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John DeFore on this week’s recommended DVDs

The Big Animal
(Milestone): Actor Jerzy Stuhr, vet of numerous Krzysztof Kieslowski films, gets behind the camera to direct one of his late mentor’s unfilmed screenplays.

The Dead Zone
(Paramount): Chris Walken as a man made psychic by an auto accident, Marty Sheen as a decidely un-Jed Bartlet presidential candidate. What could be more tantalizing? It’s a David Cronenberg film.

Lady Vengeance
(Tartan): This third installment in Chan-Wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy isn’t as perfect as Old Boy, but still packs a punch.

The Notorious Bettie Page
(HBO): Falls squarely into the box of biopic expectations, but with an enjoyable title performance by Gretchen Mol and numerous nice supporting turns.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Eaten Alive
(Dark Sky): Tobe Hooper’s original horror landmark gets a two-disc special edition here, alongside his considerably less known second feature, in anticipation of a new, big-studio Chainsaw prequel coming out soon.

Russian Dolls
(IFC Films): For fans of L’Auberge Espagnole, a five-years-later followup comedy of caddishness

Loverboy
(Screen Media): Around 300 degrees of Kevin Bacon star in the actor’s feature-directing debut, a film about a woman who wants a child so desperately she probably shouldn’t have one.

Forgotten Noir #2: Loan Shark/Arson Inc; Forgotten Noir #3: Shadow Man/Shoot to Kill; Western Film Noir, Vol. 1: Little Big Horn/Rimfire (VCI): The titles say it all.

WORLD CINEMA A-GO-GO:
The Hypothesis of a Stolen Painting
by Chilean critics’ darling Raoul Ruiz (Facets); Three Times, a triptych by Hou Hsiao Hsien (IFC Films); Tickets, an anthology by Olmi, Loach, and Kiarostami (Facets); Fernando Meirelles’ City of God-related TV series City of Men (Palm Pictures)

DOCUMENTARY CORNER:
The Ground Truth
(Universal); The Interview (Facets)
John DeFore on this week’s recommended DVDs

The Big Animal
(Milestone): Actor Jerzy Stuhr, vet of numerous Krzysztof Kieslowski films, gets behind the camera to direct one of his late mentor’s unfilmed screenplays.

The Dead Zone
(Paramount): Chris Walken as a man made psychic by an auto accident, Marty Sheen as a decidely un-Jed Bartlet presidential candidate. What could be more tantalizing? It’s a David Cronenberg film.

Lady Vengeance
(Tartan): This third installment in Chan-Wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy isn’t as perfect as Old Boy, but still packs a punch.

The Notorious Bettie Page
(HBO): Falls squarely into the box of biopic expectations, but with an enjoyable title performance by Gretchen Mol and numerous nice supporting turns.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Eaten Alive
(Dark Sky): Tobe Hooper’s original horror landmark gets a two-disc special edition here, alongside his considerably less known second feature, in anticipation of a new, big-studio Chainsaw prequel coming out soon.

Russian Dolls
(IFC Films): For fans of L’Auberge Espagnole, a five-years-later followup comedy of caddishness

Loverboy
(Screen Media): Around 300 degrees of Kevin Bacon star in the actor’s feature-directing debut, a film about a woman who wants a child so desperately she probably shouldn’t have one.

Forgotten Noir #2: Loan Shark/Arson Inc; Forgotten Noir #3: Shadow Man/Shoot to Kill; Western Film Noir, Vol. 1: Little Big Horn/Rimfire (VCI): The titles say it all.

WORLD CINEMA A-GO-GO:
The Hypothesis of a Stolen Painting
by Chilean critics’ darling Raoul Ruiz (Facets); Three Times, a triptych by Hou Hsiao Hsien (IFC Films); Tickets, an anthology by Olmi, Loach, and Kiarostami (Facets); Fernando Meirelles’ City of God-related TV series City of Men (Palm Pictures)

DOCUMENTARY CORNER:
The Ground Truth
(Universal); The Interview (Facets)

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