‘Tumbledown’ and ‘The Forest’ arrive on disc
A locally produced indie that didn’t feel much love from local theaters finally gets its due, as the Rebecca Hall-Jason Sudeikis dramedy “Tumbledown” (2016) arrives on disc. Even arthouses overlooked first-timer Sean Mewshaw’s tender, thoughtful film, which casts Hall (“The Town”) as Hannah, the widow of a cult-worshipped folk singer. Hannah is sympathetic but complicated, an understandably wistful sort who’s able to muster a smile for the world, but who kicks around her rural Maine town unable to lend any real order to her memories and feelings. And while she can abide fans’ regular pilgrimages to her husband’s grave — shades of the Doors’ Jim Morrison and Père Lachaise — she’s also fiercely protective of his legacy. It all makes for a chilly reception when sincere but smart-alecky New York academic Andrew (Sudeikis) turns up, looking to include Hannah’s husband in a book he’s writing. The two eventually agree to coauthor a biography after making a tentative connection through the music. Hall and Sudeikis bring nice nuance to the relationship, running with a scene in which Hannah and Andrew take an achingly revealing tour of her husband’s home studio, and grounding moments that are overly cute. (It’s a trick managed less effectively by accent-mangling hunk-in-need Joe Manganiello and the rest of the largely familiar supporting cast.) Mewshaw’s handling of the story’s musical element also holds interest. We only catch a snapshot glimpse of the deceased, whose songs have a mournfulness faintly recalling Neil Young introspection. Mewshaw and performer Damien Jurado discuss their choices in a featurette. (Anchor Bay, $22.98; Blu-ray, $26.99; available now)
THE FOREST (2016)
Natalie Dormer steps out of the ensemble ranks of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games” and into the genre fore. She’s still sharing the spotlight, but this time it’s with herself, as she plays a woman who ventures into Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest after her twin sister disappears there. Nothing more than a standard supernatural thriller, but something to satisfy fans of Margaery Tyrell and Cressida who’ve been hankering for more of that signature, fetching smirk. Extras: director commentary; featurette. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)
HORROR / SCIENCE FICTION
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)
Everyone remembers the freaky little tow-headed telepaths from the 1960 British original. People forget this John Carpenter remake, which came well after the director’s glory days of “Halloween” and “The Thing,” but which features a cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Mark Hamill. Looking for more of a cult fix than this Blu-ray debut? In the last couple of years, Carpenter has spun his hyphenate’s knack for hypnotic film scores (including this one) into a recording sideline. His latest release, “Lost Themes II,” drops on Friday. Extras: new retrospectives with Carpenter, Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), and other cast. (Shout! Factory, $34.93)
Titles are in stores Tuesday unless specified. Tom Russo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.