Nothing this week comes close to the importance of Criterion releasing Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger. It’s developed a reputation as a lost masterpiece, having never been released on disc in the U.S. (and its one UK DVD release having been long out-of-print), and it pretty much lives up to the hype. It blends kitchen-sink drama and folklore in a manner that confounds all expectations and invites countless interpretations, with a central Danny Glover performance that turns genteel decency into something that could be satanic. I was lucky enough to see the film’s gorgeous 4K restoration at Ebertfest (part of the festival discussion between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend is included on this release), and I look forward to seeing it very soon.
What else this week? Hilariously, Mill Creek thought they had an Oscar tie-in slam dunk by releasing the complete series of Damages this week, so they should rush-release the complete series of Peep Show to compensate. I doubt Disney had Oscar in mind by releasing Ralph Breaks the Internet this week, but it’s a fine movie with some pertinent things to say about male insecurity on- and offline (it can’t help that Spider-Verse came out a month later and made every other studio animated film look like shit). There’s also Hong Sang-soo’s fifth movie this month, The Day After and Shout Factory rescuing Used Cars, a Robert Zemeckis from way before he welcomed anybody to Marwen, from Twilight Time’s evil grip.
Border (Gräns) Universal
Damages: The Complete Series Mill Creek
The Day After (그 후 / Geu-hu) Cinema Guild
Legally Blonde Collection Shout Factory
Mary Queen of Scots Universal
Next of Kin Severin
The Possession of Hannah Grace Sony
Ralph Breaks the Internet Disney
To Sleep with Anger Criterion
Used Cars Shout Factory
Willard Shout Factory