A Clockwork Orange: 40th Anniversary Edition (Warner) — Stanley Kubrick's 1971 masterpiece remains one of the most brutal, disturbing, and difficult movies ever made. It celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Blu-ray book package loaded with retrospective goodies, including documentaries about star Malcolm McDowell and
the mercurial director (coming off his mind-fucking classic 2001: A Space Odyssey). But it's the groundbreaking movie — an exploration and exercise in violence — that still has the ability to shock after all these years. Dig in, droogs.
American Graffiti: Special Edition (Universal)
George Lucas' pre-Star Wars classic inspired Happy Days (Ron Howard and Cindy Williams are both in it), featured Harrison Ford in a small role, and was partly responsible for Kennedy-era nostalgia during the time of Nixon. Its Blu-ray debut includes commentary by Lucas and a new documentary about the 1973 movie.
Javier Bardem plays a petty crook who learns he has cancer and wants to put things right with his kids before he dies. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has made better movies (start with Amores Perros), but there are some gorgeously meditative moments here, especially in Bardem's Oscar-nominated performance.
Drive Angry (Summit)
Nicolas Cage plays a pissed-off dude who escapes from hell to hunt down the guys who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. Lots of shit blows up, and lots of people die. It's in 3-D. That's all you really need to know to decide if it's worth your time.
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