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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Split,’ ‘Ali,’ and More

Written by on April 18, 2017 


Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)


Last year marked the 15-year anniversary of Richard Kelly’s debut cult curio, Donnie Darko. While the film’s cult-status has elevated it into its own separate canon alongside other 21st-century indie-cult hits, Kelly’s two other films — the positively delirious and daring Southland Tales and the labyrinthine sci-fi period piece The Box — prove that he is a director deserving of much greater consideration. Sadly it’s been about eight years since a new film of his has been in theaters, but the time is surely ripe. Kelly’s visions of the end-times feel just as urgent now as they did when we were first introduced to them back in 2001. And since we’re living in a time when the formerly reclusive Terrence Malick is miraculously pumping out multiple films a year, there’s every reason to be optimistic that, soon, the same will be the case with Kelly. Read my full interview with the director. – Andrew W.

Split (M. Night Shyamalan)


M. Night Shyamalan movies are almost always better when he’s having fun. Like The Visit, Split makes mischief out of the balance between horror and comedy, continually throwing up situations that are simultaneously absurd and terrifying. The Visit exploited fears of the elderly, while Split goes to the popular well of insanity – specifically, dissociative identity disorder (better known as multiple personality disorder). There’s still controversy over whether DID is, in fact, a legitimate mental illness, but fiction loves it. Yet while Split takes DID to a more ridiculous extreme than most other depictions, the movie has a sympathetic core. – Dan S. (full review)

Also Arriving This Week

Buena Vista Social Club
Paris 05:59: Theo and Hugo (review)
Ocean Waves
Woman of the Year

Recommended Deals of the Week

10 Cloverfield Lane (Blu-ray) – $10.16

Ali (Blu-ray) – $7.99

The American (Blu-ray) – $9.44

Amelie (Blu-ray) – $8.03

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Blu-ray) – $8.68

The Babadook (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Beginners (Blu-ray) – $7.50

The Beguiled (Blu-ray) – $8.00

Blackhat (Blu-ray) – $9.96

Bone Tomahawk (Blu-ray) – $9.39

Carrie (Blu-ray) – $8.36

Casino (Blu-ray) – $9.59

Cosmopolis (Blu-ray) – $7.89

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Blu-ray) – $9.55

The Deep Blue Sea (Blu-ray) – $9.99

The Deer Hunter (Blu-ray) – $9.96

Django Unchained (Blu-ray) – $5.99

Force Majeure (Blu-ray) – $8.75

Frailty (Blu-ray) – $5.00

Godzilla (Blu-ray) – $9.70

Glengarry Glen Ross (Blu-ray) – $6.55

Gone Girl (Blu-ray) – $8.78

Greenberg (Blu-ray) – $6.20

Green Room (Blu-ray) – $11.28

Haywire (Blu-ray) – $6.64

Heat: Director’s Definitive Edition (Blu-ray pre-order) – $11.99

The Informant! (Blu-ray) – $8.31

Inglorious Basterds (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Inherent Vice (Blu-ray) – $10.27

In the Loop ( Blu-ray) – $8.94

It Follows (Blu-ray) – $7.88

The Jacques Rivette Collection (Blu-ray pre-order) – $59.48

Jane Eyre (Blu-ray) – $7.50

Jaws (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Knight of Cups (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Kubo and the Two Strings (Blu-ray) – $11.99

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Blu-ray) – $9.89

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (Blu-ray) – $6.09

The Lobster (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Lost In Translation (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Magic Mike XXL (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Magnolia (Blu-ray) – $9.99

The Man Who Wasn’t There (Blu-ray) – $9.49

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Blu-ray) – $7.49

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Michael Clayton (Blu-ray) – $9.69

Nightcrawler (Blu-ray) – $9.49

No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray) – $4.96

Out of Sight (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Persepolis (Blu-ray) – $6.99

The Piano (Blu-ray) – $7.99

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Blu-ray) – $10.99

Pulp Fiction (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Saint Laurent (Blu-ray) – $7.47

The Searchers / Wild Bunch / How the West Was Won (Blu-ray) – $10.45

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Blu-ray) – $8.39

Short Term 12 (Blu-ray) – $9.89

Shutter Island (Blu-ray) – $9.98

A Serious Man (Blu-ray) – $7.79

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Blu-ray) – $9.22

Snowpiercer (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Somewhere (Blu-ray) – $6.50

Spartacus (Blu-ray)  – $7.50

Spotlight (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Sunshine (Blu-ray) – $8.36

Taxi Driver: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) – $9.55

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Blu-ray) – $7.49

There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray) – $7.49

Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy (Blu-ray) – $8.50

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Waltz With Bashir (Blu-ray) – $6.99

Where the Wild Things Are (Blu-ray) – $7.88

The White Ribbon (Blu-ray) – $9.60

The Witch (Blu-ray) – $9.99

The Wolf of Wall Street (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray) – $7.88

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