DVD Article

DVDs: March 29, 2013

What movies to own, rent, and stream this week

Les Misérables (2012, PG-13) Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway

Victor Hugo's saga about turbulent 19th-century France gets tarted up as awards bait. Hathaway and Jackman are great, but director Tom Hooper doesn't seem to understand the concept of restraint. (Also on iTunes) C

Lincoln (2012, PG-13) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Steven Spielberg turns what could have been a dry history lesson into a soaring epic about idealism and political dealmaking. (Also on iTunes) A

Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Not Rated) Charles Chaplin, Martha Raye

Older and wiser about the murkier side of human nature, Chaplin stars as a rogue who marries rich women and murders them for their money. A gorgeous Criterion upgrade. A-

From Beyond (1986, Unrated) Jeffrey Combs

From the sick minds behind the cult classic Re-Animator comes this twisted H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. Now gooier than ever on Blu-ray. B+

Manhunter (1986, R) William Petersen, Brian Cox

Before The Silence of the Lambs, Michael Mann's stylish, drum-tight masterpiece introduced the world to an incarcerated serial killer named Hannibal Lecter. (Available on Netflix instant viewing) A

Coming Soon

That Thing You Do! (1996, PG) Tom Hanks, Tom Everett Scott
In Hanks' directorial debut, a '60s pop band rides an infectious song to overnight stardom. Blu-ray debut. A- 4/2

John Dies at the End (2013, R) Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes

The fate of the world depends on a pair of college-dropout losers in this gonzo sci-fi comedy. B+ 4/2

Most grades are from EW's reviews of the original theatrical release

Originally posted Mar 22, 2013 Published in issue #1252 Mar 29, 2013 Order article reprints