‘Tales’ needs lit­tle trans­la­tion

Los Angeles Times - - CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD - By Noel Mur­ray Cal­en­dar@la­times.com

Wild Tales Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99 Avail­able on VOD Tues­day.

Damián Sz­ifrón’s funny, stylish for­eign lan­guage film Os­car nom­i­nee is the kind of movie that could turn for­eign film skep­tics into fans. Sz­ifrón writes and di­rects a sex­tet of short sto­ries, con­nected by the theme of tem­po­rary mad­ness and uni­fied by the movie’s will­ing­ness to present ev­ery­day life as an es­pe­cially nerve-rack­ing “Twi­light Zone” episode. Although ev­ery vi­gnette be­gins with or­di­nary frus­tra­tions — like road rage or park­ing tick­ets — the ten­sion builds and the film­mak­ing gets more ex­pres­sive as the char­ac­ters turn ir­ra­tional and vi­o­lent. “Wild Tales” isn’t that pro­found, but for a de­pic­tion of hu­man be­hav­ior at its most ex­treme, ithas an un­usual panache. The DVD and Blu-ray add fea­turettes.

The Wreck­ing Crew! Mag­no­lia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Like “Stand­ing in the Shad­ows of Mo­town” and “20 Feet from Star­dom,” Danny Tedesco’s doc­u­men­tary is an in­for­ma­tive, inspiring look at the mu­si­cians who worked in vir­tual anonymity to help shape popular mu­sic. The film re­turns to the Los An­ge­les pop and rock scenes of the 1960s, when a group of savvy, ver­sa­tile, col­lab­o­ra­tive ses­sion play­ers rounded out the mu­si­cal vi­sions of ev­ery­one from Phil Spec­tor to Brian Wil­son. As the son of one of those side­men, Tedesco knew who to talk to and what to ask and gets into both the mu­si­cians’ worka­holic life­style and how they came up with riffs and fills that are among the era’s most mem­o­rable. The re­sult is a mean­ing­ful re­flec­tion on an art at one of its key tran­si­tion-points. The DVD and Blu-ray add deleted scenes.

An­dre Gre­gory& Wal­lace Shawn: 3Films Cri­te­rion, $99.95; Blu-ray, $99.95

The odd part­ner­ship of New York avant-garde theater main­stays Wal­lace Shawn and An­dre Gre­gory was first in­tro­duced to movie­go­ers in 1981’s “My Din­ner with An­dre,” where they turned a fic­tion­al­ized ver­sion of their own lives into a filmed con­ver­sa­tion as pol­ished and po­tent as a great play. Shawn, Gre­gory and their “Din­ner” direc­tor Louis Malle re-teamed for 1994’s “Vanya on 42nd Street,” an An­ton Chekhov adap­ta­tion that the ac­tors re­hearsed with friends in a crum­bling old theater for years be­fore they put it on screen. And then last year they worked with direc­tor Jonathan Demme in a fancy New York club to do a mod­ern­ized take on Hen­rik Ib­sen, “A Mas­ter Builder.” Cri­te­rion’s box set of all three films in­cludes new and vin­tage doc­u­men­taries and in­ter­views, mak­ing it an un­ex­pect­edly gen­er­ous pack­age of Gre­gory and Shawn’s col­lab­o­ra­tions and a doc­u­ment of the work of two artists with one foot in the clas­sics and the other in ex­per­i­men­ta­tion for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion’s sake.

Wel­come to Me Mil­len­nium, $19.99; Blu-ray, $24.99

Since leav­ing “Satur­day Night Live,” Kristen Wiig hasn’t re­ally fol­lowed up on her block­buster 2011 com­edy “Brides­maids,” in­stead choos­ing to do bit parts in larger movies and leads in

ec­cen­tric indies. “Wel­come to Me” is an­other of the lat­ter. Wiig stars as a lot­tery win­ner with men­tal and emo­tional dis­or­ders who uses her jack­pot to fi­nance a tele­vi­sion show where she talks about her life and her ob­ses­sions, to the con­ster­na­tion of her friends, fam­ily and lovers. It’s an edgy per­for­mance in an ad­mirably dark but dis­tract­ingly quirky film, writ­ten by Eliot Lau­rence and di­rected by Shira Piven.

Be­yond The Reach Lion­s­gate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99

Chap­pie Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99 Avail­able on VOD Tues­day.

The Lazarus Ef­fect 20th Cen­tury Fox, $29.98; Bluray, $39.99 Avail­able on VOD Tues­day.

The News­room The Com­plete Third Sea­son

HBO,$39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99

Run All-Night Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $44.95 Avail­able on VOD Tues­day.

Un­fin­ished Busi­ness 20th Cen­tury Fox, $29.98; Bluray, $39.99

Javier Ju­lia Sony Pic­tures Clas­sics

RI­CARDO DARIN in the funny, stylish “Wild Tales,” a for­eign lan­guage film Os­car nom­i­nee.

Mag­no­lia Pic­tures

UN­HER­ALDED MU­SI­CIANS Carol Kaye and Bill Pit­man in Danny Tedesco’s “TheWreck­ing Crew!”

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