Race and so­cial re­jec­tion

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By RICK BENT­LEY

TO KILL A Mock­ing­bird: To mark the 50th an­niver­sary of this amaz­ing movie, a com­mem­o­ra­tive limited edi­tion col­lec­tor’s se­ries Blu-ray combo pack is be­ing re­leased.

The dig­i­tally re­mas­tered and fully re­stored ver­sion of­fers clearer images, but this film, based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning novel, is al­ready pow­er­ful be­cause of the writ­ing and per­for­mances. This is one of the finest works by Gre­gory Peck in a ca­reer filled with mem­o­rable per­for­mances. Drive: The first half of this film from di­rec­tor Ni­co­las Wind­ing Refn should be called Coast.

Ryan Gosling is a Hol­ly­wood This week’s new dvd re­leases in­clude the blu-ray re­leases of a film clas­sic and sci-fi TV se­ries, and a dark tale star­ring ryan Gosling. stunt­man by day and get­away driver by night. When the loner con­nects with his neigh­bour (Carey Mul­li­gan), he gets a clue to a past that’s turned him into a so­cio­pathic driver. The te­dium of the film might have worked if Gosling’s char­ac­ter had any life, but Refn’s di­rec­tion is me­thod­i­cal to the point of be­ing pre­ten­tious.

Drive is one of those movies that wraps it­self in the art of cinema by cherry-pick­ing the best from gen­res such as film noir, Sam Peck­in­pah vi­o­lence and 1970s so­cial re­jec­tion. It might have worked in the hands of a bet­ter movie me­chanic, but Refn’s ve­hi­cle stalls out. Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion – The Next Level: Episodes of the 1980s-90s sci-fi TV se­ries are be­ing re­leased in the en­hanced Blu-ray for­mat. The ini­tial re­lease in­cludes En­counter at Far­point, Sins Of The Fa­ther and The In­ner Light. This up­grade cre­ates images so sharp that the prod­uct is far su­pe­rior to the orig­i­nal.

Also new on DVD this week

The Big Year: Three avid bird­watch­ers (Owen Wil­son, Jack Black and Steve Martin) com­pete to spot the rarest birds in North Amer­ica.

Chalet Girl: A cham­pion skate­boarder dis­cov­ers snow­board­ing.

Thun­der Soul: Jamie Foxx nar­rates this doc­u­men­tary about a high school band that be­comes a funk phe­nom­e­non.

Bollywood Beats: A young man’s life changes when he starts a dance class.

Hey Dude: Sea­son 2: Chris­tine Tay­lor stars in this cable se­ries about life on a dude ranch.

In Time: In a fu­ture where peo­ple stop ag­ing at 25 but are en­gi­neered to live only one more year, they try to buy time.

Front­line: A Per­fect Ter­ror­ist: A look at David Cole­man Headley’s rise from heroin dealer to mas­ter plot­ter of the 2008 at­tack on Mum­bai.

The Other F Word: Doc­u­men­tary looks at what hap­pens when punk rock­ers be­come fa­thers.

The Thing: At an Antarc­tica re­search site, an alien craft is dis­cov­ered.

Dream House: A man (Daniel Craig) and his fam­ily re­lo­cate to a quaint New Eng­land town; they soon learn that a mother and her two chil­dren were mur­dered in the same res­i­dence.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Se­ries 1: Ten full-length mys­ter­ies star­ring David Suchet as the Bel­gian de­tec­tive.

Nova: 3-D Spies Of WWII, De­stroy­ing Hitler’s Top Se­cret Rock­ets: A 3-D look at air pho­tos shot over Ger­man ter­ri­tory by spe­cially con­verted, high-fly­ing Spit­fires.

Outrage: Way Of The Yakuza: Sev­eral yakuza clans vie for the favour of their head fam­ily in the Ja­panese un­der­world.

Mon­signor: An Amer­i­can priest (Christopher Reeve) makes il­le­gal deals to fill The Vat­i­can’s cof­fers. – The Fresno Bee/ Mc­clatchy-tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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