Pearls of the Czech New Wave, Criterion Collection
Of all the cinematic New Waves that broke over the world in the 1960s, the one in Czechoslovakia was among the most fruitful, fascinating, and radical. With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors--including eventual Oscar winners Miloš Forman and Ján Kadár--began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep, which introduced five of the movement's essential voices: Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, and Evald Schorm. This series presents that title, along with five other crucial works that followed close on its heels, one from each of those filmmakers--some dazzlingly experimental, some arrestingly realistic, all singular expressions from a remarkable time and place.
Boardwalk Empire: the complete Season 2
Season 2 of the acclaimed HBO series. Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, follows the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson who controlled the city during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s.Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Kelly MacDonald.
Assault on Precinct 13, restored Collectors edition, by John Carpenter
Not the goofy remake but the 1976 John Carpenter original. Cops and gangsters band together in a remote LA police station to fend off an even tougher band of thugs. You may have seen this at the drive-in when you were a kid. This cult masterpiece gets a facelift.
Bonsai, directed by Cristián Jiménez
Julio tells his girlfriend he has a job transcribing a novel, when he's actually writing his own work. Looking for inspiration, he revisits an old romance and gets involved again. Based on an internationally acclaimed novella, Bonsai is a study of the lies we tell ourselves. A Cannes Film Festival official selection.
Out, directed by Jim Goddard
After an eight-year prison stint for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross returns to his old gangland haunts to find the snitch who sent him to jail. The smooth, streetwise ex-con quickly adjusts to the new attitudes of the disco-tinged '70s but discovers that although neighborhoods change, old grudges never go out of style.Filmed on location in South London, this series, which originally aired in 1978, depicts a world where gritty pubs and dingy pubs teem with high-living mobsters and corrupt cops. 6 episodes on 2 discs.
Women on the 6th Floor, directed by Phillipe Le Guay
Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire María, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor servants' quarters. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone's life.