THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:
2010; $22.98-$24.98; UR
This Dutch look at marriage, freedom and sexual expression as a wonder — as in, “We wonder how this woman can still walk after all that sex!” The woman in question is mature, pixie-ish German actress Sandra Hüller, who plays a respected married doctor with a family and a secret apartment where she has sex with her patients. Why? ’Cause she likes it! But when her secret is exposed, it ruins her career and her marriage. But why should simply enjoying a healthy sex life cost her everything? Wouldn’t suppressing her desires be detrimental to her own health? A beautiful and provocative look at being human.
CHINA BEACH: SEASON 3
2014; $16.96-$29.99; UR
Finally available after a long legal battle over the awesome ’50s-’70s soundtrack, Dana Delany, Nan Woods, Chloe Webb, Marg Helgenberger and Michael Boatman continue their groundbreaking distaff look at the Vietnam War from inside the “Five and Dime”: the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R Center. This season, Ricki Lake joins the cast as Holly Pelegrino, a green Red Cross volunteer. The best episode, however, is “Ghosts,” in which Dodger’s fireside ghost tales invoke private, individual memories of haunted relationships throughout the camp. Breathtaking TV.
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: SERIES 12
2010; $44.98-$49.98; UR
What could we possibly say that hasn’t been said about “Poirot,” one of the longest-running and most popular TV series on the planet? How about “This is the next-to-last season!” Or “This season features ‘Murder on the Orient Express’!” David Suchet continues to amaze as the fussy Belgium detective solving murders and thefts most foul amid the otherworldly elegance of Art Deco Europe. Four full-length tales; great guest stars including Jessica Chastain, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Hershey and Toby Jones; and some of the best bonus goodies of the entire series. Just buy it.
GODZILLA BLU-RAY DOUBLE FEATURES!
2014; $15.99-$19.98 each; PG
Sony is releasing four great ’90s Big G two-fers this week, all on beautiful Blu-ray. Includes “Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” (our favorite three-headed baddie) and “G. vs. Mothra (1992)”; “G. vs. Mechagodzilla II” (the best of that series) and “G. vs. Spacegodzilla”; “G. vs. Destoroyah” and the underrated “G. vs. Megaguirus” (aka “The G Annihilation Strategy”); and our favorite of the bunch, “G.: Final Wars” with “G: Tokyo S.O.S.,” both of which are pull-out-all-the-stops, over-the-top super-sized Suitmation-stompin’ dino-lizard frenzies. Our highest recommendation.
LEWIS BLACK: OLD YELLER: LIVE AT THE BORGATA
2014; $13.48-$14.99; UR
Since breaking out on “The Daily Show,” Lewis Black’s comically angry, blood-vessel-popping brand of tirade has become an American tradition. And here, in front of a sold-out crowd in Atlantic City, he proves we’re all still mad as hell … or at least we should be. As sharp, insightful, fresh and filled with rage at the idiocy he sees around him as in his first TV rant. This guy just gets better with age — or maybe everything really is going to hell in a handbasket, and he’s the only one who sees it.
2013; $26.98; PG-13
A little-known indie horror flick with a seriously dark vibe about a pair of artists (edible Sarah “Sons of Anarchy” Jones and Jon “Stay Alive” Foster) who move waaaay back into the piney woods to explore their art — unaware they are entering the turf of a famously reclusive artist/nut-bag (double-jointed horro-vet Mark Steger). With found-footage elements and great visuals, the horror and suspense build nicely, and the final reveal is wonderfully terrifying, if a bit jerky. Would have preferred to see this done with an R rating, but we liked it.
REPUBLIC OF DOYLE: SEASON 1
2010; $34.98-$39.98; UR
We were instantly charmed by this toss-off comic PI drama starring hunky Allan Hawco, with “Braveheart”’s Sean McGinley as his jarhead dad. Together the two Irishmen sleuth for a living in the picturesque seaside town of St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada), often from the seat of a cherry GTO. Has a great “Starsky and Hutch” meets “Van Wilder” feel — with the addition of a close-knit Irish family tagging along — as Hawco’s rakish charms keep him constantly in his old man’s crosshairs and up to his neck in girl trouble, starting with his crazy-hot ex-wife Rachel “The Spy Who Shagged Me” Wilson and she-cop Krystin Pellerin of “The Tudors.” Fun.
THE ART OF THE STEAL
2013; $19.98; R
Kurt Russell has made some wonderfully bad movies in his career (“Escape from New York,” anyone?), but this may be his “Citizen Kane.” He’s a motorcycle daredevil/art thief who teams with brother Matt Dillon to do one last big heist with the old gang, neither of them suspecting that the other has a hidden agenda. The crazy cast includes Jay Baruchel, Jason Jones and Terence Stamp, with sultry Elle Downs and “Vikings”’s drop-dead gorgeous Katheryn Winnick for eye candy. A loose, low-rent “Ocean’s 11”; what’s not to like?
TRANSFORMERS ENERGON — THE COMPLETE SERIES
2004; $40.98-$44.98; UR
Part two of the Unicron Trilogy picks up a decade after the death of Unicron with the Terrorcons attacking Autobot cities and setting their sights on Earth’s human population. The evil Megatron is revived, and once again it’s up to Optimus Prime and the Autobots to protect the Earth. As the pieces move across the galactic chessboard, each battle brings us closer to the end of the deadly and all-encompassing Armada-Energon-Cybertron universe.
2013; $24.98; UR
An exceptionally good suspenser that just happens to be about two gay men. Sean Paul Lockhart (“Milk”), whose mother is mentally ill, stumbles upon Rob Moretti (“Crutch”) while ’net-surfing and falls head over heels in love. But he keeps his mother’s condition a secret, knowing that society unfairly stigmatizes people like his mother — and their families. Problem is, his mom’s condition may be hereditary, leading him to ever mounting, ever darkening acts as he seeks The Truth. We’ve certainly never seen anything like it.
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