New DVD Spotlight On Roger Corman, Elizabeth Taylor, Felonious Gru

This week’s offerings include the blockbuster family film “Despicable Me 2,” a documentary about a charity auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s possessions, profiles of Roger Corman and J.D. Salinger, and much, much more.

Breathless (2012) Starring  Gina Gershon, Val Kilmer Doc Martin: Series 6  Starring  Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz Salinger: Documentary About J.D. Salinger
Breathless    Doc Martin: Series 6    Salinger 

 

 

Despicable Me 2     (2013)

Having given up the super-villain game, Gru has settled into a normal life with adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes. But he soon finds himself caught up in the struggle between good and evil once again–this time on the other side of the fight–when he’s recruited by Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde to help defeat a new bad guy who’s using a chemical compound to transform Gru’s Minions into mutants. Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove lend their voices to this hit computer-animated sequel.

Elizabeth Taylor: Auction Of A Lifetime   (2012)

In this made-for-British-TV documentary, the tempestuous life of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous legends is recounted through the prism of the posthumous December 2011 charity auction from her staggering personal collection of jewelry, fine art, and haute couture.  Interviews with friends and colleagues are shared as the record $156 million return at Christie’s plays out.

Doc Martin: Series 6    (2013)

All eight episodes from the sixth season are featured in a two-disc set.

Futurama, Vol. 8    BLU-RAY  (2013)

All 13 episodes from the eighth (and final) season are included in a two-disc set.

Breathless    (2012)

After a confrontation with good-for-nothing career criminal husband Val Kilmer over his latest bad act–a $100,000 scam–ends with his accidental demise, Texas housewife Gina Gershon rings in BFF Kelli Giddish to help figure out how to get rid of the body, and how to recover the loot. Both dilemmas lead to shocking solutions in this darkly farcical thriller co-starring Ray Liotta, Wayne Duvall.

Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel    (2011)                             

What do Joe Dante, Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Irvin Kershner, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner, and the great Dick Miller all have in common? They all owe a debt of gratitude to Roger Corman, the low-budget movie maverick who helped their mainstream cinema careers take off. This tribute documentary includes fantastic film clips and interviews with those and other Corman colleagues and admirers. 

Jersey Shore Shark Attack   (2012)

It’s the fourth of July in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and the beaches are full of people looking to swim and party. But when an illegal coastal drilling operation accidentally unleashes man-eating albino bull sharks upon the Jersey shore, the folks there suddenly have much more to worry about than getting drunk and working on their tans. Horror tale that spoofs MTV’s “Jersey Shore” stars Jeremy Luc, Melissa Molinaro, Paul Sorvino, and Vinny Guadagnino.

Salinger  (2013)  

Bring up J.D. Salinger and controversy follows–just as in this provocative new examination of the legendary author of 1951′s “The Catcher in the Rye.” Why did he choose to retreat from the public eye for decades, refrain from publishing new material after 1965, and fiercely guard his privacy until his death in 2010? Fresh speculation and never-before-seen film footage are merged with insights from John Cusack, E.L. Doctorow, John Guare, Martin Sheen, Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, and others.

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  • Wayne P.

    Am just speculating, but regarding J. D. Salinger’s long exile from writing, I wonder if it had anything to do with the negative publicity generated from Mark David Chapman using his book “Catcher in the Rye” as inspiration for the sad and despicable murder of John Lennon in 1980? This theory still leaves a 15 year gap from his last published new material; but, still one cant help wondering!

  • Gord Jackson

    The Corman doc sounds fascinating and a ‘must get.’ I remember years ago when I was working with classic films (16mm if you please) that there was a Christian Blackwood title, ROGER CORMAN; HOLLYWOOD WILDEST REBEL out there. It
    ran around 50/60 minutes meaning that this one at 89 should be a little more complete. Really looking forward to it.