On DVD This Week: The Witch, Dirty Grandpa, and More

by | May 16, 2016 | Comments

This week on DVD, we’ve got an atmospheric period horror flick, a road comedy, an Oscar nominated foreign film, an acclaimed Netflix series, and a classic from the Criterion Collection. Read on for details.

Theeb (2015) 97%

This Certified Fresh drama from Jordan — nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars — tells the story of a young Bedouin who guides a British soldier across inhospitable terrain to find a water hole in the desert. No information on special features is available.

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Orange Is the New Black: Season 3 (2015) 95%

Taylor Schilling leads a stellar ensemble cast in Netflix’s critically acclaimed comedy-drama about a woman thrown in jail for an old crime who must learn to navigate the prison’s power structure. No information on special features is available for this release either.

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The Witch (2016) 90%

This Certified Fresh period horror film centers on a Puritan family terrorized by an unseen presence in the forest that may or may not be driving them apart. Extras include interviews with the cast, a Q&A session, a design gallery, and a commentary track with writer-director Robert Eggers.

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Dirty Grandpa (2016) 11%

Zac Efron and Robert De Niro star in this comedy about a groom-to-be who agrees to accompany his recently widowed grandfather on a debaucherous road trip.  The “Unrated” cut includes a handful of making-of featurettes, a commentary track, and a gag reel.

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The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima) (1960) 100%

Lastly, from the Criterion Collection, we have this visually stunning dialogue-free drama from Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba), which portrays the daily struggles of a family living on a small island. The new release comes with a visual introduction by Shindo, a commentary track recorded in 2000, a retrospective look at the film by fan Benicio Del Toro, and more.

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  • Mike Smith

    WHAT??? No “Cop Rock”??? We would love THAT the most!!!

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    DIRTY GRANDPA – 1/10 (could’ve been 0)

    I’ll watch THE WITCH (a theatrical release here is scheduled for next month) and THEEB. Oh, and maybe HADAKA NO SHIMA.

    • Karl Lanthanimos

      you should totally watch the witch in the theatres. this movie gave me the creeps.

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