THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:
2013; $16.98-$29.98; R
If you’re tuning in to see Amanda Seyfried suck dick, you’ll be disappointed (it’s a popsicle), but she does show plenty of skin in this look at poor choices, organized crime, sexual abuse and human trafficking in the early ’70s porn industry. She plays the titular actress, the product of a strict religious upbringing, who introduced white-bread America to oral sex under duress from her greasy husband (Peter Sarsgaard) and smarmy producer Gerard Damiano (Hank Azaria) in the scratchy grindhouse comedy “Deep Throat” (which we first saw at the old TheatAire Drive-In in Indiana back in the day). With James Franco as Hugh Hefner and Ron Pritchard as Sammy Davis Jr. Recommended, but not for everyone.
NAKED CITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES BOX SET
1963; $99.98-$179.98; UR
“There are 8 million stories in the Naked City.” In 1963, those words gathered all of America to their TV sets for the granddaddy of all cop dramas, lasting four glorious seasons and launching the careers of hundreds of stars. But what set it apart was the focus: Never content to just chase “bad” guys, each episode took us into the lives of ordinary people forced to make impossible choices. In many episodes there was no real villain, just someone caught in the gears of life and desperately trying to survive. Featuring 138 episodes, many of them Emmy winners, on 29 DVDs, with some of America’s most celebrated and enduring talents. Trust us, this thing rawks!
GROWN UPS 2
2013; $19.98-$40.98; PG-13
The original “Grown Ups” wasn’t exactly an artfest, but it was funny and gave Adam Sandler a much-needed shot in the bank account, so he decided to gather his buds back together — Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade — for another go-round. Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph return as the guys’ wives when Sandler decides he wants to move his family away from the nutjobs of the big city back to his simple, quiet hometown. Doesn’t go well. Costars and cameos include Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz and Shaquille O’Neal.
MAGIC CITY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
2013; $30.98-$54.98; NC-17
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was having a ball as Ike Evans, founder of the Miramar Playa Hotel, a glamorous place infested with mobsters like Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston). It’s a shame that Starz pulled the plug on this series so soon, but them’s the breaks when you mix sex, violence, lush landscapes, terrific actors and one of the best oldie sountracks on TV. This final season sees Evans’ problems go global as Cuban baddies flex their muscles, establishing a beachhead on Miami, uh, Beach, with their sights set on the Miramar. Co-stars lithe Olga Kurylenko, bodacious Jessica Marais, studly Steven Strait, plus Kelly Lynch and James Caan. This will be missed.
MY NAME IS NOBODY
1973; $22.98-$24.98; PG
One of our all-time favorite movies, succeeding as both a perfect Spaghetti Western and a spoof of the genre that so cleverly lampooned its excesses that few others were ever made. Terrence Hill stars, of course, spoofing his own legacy (“My Name is Trinity,” “Trinity is Still My Name”), along with aging gunslinger Henry Fonda in his last Western, all for executive producer Sergio Leone. The plot is a classic: young gunslinger idolizes retiring gunslinger who wants to put the killing behind him. The icing on the cake is Ennio Morricone’s amazing music, including a clever, hilarious homage to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” Don’t miss this!
2013; $17.98-$29.98; PG-13
A dramatic telling of the day Kennedy was shot, told largely from the point of view of the emergency room staff of Dallas’ Parkland Hospital. Doctor Zac Efron and nurse Marcia Gay Harden lead a great cast that includes Paul Giamatti as photographer Abraham Zapruder and James Badge Dale as the brother of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. An extremely powerful and bloody film that takes no stance on the many perceived conspiracies, focusing instead on workaday real people thrust into a tragedy that would forever alter America. Our highest recommendation.
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
2012; $24.98-$89.98; PG-13
Peter Jackson quickly released the first chapter of his penultimate telling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “kid’s tale” to video back in March — so it must be time for an Extended Edition! Now available for Christmas consumption: several DVD, Blu-ray, UV and/or 3-D versions, all with about 12 minutes of additional Hobbital goodness, some with collectible Bilbo/Gollum statuary. But the best thing about these sets is the much-anticipated bonus material, which includes a 14-part chronological “making-of,” a biography of sorts on each of the Dwarf Company, and a look at how Tolkien’s dwarf songs were realized. If you need any more information than that, we suggest you go buy a life. A must-own.
THE THREE FACES OF EVE
1957; $20.98-$24.98; UR
It’s amazing to us how few people today remember this intimate Oscar-winning portrayal of mental illness by Joanne Woodward, based on real events. She plays a woman whose life begins to fall apart after finding herself in strange surroundings, unable to remember how or why she got there. Psychiatrist Lee J. Cobb uses hypnosis to discover that she has multiple personality disorder — she literally has several different people living inside her head. A brilliant film, now on Blu-ray.
WHITE HOUSE DOWN
2013; $19.98-$40.98; PG-13
Roland “Independence Day” Emmerich destroys the White House yet again in this cutting-edge tale of heroism, terrorism and jingoism starring Channing Tatum as an ex-Secret Service agent who goes all John McClane on baddies (with his little girl in tow!) when they take President Jamie Foxx hostage in a bunker deep beneath Washington, D.C. Ridiculous? Damned straight! But entertaining as hell — Prez Foxx even gets to fire an RPG while hanging out of a speeding limo! The terrific cast includes James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal as the president’s advisor and big Lance “Fringe” Reddick. Buy it.
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