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On DVD This Week: The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a Hayao Miyazaki collection, and More

by | November 16, 2015 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of a classic spy series, a Zac Efron powered EDM movie, and a collection of influential animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s works. Then, we’ve also got a few indie films and a pair of great releases from Criterion. Read on for the full list:


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) 67%

Two agents — American Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Soviet Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) — team up to stop a mysterious criminal organization that threatens both nations.  They get an assist from Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), an East German mechanic who has an inside track on how to infiltrate the gang. Bonuses include featurettes on the actors, recreating the era, crafting the action sequences, and more.

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Zac Efron stars in this musical drama about an aspiring EDM DJ who hits the big time and discovers how quickly his life changes in the process. The film’s only available on DVD, and no information is currently available on special features.

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Meru (2015) 89%

This Certified Fresh documentary follows a team of mountain climbers who attempt to scale one of India’s most treacherous peaks and get more than they bargained for. Extras include two commentary tracks, a handful of extra scenes, an interview from Sundance, and more.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) 84%

Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller star in this Certified Fresh drama based on the famous psychological study, in which Stanford University students were asked to play either prison guards or inmates, and the situation quickly devolved into chaos. Bonus features include a commentary track with the director (Kyle Patrick Alvarez) and the doctor who originally conducted the study (Dr. Philip Zombardo), and a pair of featurettes. Only available on DVD (the Blu-ray comes out in January).

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Trash (2015) 66%

Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara star in Stephen Daldry’s drama about three boys in Brazil who find a wallet at the local dump that embroils them in the corrupt politics of their city. No information on special features is available.

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Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) 93%

– The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki

Though the master of Japanese animation has retired, much to the chagrin of his fans, he left behind an incredible legacy. This set contains all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature films as director, as well as a collectible book, a television pilot he directed, three episodes from the 1972 anime series Little Samurai (with storyboards), his retirement press conference, and more.

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Pather Panchali (1955) 98%

– The Apu Trilogy

And finally, the first of two choices from the Criterion Collection is this set of influential Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece, The Apu Trilogy. The set includes all three films and a wealth of extras, including audio recordings of Ray, new interviews with cast and crew, a half-hour documentary on Ray, and much more.

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In Cold Blood (1967) 84%

The second choice from Criterion is Richard Brooks’ Oscar-nominated adaptation of Truman Capote’s true crime bestseller of the same name, about a pair of crooks (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) who murder a family of four during a robbery gone wrong. Bonus features include new interviews with film historians and critics about the film, a pair of archival NBC interviews with Capote, and more.

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  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. – 4/10
    I’ll watch THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT and IN COLD BLOOD, and maybe WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

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