New on DVD and Blu-Ray

This week sees an unusual amount of conflict for the home video industry, as David Lynch took to Twitter to tell his fans not to buy Kino’s Blu-Ray of Lost Highway due to its dated transfer and Kino replied that the matter was entirely his fault. I don’t know the true story, but I can say that spending $30 on a bare-bones, not particularly great-looking Blu-Ray is not something I plan on doing, even if the movie is as good as Lost Highway is. Thankfully, Kino also has out the restored Powell & Pressburger film Gone to Earth, AKA The Wild Heart in its form butchered by David O. Selznick, although this release only came about because they were only going to release the cut version until people online complained. So the lesson this week is please Kino, get your fucking shit together.

Criterion, meanwhile, follows the Griffin Newman model of being a wonderful company that’s never done anything wrong, and this week they’re releasing the excellent, if very tiring, double-feature of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the seven-hour Russian adaptation of War and Peace (the angry inch is war and Hedwig is peace, of course). Also paired this week are two works from the late, great cinematographer Robby Muller; his last feature, Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People, and one of his least dignified middle works, John Schlesinger’s The Believers. And there are good titles I can’t fit into cutesy themes too; Alan Parker’s Birdy, David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner, and the Ingrid Bergman-George Cukor version of Gaslight. But why would I talk about that classic when I could instead talk about Tim Burton’s Dumbo? The idea of that in a post-Alice in Wonderland world sounds absolutely heinous, but my hand to god, it’s pretty good, if only because assembling Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, and Michael Keaton on-screen is going to produce something at least mildly watchable. But even the seeming nightmare of a CG Dumbo is quite cute, and Burton seems a lot more engaged in the material than his recent norm. And don’t tell me you don’t want to see a movie with Michael Keaton as a hairpiece-wearing, overtly evil Walt Disney clone.

24 Hour Party People (MVD)
The Aftermath (Fox)
American Horror Project Vol. 2 (Arrow)
The Believers (Olive)
Birdy (Sony)
Double Face (Arrow)
Dumbo (Disney)
Fatso (Shout Factory)
Gaslight (Warner Archive Collection)
The Green Inferno (Shout Factory)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Criterion)
Lost Highway (Kino)
The New York Ripper (Blue Underground)
Night of the Creeps (Shout Factory)
The Spanish Prisoner (Ammo Content)
The Trouble with Angels (Sony)
War and Peace (Criterion)
The Wild Heart (Kino)