‘Green­berg’ bum­bles onto dvd, along with noir, Ja­panese mas­ter

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360BETS - — John De­Fore, spe­cial to the Amer­icanStatesman

PICK OF THE WEEK: ‘Green­berg’ (Uni­ver­sal): Many view­ers re­coiled at this new Noah Baumbach film be­cause its ti­tle char­ac­ter (played by Ben Stiller), is so deeply, un­en­dear­ingly messed up. Oth­ers of us were thrilled to see Stiller do so well in a role that isn’t a kid-flick or numb­skull com­edy. (Not that we didn’t love his ‘Tropic Thun­der’ numb­skullery.) OTHER TOP PICKS: ‘In­som­nia’ (2002) (Blu-ray): Christo­pher Nolan’s re­make of a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller set at lat­i­tudes where night never falls.

‘Brew­ster McCloud’ (Warner Bros.): Robert Altman’s Astrodome-cen­tric film (star­ring Bud Cort of ‘Harold and Maude’ fame) fi­nally hits disc — but is only avail­able at Warner’s web-re­tail Ar­chive (www. wb­shop.com).

‘Film Noir Clas­sic Col­lec­tion: Vol. 5’ (Warner Bros.): Eight ti­tles, some from such star au­teurs as An­thony Mann and Don Siegel, for a cool fifty bucks.

‘Two Films by Ta­su­jiro Ozu: The Only Son & There Was a Fa­ther’ (Cri­te­rion): Lit­tle­seen early work by the Ja­panese mas­ter, one of which was his first sound film.

Fresh from the mul­ti­plex: ‘The Bounty Hunter,’ ‘Chloe’ (Sony); ‘The Great­est’ (E1 En­ter­tain­ment); ‘Our Fam­ily Wed­ding’ (Fox)

New on Blu-ray: ‘Al­pha Dog,’ ‘As­sault on Precinct 13,’ ‘In Bruges’ (Uni­ver­sal); ‘Aquar­ium Im­pres­sions,’ ‘Fire­place Im­pres­sions’ (C&B Pro­duc­tions)

Art­house/for­eign: ‘Girl By the Lake’ (MPI); ‘Here and There’ (Lightyear); ‘Ter­ri­bly Happy’ (Os­cil­lo­scope); ‘Vi­vere’ (E1 En­ter­tain­ment)

Doc­u­men­taries: ‘8: The Mor­mon Propo­si­tion’ (Wolfe); ‘Sav­ing Mar­riage’ (E1 En­ter­tain­ment); ‘Don’t You For­get About Me’ (Phase 4)

TV on DVD: A quin­tet of ‘Life­time’ orig­i­nals (A&E); ‘The Lucy Show’ Sea­son 2 (Para­mount); ‘Mys­tery Sci­ence Theater 3000’ Vol. XVIII, ‘Street Hawk’ Com­plete Se­ries (Shout! Fac­tory); ‘Psych’ Sea­son 4 (Uni­ver­sal); ‘Satur­day Night Live’ best-ofs: Tracy Mor­gan and Will Fer­rell (Lion­s­gate); ‘Sav­ing Grace’ Fi­nal Sea­son, ‘White Col­lar’ Sea­son 1 (Fox); ‘Sell­ing Hitler,’ ‘Venice Re­vealed,’ ‘World War I in Color’ (Acorn Me­dia); ‘Tori Amos: Live from the Artists Den’ (Artists Den Records)

Straight(ish) to video: Austin-shot SXSW alum ‘Ar­tois the Goat’ (Indiepix); 50 Cent in ‘Caught in the Cross­fire’ (Lion­s­gate); James Van Der Beek in ‘For­mosa Be­trayed’ (Screen Me­dia Films); Ron Liv­ingston dis­cov­ers Cam­bo­dian sex traf­fick­ing in ‘Holly’ (Cin­ema Epoch); Su­san Saran­don in John Stock­well’s ‘Mid­dle of Nowhere’ (Im­age); Steve Buscemi in ‘Saint John of Las Ve­gas’ (Vivendi)

Kids’ stuff: ‘The Back­yardi­gans: Op­er­a­tion Ele­phant Drop,’ ‘Nick Jr. Fa­vorites: The First Day of School,’ ‘Sponge­bob Squarepants: Tri­ton’s Re­venge’ (Nick­elodeon); ‘Sesame Street: 20 Years... And Still Count­ing,’ ‘Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky’ (Lion­s­gate)

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