This week’s DVD offerings abound with highs and lows. From the timeless offerings of Wilder and Lumet, to the why-Dustin-Hoffman-why Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium , here’s our roundup:
• The classic ’60s workplace drama-comedy-romance The Apartment is being released in a new special edition as part of The Billy Wilder Collection. The Wilder film was a point-of-reference, revealed director Andrew Bernstein in a recent interview in our Mad Men blog. Other films in the set are two of Wilder’s lesser known, but equally definitive films: The Fortune Cookie and Kiss Me, Stupid .
• For more contemporary fare, there’s the medical thriller Awake, Oscar-nominated Into the Wild, and the above mentioned kiddie flick, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (the last of which received a rare F from Entertainment Weekly).
• Consider the 50th anniversary edition of 12 Angry Men ,
the quintessential courtroom drama starring Henry Fonda. Shot in 1957
in just 20 days, the film was a box office disappointment upon its
release but went on to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The
accolades have since accumulated: Last year it was added to National
• Also of note this week is a second volume of pre-code films put out by TCM and Warners, including The Divorcee (featuring Robert Montgomery as an irrepressibly charming cad) and Night Nurse
(starring Barbara Stanwyck and featuring Clark Gable as a murderous
chauffeur.) The collection also includes a particularly hard-boiled and
fast-paced drama of female friendship: Three on a Match , featuring a very young Bette Davis and the always plucky Joan Blondell.