Lucky, which features Harry Dean Stanton’s final (and, if not his best) performance, hits DVD January 2 via Magnolia Home Entertainment.
The feature centers on Lucky (Stanton), a 90-year-old atheist who’s living a seemingly mundane life in a desert town. Upon closer inspection, however, Lucky has enough friends at his local diner and bar to get him through the day. But Lucky understands his final days on this Earth may be just around the corner, and he’s having an understandably rough time facing his own mortality. Along with Stanton’s evocative work, the picture also features wonderful performances from David Lynch, Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt.
Special features on the DVD include the segments “A Few Words from Harry Dean Stanton,” “Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film Take,” the theatrical trailer, and interviews with director John Carroll Lynch and writers/producers Logan Sparks and Dargo Sumonja.
Director Ira Sachs, whose subtle storytelling and visual acumen was on display with 2014’s Love Is Strange, once again tells a New York tale with Little Men. The picture, blessed with nuanced performances from a talented ensemble, is now out on DVD via Magnolia Home Entertainment.
The plot centers on Jake (Theo Taplitz), an introverted 13-year-old whose family (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle are his parents) move from Manhattan and into his late grandfather’s Brooklyn residence.
Jake strikes up a friendship with Tony (Michael Barbieri), a gregarious and charismatic teen who has designs on acting (Jake is a budding artist). Their friendship takes a different turn after Tony’s Chilean mom Leonor (Paulina Garcia) battles over rent issues with Jake’s dad. Leonor claims that she had a special deal with the grandfather. Jake’s dad, who’s a struggling actor, wants the extra revenue even if it may cost his son a good friend.
The wonder behind Sachs’ work lies in his ability to craft poetry and, more importantly, a lived-in truth behind his characters’ respective journeys. Though well versed in cinematic technique, Sachs isn’t a flashy artist who shoots his scenes for a purely visceral effect. Moviegoers craving for a bit of intimate and well crafted storytelling should definitely gives this title a shot.
During our interview with Sachs, the filmmaker talked about the precision and balance that came along with shaping the universe of Little Men.
Bonus features on the disc include the featurette “The Making of Little Men” Casting sessions with Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz (both actors are excellent in the film), and the theatrical trailer.
We’re offering up two (2) Blu-rays of Skin Trade, a Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa action flick that was released by Magnolia Home Entertainment. The picture also stars Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman and Michael Jai White (Spawn).
Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurettes “Behind the Action: Fighting You Can Believe,” and the “Making of Skin Trade.” A profile on director Ekachai Uekrongtham, audio commentary with Dolph Lundgren, an interview with Dolph Lundgren (he also produced the film), and deleted scenes round out the special features.
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3. Entrants must live in the United States.
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**Magnolia Home Entertainment was gracious enough to send us two Blu-rays of the Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper film Serena. If you want to enter that Giveaway as well, check out our sister site Deepest Dream for that info.