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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Prisoners,’ ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,’ ‘Museum Hours’ & More

Written by on December 17, 2013 

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 anspd is greatly appreciated.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (David Lowery)

If Bonnie and Clyde survived their final stand-off and attempted to live a life after crime, we would have the basic set-up of writer/director David Lowery‘s subdued, deeply felt Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. But that is just the beginning, as this drama skirts around the major peaks one may find in another film of its kind, instead focusing on the quiet, sublime exchanges. After a summer release, the film starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and more is now available on Blu-ray. – Jordan R. (full review)

Museum Hours (Jem Cohen)

After a short theatrical run this summer, one of the year’s most touching and relatable films is finally available on Blu-ray. Following two strangers who discuss life, art, and love in Vienna, Jem Cohen‘s wonderful Museum Hours is easily one of the more overlooked releases in 2014. Whether it’s an intimate discussion between our two leads (Mary Margaret O’Hara and Anne Bobby Sommer) or an examination of a piece of art at the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, Cohen continually captivates on a small scale. –Jordan R.

Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve)

Prisoners might be the most shockingly dark studio release since Fight Club, a grim, unsettling, occasionally convoluted, but undeniably gripping thriller. The nightmare America of Denis Villeneuve’s film is sadly believable, and it results in a truly moving experience — one that audiences might not see coming. On paper, after all, this Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer looked like just another procedural, a (possible) turkey jammed full of movie-of-the-week stuffing. The trailers were not particularly memorable, the likable Jackman and Gyllenhaal do not always choose their roles wisely, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski’s only previously filmed screenplay was for Contraband, and even though Villeneuve directed the Oscar-nominated Incendies, he is still a relatively unproven commodity. – Chris S. (full review)

Rent: Elysium

Recommended Deals of the Weeks

(Note: new additions are in red)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Blu-Ray) – $8.49

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Blu-ray) – $7.99

Adventureland (Blu-ray) – $5.00

Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection (Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds) (Blu-ray) – $32.49

The American (Blu-ray) – $4.99

Anna Karenina (Blu-ray) – $11.99

Children of Men (Blu-ray) – $9.72

Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Cool Hand Luke (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Contact (Blu-ray) – $6.49

Contagion (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Dark City (Blu-ray) – $7.99

The Departed (Blu-ray) – $7.00

Eyes Wide Shut (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Gone Baby Gone (Blu-ray) – $6.00

Goodfellas (Blu-ray) – $9.96

Halloween (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Heat (Blu-ray) – $8.49

Killing Them Softly (Blu-ray) – $11.99

Looper (Blu-ray) – $9.99

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Blu-ray) – $7.49

Memento (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Midnight in Paris (Blu-ray) – $9.67

Once Upon a Time in the West (Blu-ray) – $8.99

No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray) – $7.17

Paranorman< (Blu-ray) – $10.69

Pulp Fiction (Blu-ray) – $6.96

Source Code (Blu-ray) – $7.88

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Blu-ray) – $7.79

There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray) – $7.86

The Tree of Life (Blu-ray) – $10.49

Tropic Thunder (Blu-ray) – $8.77

The Truman Show (Blu-ray) – $8.99

The Usual Suspects (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Wanderlust (Blu-ray) – $8.17

Zodiac (Blu-ray) – $9.49

What are you picking up this week?

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