DVD New Release – 6/23/2009
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, June 22, 2009 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Every week I make a list of notable discs being released so I can figure out what I “need” to buy. ;)

It’s a poor list this week. There’s definitely a dry spell for video discs right now.

* “Waltz with Bashir”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185616/ – I didn’t see this movie in theaters because an “NPR interview with the director”:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98723606 turned me off, but it has acquired so much acclaim that I don’t think I can avoid it much longer.
* “Backwoods (2009)”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1153100/ – Coming out just 2 weeks after it’s debut on SpikeTV, there are no reviews out for this movie…ensuring that’s it is a steaming pile. However, it is a steaming pile in which Hillary Duff’s little sister, Haylie, plays one of the victims so there is a (very tiny) built-in audience somewhere out there.
* “Phoebe in Wonderland”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034325/ – This arthouse release got lost in theaters last year, and the reviews are only slightly better than mediocre, but I can’t miss seeing a movie that includes Felicity Huffman and Patricia Clarkson, and is woven into Lewis Carroll’s fantasy world.
* “Simon Says”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458480/ – I saw this at “(the first?) Fantastic Fest”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/archives/003912.html and loved it. It is an extremely campy “college friends chased by an insane man in the woods” movie and it even has a really obvious “insane man is a twin” cliche. The crazy killing devices and situations are a riot, and Crispin Glover gets to go “full retard”. It was mostly shot in the filmmaker’s backyard and they were never sure it would even get finished, so I’m glad this made it out to DVD.

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