This week on home video, our biggest releases are the latest film in the X-Men franchise, an animated film about a brainy dog and his adopted human son, and the television series adaptation of an Oscar-winning Coen brothers film. Then, we’ve got a bunch of solid imports and indie films, as well as a Sundance miniseries and the first seasons of a couple of spooky TV shows. Read on for details:
Also available this week:
- Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (92 percent), starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner in a Certified Fresh adaptation of the play of the same name about an exhausted stage director who is captivated by the last-minute audition of an actress, is available on DVD.
- Australian import Mystery Road (91 percent), starring Hugo Weaving in a crime thriller about an indigenous detective investigating the disappearance of a murder of a teen prostitute.
- French import Violette (83 percent), a Certified Fresh biopic about writer Violette Leduc and her relationship to Simone de Beauvoir.
- Spanish import Witching and Bitching (84 percent), a horror comedy about a group of petty thieves who go on the lam after a score and encounter a coven of cannibalistic witches in Basque country.
- Whitey: United States of America v. James Bulger (77 percent), a documentary about the infamous mobster and FBI informant.
- French import Chinese Puzzle (75 percent), a Certified Fresh dramedy about a man who relocates from France to New York in order to be closer to his children.
- The Sundance Channel’s miniseries An Honorable Woman (90 percent), starring Maggie Gyllenhaal in a Certified Fresh thriller about a woman attempting to redeem her family name after her arms dealer father is assassinated, is available on DVD.
- The first season of Showtime’s Certified Fresh horror drama Penny Dreadful (78 percent), starring Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
- Season one of NBC’s Dracula (47 percent), starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular vampire, is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.
- There’s a new Blu-ray release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (92 percent) called the Black Maria Deluxe Edition hitting shelves this week in some nifty packaging made to look like a cattle truck.
- And of course, another choice from the Criterion Collection: John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (100 percent), starring Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp and Victor Mature as Doc Holliday in a retelling of the shootout at the OK Corral.