DVD reviews


Twentieth Century Fox



The iterations of James Cameron’s 2009 megahit just keep iterating. This one is a 3-D combo pack (requiring a 3-D television, of course), with both 3-D and 2-D Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-ray and 16½ minutes of footage left out of the original theatrical release (but available on previous disc offerings). Extras: collectible packaging and the original theatrical version on all three formats. (20th Century Fox, $39.99)

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

A theatrical, narcissistic, unaccountably likable woman known for her feats of endurance-as-art, Abramovic is preparing for a major museum retrospective when this documentary begins. The show’s main attraction is a performance piece which requires Abramovic to sit in a chair for almost eight hours a day for three months as people come to sit opposite her. The entertaining film explains Abramovic — in all her complexity — brilliantly. (Music Box, $29.95)

Turn Me On, Dammit!


From Norway, a short, dry, nicely observed comedy about a girl and her hormones. What’s refreshing about it is how direct the girl and her friends are. For instance, they use the coarse names for penis the way everybody else does. When they do it, it’s not for comedic shock the way it would be in another film. This is how we talk. Directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen. In Norwegian, with English subtitles. (New Yorker, $29.95)

2016: Obama’s America

Well, fair’s fair. George W. Bush got Michael Moore and “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Now Barack Obama gets Dinesh D’Souza and “2016: Obama’s America.” Both films are wildly partisan attack documentaries made by wildly partisan and generally annoying polemicists (D’Souza is more personable, actually, than Moore). The difference is that Moore is a talented filmmaker. Despite an impressive box office show, the movie didn’t seem to affect the polls. Will the disc make a difference on Election Day? Based on D’Souza’s 2010 bestseller, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” (Lionsgate, $19.98)

Letter From an Unknown Woman

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Perhaps Hollywood has made movies that are more romantic, but never one better that’s as romantic as this 1948 release. There’s even a duel. Max Ophuls’s camera tracks with ravishing and relentless grace in this intricately flashbacked tale of the doomed love of a poor young woman (Joan Fontaine) for a famous pianist (Louis Jourdan) in fin-de-siecle Vienna. Extras: Critic’s audio commentary, photo gallery. (Olive, $24.95; Blu-ray, $29.95)


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