Watch A DVD This Weekend

By Chris Narloch

Streaming, video on demand, and DVDs are a great way to catch up on movies that never made it to town, received a very limited local release, or were made before you were born.

The following four films are now available on DVD and Blu-ray and include two fascinating titles from 2017 and a pair of movies I saw as a teenager that made an impression on me back in the day.

Last Flag Flying
This movie only played for a week or two on one screen in Sacramento, late last year, during the rush of Oscar hopefuls flooding in to theaters before the end of 2017.

“Last Flag Flying” wasn’t a hit and didn’t end up receiving any Oscar nominations, but it’s a compelling film, by a major director with an excellent cast, that deserves to be seen.

The great Richard Linklater (“Boyhood,” “Before Sunrise,” “School of Rock”) directs Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell in a bittersweet road trip that reunites three Vietnam vets 30 years later, when one of their sons tragically dies in the Iraq war.

Don’t miss this moving drama about love, loss and reconnection now that it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Nicole Kidman is receiving a renewed popularity thanks to her award-winning role in last year’s “Big Little Lies” on the small screen, but her equally acclaimed big screen career continues as well.

Kidman and Colin Farrell costar in this very strange mystery as the parents of two beautiful children who are visited by tragedy after the son of one of Farrell’s patients begins to menace the family after his dad dies.

Dark and disturbing, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”), and it definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

The film received a very limited release and never played in Sacramento at all, but it’s worth seeing if you can appreciate a truly warped tale of revenge, and Barry Keoghan is pretty chilling as the fatherless teen.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate.

Night Moves
The great Gene Hackman stars in this cult classic from 1975 about a private detective in Los Angeles who stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling after he is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter (a young Melanie Griffith, in her first major role).

“Night Moves” is an atmospheric mystery that is short on action but filled with terrific performances, especially by Hackman, one of the finest American movie actors of the last fifty years, who is sorely missed since he retired from making films.

The Man With Two Brains
It’s more uneven than his finest films (like “Roxanne” and “All of Me”), but Steve Martin is very funny in this wonderfully wacky comedy from 1983 that has Martin playing a brilliant surgeon who falls in love with a talking brain.

Don’t think about the ridiculous plot too hard; just revel in the outrageous nuttiness of the script -- co-written by Martin -- and the direction by comedy king Carl Reiner. If you liked the silly, slapstick movies of Jerry Lewis, you should love “The Man With Two Brains.”

Note: “Night Moves” and “The Man With Two Brains” are now available on Blu-ray from www.wbshop.com/warnerarchive.  

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