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The Latest Video And Dvd Releases By Gavin Smith

The Latest Video And Dvd Releases By Gavin Smith – Brief Article

Nicole Armour

Detroit Rock City (Adam Rifkin, 99 + 15 min. new scenes) — New Line $24.98

Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige, China, 94, dir’s cut, 172 min.) — Buena Vista $29.99

Grey Owl (Attenborough, 99) — Col/TriStar $24.95

Hangmen Also Die! (Lang, 43) — Kino $29.95

The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 53) — Kino $29.95

Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Stern, 57 + bonus scenes) — NY’er $29.95

Lonesome Dove (S. Wincer, 89, 360 min.) — Artisan $39.98


Rene Clair X 2: long overdue for top-drawer release: Le Million (France, 31) & Under the Roofs of Paris (France, 30) — Home Vision $29.95

Liv Ullman X 2: Kristin Lavrensdottir dir. cut (Sweden, 36 min. longer) & Private Confessions (scr. I. Bergman, Sweden, 96, WS) — Home Vision $29.95 & $39.95 respectively Roger Vadim X 2: Don Juan 73 (France, 73, WS) & Spirits of the Dead (co-d w/ Malle & Fellini, France/Italy, 69, WS) — Home Vision $19.95 each

Blue Collar (Schrader, 78, WS) — Anchor Bay $14.98/$24.98 DVD

The Brandon Teena Story (Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir, 98) — Docurama $24.95/$29.95 DVD

Caresses (Ventura Pons, Spain, 97, WS) — Water Bearer $79.95

Destiny (Chahine, Egypt/France, 97, WS) — NY’er rental

Don’t Look Back (Pennebaker, 67) — Docurama $19/$24.95 DVD

Even Dwarfs Started Small (Herzog, Germany, 70) — Anchor Bay $19.98/$29.98 DVD

Expectations (Daniel Bergman, Sweden, 97) — Home Vision $29.95

First Option (Gordon Chan, HK, 96, WS) — Tai Seng $59.95

Frozen (“Wu Ming” [“no name”] i.e. Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 96) — Fox Lorber rental/$29.98 DVD

Lesbian Sexuality (Barbara Hammer shorts inc. Dyketactics) — Facets $59.99

The Swindle (Chabrol, 98) — NY’er rental


Matthew Bright’s Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (99) earns sequel status by returning to the same fairy-tale revisionism that made Reese Witherspoon’s never-had-a-chance heroine a Red Riding Hood to cheer for in 1996’s Freeway. This time, “Hansel and Gretel” is up for grabs and Natasha Lyonne stars as bulimic White Girl, thrown into juvie for robbing her tricks. Faced with an eternity of institutionalization, she and cohort Cyclona (Maria Celedonio) head for Mexico. All the ingredients are here for satisfying, late-night viewing: blood, guts, crack and vomit, plus Vincent Gallo at the head of a candy-covered household that chums out kiddie porn. But the film’s success depends on its two leads, and while Lyonne is satisfyingly corrosive, Celedonio ruins it for everyone. All the same, when Lyonne is reunited with her lawyer and sometime lover David Allan Grier, you can’t help but root for her too. (Full Moon rental/$24.95 DVD)


Anchor Bay: 1-800-745-1145. Connoisseur: 1-800-529-2300. Docurama: 1-800 314 8822. Facets: 1-800-331-6197. First Run 1-800-488-6652. Fox Lorber: 1800-414-1690. Home Vision: 1-800-826-3456. Image Entertainment: Kino: 1-800-562-3330. Milestone: 1-800-603-1104. New Yorker: 1-800-447-0196. Tai-Seng: 1-800-888-3836/ Water Bearer Films: 1-800-551-8304.

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