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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘The Salesman,’ ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ & More

Written by on May 2, 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.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)


Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand turns out to be a worthy choice that makes particular sense representing the country given how it speaks directly to the national memory/identity. – Zhuo-Ning Su (full review)

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)


Inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This HouseRaoul Peck creates a sweeping commentary on race through the lens of Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and featuring an archive of interviews with Baldwin, Peck’s cinematic essay juxtaposes the author’s observations and travels with contemporary materials that offer a warning from the past as unresolved racial tensions bubble up, even in a supposed post-racial Obama era. I Am Not Your Negro provides a broad overview of 20th-century race relations, and is an essential companion to bookend two films featured elsewhere on this list: 13th and O.J.: Made in America. – John F.

The Red Turtle (Michaël Dudok de Wit)


Motion, love for the Gaia, and lush orchestral music provide the backbone of Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a dialogue-free, feature-length animation about a man stranded on a desert island, co-produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli, their first-ever such production to be made off Japanese soil. The story goes that producer Vincent Maraval from Wild Bunch showed De Wit’s Oscar-winning short animation Father and Daughter to Hayao Miyazaki in 2007. The legendary animator much admired the film, calling it “very Japanese,” and asked Maraval to locate De Wit. They sent the Dutchman an email, and so The Red Turtle came into being. – Rory O. (full review)

Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)


South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo has built a formidable career with variations on the same thematic, structural, and formal choices, and Right Now, Wrong Then is another permutation involving his three favorite subjects — film critics, drinking, and pathetic men — but while the films almost always have a playful intelligence in their construction, they rarely feel this deceptively moving. Expertly shifting between naturalism and self-awareness in both its formal choices and performances (Kim Min-hee imbues every line with a crucial conversational purity), it becomes not only a great romantic comedy, but an examination of how we process the experience of watching a film. – Michael S.

The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi)


I think writer/director Asghar Farhadi is getting better with time. His Oscar-winning A Separation may have put him on the map (his previous two films only found stateside release afterwards), but I’d argue he bested it with his follow-up The Past in 2013 and yet again this year with The Salesman. A searing relationship drama depicting the rapidly forming cracks tragedy reveals without sympathy, Farhadi exposes our propensity to let vengeance overshadow compassion. Set in the patriarchal system of Iran and Islam, a crime committed against his wife consumes an otherwise good-natured man. An objectively simple situation of victim and perpetrator becomes insanely more complex as ideas about the form and supplier of justice test our capacity for empathy. – Jared M.

Also Arriving This Week

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Recommended Deals of the Week

10 Cloverfield Lane (Blu-ray) – $10.16

Ali (Blu-ray) – $7.99

The American (Blu-ray) – $9.40

Amelie (Blu-ray) – $7.85

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) – $9.87

Bone Tomahawk (Blu-ray) – $8.52

Carrie (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Casino (Blu-ray) – $9.06

Chinatown (Blu-ray pre-order) – $8.45

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) – $6.99

Force Majeure (Blu-ray) – $8.75

Godzilla (Blu-ray) – $9.70

Glengarry Glen Ross (Blu-ray) – $6.40

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) – $7.88

The Informant! (Blu-ray) – $8.31

Inglorious Basterds (Blu-ray) – $7.99

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) – $56.29

Jane Eyre (Blu-ray) – $7.50

Jaws (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Blu-ray) – $9.76

Knight of Cups (Blu-ray) – $9.99

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

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

Lincoln (Blu-ray) – $8.99

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) – $8.58

Magnolia (Blu-ray) – $9.76

The Man Who Wasn’t There (Blu-ray) – $9.27

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

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Blu-ray) – $5.96

Michael Clayton (Blu-ray) – $9.69

Nightcrawler (Blu-ray) – $4.99

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

Not Fade Away (Blu-ray) – $6.24

Out of Sight (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Persepolis (Blu-ray) – $7.48

The Piano (Blu-ray) – $7.99

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Blu-ray) – $11.05

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) – $9.09

Short Term 12 (Blu-ray) – $9.89

A Serious Man (Blu-ray) – $7.69

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

A Single Man (Blu-ray) – $6.99

Snowpiercer (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Somewhere (Blu-ray) – $6.50

Spartacus (Blu-ray)  – $7.50

Spotlight (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Sunshine (Blu-ray) – $7.98

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

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Blu-ray) – $6.66

There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray) – $7.76

Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy (Blu-ray) – $8.45

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) – $9.31

The Witch (Blu-ray) – $9.99

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

Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray) – $7.86

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