Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 BETS - — John De Fore, spe­cial to the Amer­i­can-States­man


‘Black Nar­cis­sus’ and ‘The Red Shoes’ (Cri­te­rion). Two color-coded mas­ter­pieces from the hey­day of the Pow­ell/Press­burger team, the lat­ter of which is well known as one of Martin Scors­ese’s fa­vorites, get reis­sued on both stan­dard DVD and Blu-ray. OTHER TOP PICKS:

‘The Bong Joon-Ho Col­lec­tion’ (Mag­no­lia). “The Host” joins two other fea­tures for this box set from one of South Korea’s hottest film­mak­ers.

‘The Ru­n­aways’ (Sony). Kris­ten Ste­wart takes a break from vam­pires to play Joan Jett in a muchdis­cussed biopic.

‘A Town Calle d Panic’ (Zeit­geist). More a se­ries of stitched-to­gether episodes than a fea­ture film, this bizarro Bel­gian an­i­mated tale (which pre­miered at Fan­tas­tic Fest) is a real charmer.

‘Favela on Blast’ (Mad De­cent). A world of slum-bred Brazil­ian funk is un­veiled in this sweaty SXSW-alum

doc­u­men­tary di­rected by M.I.A. pro­ducer Di­plo.

Fresh from the mul­ti­plex. “Cop Out,” “The Losers” (Warner Bros.)

New on Blu-ray. “Mu­sic Lover’s Europe,” “The Great Cities” and “San Fran­cisco, Seat­tle, Van­cou­ver” (Ques­tar); “Cats & Dogs” (Warner Bros.); “Tin Man” (2007) (Vivendi)

Art­house/for­eign. “May 18” (Vir­gil Films); Jean-Paul Bel­mondo in “The Pro­fes­sional” (1981) (Lion­s­gate)

Doc­u­men­taries. “Col­lege, Inc.,” “Ground War,” “Mt. St. He­lens: Back From the Dead,” “The New Re­cruits” (PBS); “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neu­tral on a Mov­ing Train,” “The Most Dan­ger­ous Man in Amer­ica: Daniel Ells­berg and the Pen­tagon Pa­pers,” “Prodi­gal Sons” (First Run Pic­tures); “Nol­ly­wood Baby­lon” (Kino)

TV on DVD. “Be­ing Hu­man” Sea­son 1, “Des­per­ate Ro­man­tics,” “Look Around You” Sea­son 1 (BBC); “Courage the Cow­ardly Dog” Sea­son 1 (Warner Bros.); “De­grassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion” Sea­son 9 (Echo Bridge); “Elaine Paige: Cel­e­brat­ing 40 Years on Stage” (PBS); “Jersey Shore” Sea­son 1, “Mat­lock” Sea­son 5 (Para­mount); “My Boys” Sea­sons 2 & 3 (Sony); “Simon & Simon” Sea­son 5 (Shout! Fac­tory)

Cult corner. “2001 Ma­ni­acs: Field of Screams” (First Look); “For­bid­den World,” “Galaxy of Ter­ror” (Shout! Fac­tory); “Rin: Daugh­ters of Mnemosyne” Com­plete Se­ries (FU­Ni­ma­tion)

Straight(ish) to video. “En­tre Nos” (Indiepix); “Evil Aliens” (Im­age); Jane Lynch in “I Do & I Don’t,” Jean Reno in “Ul­ti­mate Heist” (Phase4)

Kids’ stuff. “Cail­lou: Cail­lou’s Fun Out­side,” “Martha Speaks: Martha Goes to School,” “Su­per Why: At­tack of the Eraser” (Para­mount); “Mu­sic, Mu­sic Ev­ery­where” (Lion­s­gate); “Su­per Friends!” Sea­son 1, Vol. 2 (Warner Bros.)

Fol­low the ad­ven­tures of Horse, Cow­boy and In­dian from the com­fort of your own couch. The Bel­gian stop-mo­tion an­i­mated film ‘A Town Called Panic’ is now out on DVD.

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