New DVD Spotlight

With this new Facets Features feature, we’ll spotlight six brand new DVD releases that catch our fancy each week…

This week, we’re digging on:

Martha Graham: Dance on Film
A sampling of works from performer, choreographer, teacher, and 20th century American dance pioneer Martha Graham are featured in this Criterion Collection edition.

The Threepenny Opera
Lotte Lenya plays Jenny in G.W. Pabst’s classic adaptation of Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill’s play, freely based on John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera. A Criterion Collection edition.

L’Iceberg
In this deadpan Belgian comedy, a woman obsessed with the cold climbs into the back of a frozen foods delivery truck and sets out on a journey to find the iceberg of her dreams.

Triad Election
The power struggles continue in Johnny To’s effective follow-up to his yakuza hit, Election (itself soon to be released domestically on DVD). Two years have past since the first, and the triads are set to elect a new leader. The sitting heads have other plans, though.

Death Proof
Quentin Tarantino’s segment of the Grindhouse double feature details the edge-of-your-seat encounter between an aging stunt driver (Kurt Russell) and a group of tough, kickass women.

Cruising
Al Pacino stars in this controversial tale of an undercover cop who finds himself fatally attracted to his prey, a killer of gay men in New York’s leather scene. Gritty New York locations offer a realistic backdrop to this strange S&M fantasy.

Find more new DVD releases, as well as soon-to-be-released titles, at the Facets Videotheque.

– Phil Morehart

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