to finally reexamine their own fraught relationship, which hasn’t changed much since the beginning of the series. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc. From Warner.
Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:
In “Animal Factory” (2000), troubled youth Ron Decker (Edward Furlong) is sentenced to a 10-year stint in the notorious San Quentin State Prison for a drug-dealing conviction. Inexperienced in the ways of prison life, he’s taken under the wing of Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe), an experienced con with the entire prison in the palm of his hand — inmates and guards alike. But as Ron grows increasingly cocky in his privileged role as Earl’s confidant, is he in danger of biting off more than he can chew with some of the jail’s more volatile inhabitants? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Eddie Bunker (“Reservoir Dogs”), “Animal Factory” was Steve Buscemi’s second stint in the director’s chair and sees him marshaling a formidable ensemble cast, including Bunker, Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke, for a powerful and sincere account of the men caught up in the penal system and the deals they cut with each other, and themselves, in order to survive. On DVD, Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “M.F.A.” (2017), starring Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr. and Peter Vack, is a powerful thriller about campus sexual assault: a young woman is forced to take action to protect herself in this rape-revenge outing. Noelle (Eastwood), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born — and retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.On DVD, Blu-ray from Dark Sky Films … “Woodshock” (2017), starring Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole and Pilou Asbæk, is a psychological thriller about a haunted young woman who spirals in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … In “Acts of Vengeance” (2017), starring Antonio Banderas and Karl Urban, a fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … “Rememory” (2017), starring Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Anton Yelchin and Henry Ian Cusick, explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person’s memories. Gordon’s wife, Carolyn (Ormond), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Dinklage) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate.