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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Locke,’ ‘Out of the Past,’ ‘Love Streams,’ and More

Written by on August 12, 2014 

OUT OF THE PAST / BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH

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. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best 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.

Locke (Steven Knight)

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In Steven Knight’s Locke the whole wide world is reduced to the nighttime interiors of Tom Hardy’s car. For most films, this kind of gimmicky paring-down would signal a limited, specialized experience, an artificial hurdle the drama could never overcome. I’ve seen Colin Farrell trapped in a phone booth, Stephen Dorff locked in a trunk and Ryan Reynolds buried under the dirt in a coffin, but Locke ends up being more riveting and suspenseful than all of them. – Nathan B. (full review)

Love Streams (John Cassavettes)

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The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded souls who reunite after years apart. Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, Love Streams is a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling. This inquiry into the nature of love in all its forms was Cassavetes’s last truly personal work. – Criterion.com

Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)

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Few film noirs are as compelling and well-acted as this Jacques Tourneur classic from 1947. Following Robert Mitchum as a private investigator who is gets intertwined with both a femme fatale (Jane Greer) and shady mobster (Kirk Douglas), Out of the Past is a bleak, razor-sharp tumble into darkness that one won’t soon forgot. Now available on Blu-ray, the only special feature is a decade-old commentary with film historian James Ursini, but it’s well worth picking up regardless. – Jordan R.

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Recommended Deals of the Week

(Note: new additions are in red)

The American (Blu-ray) – $5.75

Amelie (Blu-ray) – $6.94

The Big Lebowski (Blu-ray) – $9.96

The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-ray) – $7.90

Casino (Blu-ray) – $9.68

The Counselor (Director’s Cut Blu-ray) – $9.99

Drag Me To Hell (Blu-ray) – $7.50

The Double (Blu-ray) – $12.26

Gangs of New York (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Goodfellas (Blu-ray) – $9.04

Gone Baby Gone (Blu-ray) – $6.00

The Grey (Blu-ray) – $7.50

Hanna (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Heat (Blu-ray) – $8.48

High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray) – $9.96

Hot Fuzz (Blu-ray) – $7.00

Hugo (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Inside Llewyn Davis (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Jackie Brown (Blu-ray) – $5.00

Jaws (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Killing Them Softly (Blu-ray) – $9.92

Knocked Up (Blu-ray) – $7.50

Looper (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Lost In Translation (Blu-ray) – $9.68

No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray) – $4.50

Office Space (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Pain & Gain (Blu-ray) – $7.99

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Blu-ray) – $9.99

The Place Beyond the Pines (Blu-ray) – $7.99

Public Enemies (Blu-ray) – $7.50

Pulp Fiction (Blu-ray) – $7.00

Reality Bites (Blu-ray) – $9.96

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Blu-ray) – $10.99

Seven (Blu-ray) – $7.50

Shutter Island (Blu-ray) – $8.48

The Spectacular Now (Blu-ray) – $12.74

Spring Breakers (Blu-ray) – $9.96

There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray) – $9.49

Vanilla Sky (Blu-ray) – $8.64

Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray) – $9.99

What are you picking up this week?


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