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What movies to watch at home now? Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time,’ for starters

by Ace Damon

New to Blu-ray

"Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood" (Sony DVD, $ 30.99; Blu-ray, $ 38.99; 4K, $ 45.99; also available on VOD)

For the dazzling "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood," director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino revisits Los Angeles from his youth, telling a strange and not very true story about showbiz, about a western TV star named Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his affable stuntman Cliff (Brad Pitt), rising star Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and a band of violent counterculture revolutionaries enslaved by Charles Manson. Avoiding his usual deconstruction of genre, Tarantino focuses more on recreating a slice of 1969 life in dense layers, inspired by the music and fashion of the time, but filtered by the filmmaker's usual insistence on rewriting pop history. The result is a fun and exciting drama, full of moments and images that Tarantino could imagine.

(Special features: Scenes and features deleted)


“Knives and skin” (available now)

Fans of David Lynch and "Donnie Darko" could be the ideal audience for "Knives and Skin" by writer and director Jennifer Reeder, a highly stylized high school noir. After a small-town girl disappears following an awkward sexual encounter, her friends, family, and teachers are haunted by her absence – and worried that her own secrets might soon be exposed. Reeder tells nothing like a conventional mystery story here. The performances are intentionally monotonous, and the plot matters less than the many disturbing and surreal moments in which young people reflect on their deepest desires. It is an art movie, not a genre exercise. But it could resonate with moviegoers who like to see among the upside-down melodramas.

TV set of the week

"The Simpsons: Full Stations 1-20" (20th Century Fox DVD, $ 549.99)

Very few TV series lasted as long as the animated satire "The Simpsons" and even fewer had a sustained series of excellence. The fan-driven limited edition box set “The Simpsons: Full Season 1 to 20” (of which only 1,000 copies are available) contains over 400 episodes of clever and fast comedy, with characters and jokes that have become integral part of American popular culture. These cleverly crafted stories about a not-so-typical suburban family have had a lasting influence on modern television.

(Special Features: Extensive Backstage Material)

From the archives

"Fritz Lang's Indian Epic" (Movie Movement Classics DVD, $ 39.95; Blu-ray, $ 49.95)

Early in director Fritz Lang's career, he worked on adapting his second wife's novel "The Indian Tomb", Thea von Harbou, about a German architect drawn to the dark and exotic world of a maharajah. Another director eventually made the film, but decades later – after Lang's long and productive Hollywood season ended – he was given a chance by a German producer to return to Europe to make his own version, released in two parts in 1959 as Tiger. of Eschnapur "and" The Indian Tomb. "obsessive jealousy.

(Special Features: Detailed resources and an informative comment track by Lang expert David Kalat)

Three more to see

Hustlers (Universal DVD / Blu-ray, $ 24.99; 4K, $ 44.98; also available on VOD); "It Chapter Two" (Warner Bros. DVD, $ 28.98; Blu-ray, $ 35.99; 4K, $ 44.95; also available on VOD); "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" (Greenwich DVD, $ 29.95; Blu-ray, $ 34.95; Also Available on VOD)


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