CBGB, Don Jon (2013), Love, Marilyn (2012) Now On DVD

The week after Christmas is a notoriously slow time for new DVD and Blu-ray releases, but there are still a few offerings that may interest you. Take a look:

CBGB    BLU-RAY     (2013)

In the early ’70s, Manhattan impresario Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) envisioned hosting “Country, Bluegrass and Blues” acts in his small venue at Bleeker and the Bowery. He wound up running the mecca for the punk and New Wave sounds as they took a generation by storm. This affectionate ensemble homage to CBGB’s heyday–featuring music by Talking Heads, Ramones, Blondie, and The Dead Boys–co-stars Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Rupert Grint, Taylor Hawkins, and Ashley Greene.

Don Jon    (2013)

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote and directed) is an accomplished lothario who, despite his success with the ladies, actually enjoys watching porn more than having sex. Jon begins to learn valuable lessons about real intimacy through his relationships with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a beautiful young woman who wants a long-term courtship, and the older, more experienced Esther (Julianne Moore). Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson co-star in this raunchy comedy/drama.

Love, Marilyn  (2012)

Who could speak better to the legend of Marilyn Monroe than the legend herself? Using passages from the 2010 book “Excerpts”–a collection of the screen sex symbol’s letters, poems, and notes–this unique documentary charts the major turning points in Monroe’s too-brief life and career as modern-day stars, including F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, and others, deliver interpretive readings of the thoughts Monroe set to paper. 

Matt’s Chance   (2013)

We’ve all gotten lousy birthday presents, but this year, chronic loser Matt (Edward Furlong) came home to find his fiancee in bed  with her boss. Unsure of whether to try to get her back, or just get  even, he winds up getting support from a compassionate Eastern  European mobster, a combative priest, and other assorted oddballs. Engaging dark farce co-stars Gary Busey, Margot Kidder, and Lee Majors.

Sister   (2012)

At a posh ski resort, a 12-year-old thief (Kacey Mottet Klein) acts as the breadwinner for himself and his older sister (Lea Seydoux) by stealing from wealthy tourists. As she pursues short-lived relationships with men, he forms a partnership with a British worker that eventually becomes dangerous–transforming the relationship he has with his sibling in surprising ways.  French-Swiss crime drama co-stars Gillian Anderson, Martin Compston.

Thy Will Be Done  (2013)

The ravages of Hurricane Katrina test the mettle of a former pastor in this uplifting gospel musical based on the stage play. Abandoning his faith and taking to the streets after the storm destroys his church, the ex-preacher starts the uneasy road back to grace when he suffers a near-death experience and comes upon a house of worship seeking a new leader. Kathy Bowman, Darcel Blue, and Al Garrison star.

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  • Gord Jackson

    You’re right Chris, a VERY slow time. Hopefully 2014 will bring us some of the classics we keep requesting.

  • FalmouthBill

    Still waiting for the great Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Ida Lupino, Alexander Knox movie Sea Wolf to come out on dvd !

    • wade

      Got to watch Sea Wolf on TCM the other night and found it a very interesting movie Haven’t seen it since the sixties on a late show and had forgotten it .Watched it again because I had read your comment in here and remembered it, thanks

      • FalmouthBill

        Wade, that film has always been one of my favorites, and I saw it long before I saw The Quiet Man, Going My Way, or Little Caesar, so it was my precursor to both Edward G. Robinson, and Barry Fitzgerald’s screen personas ! Anything Edw.G did after that could not be bested on a cruelty scale. It also took me a while to see Barry in his more appropriate, and proper, light since he was so nasty in that film as well. I would love to add that film to my film library, but , the powers that be in Hollywoodland must think that anything by Adam Sandler, or Pauly Shore, is more dvd worthy than this film, sorry for venting !

        • wade

          I thought it was a well made and very interesting film . I am used to Edward G being bad in his early gangster films but it took a bit to get used to Fitzgerald being a rotten one after seeing him as an Irish priest type. I really like Ida Lupino and enjoy her acting in many movies as well as John Garfield. I don’t know much about Alexander Knox who was also in it , more of a supporting actor I presume. Definitely would like to see it again

  • BernardS

    2013 coming to a close, but I am still waiting for many classic movies that hasn;t make their
    DVD appearance–where are these movies starring popular classic stars like :
    Deborah Kerr in “Count your Blessings”, “The Proud and the Profane”
    Susan Hayward in “Thunder in the Sun”
    Ava Gardner in “The Little Hut”, “The Naked Maja”
    Vivien Leigh in “The Deep Blue Sea”
    Kim Novak in “Of Human Bondage”, “Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders”
    Leslie Caron in “The Subteranneans” “Gaby”, ” Doctor’s Dilemma” “The L-shaped Room”
    Dolores Hart in “Come Fly with Me”
    Ann Margret, Pamela Tiffin in “The Pleasure Seekers”
    Cyd Charisse in “Twilight of the Gods”
    Jean Simmons in “This Earth is Mine”
    Esther Williams in “Raw Wind in Eden”
    C’mon, TCM or Warner Archives, Fox Film Archives, get these titles out, the buying public are
    fast fading…pretty soon all you sell will be titles from the “NOSTALGIC 80′s 90′s “!!!!!

    • Leonard Ulman

      Waiting for: Sherlock Holmes in New York