This week’s home entertainment line-up is a class act indeed, with a couple of biopic/historical dramas and the latest by a superb queer Brazilian filmmaker.
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($39.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Paramount)
Let’s just skip past the whole Oscar snub thingee and focus on this being one of last year’s must-sees. The tumult, strategies and violence leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act. Powerful stuff with a fantastic performance by David Oyelowo as King. Extras include deleted scenes, historic newsreels, making-of featurettes, commentary and more.
($34.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD: Sony)
Timothy Spall stars as 18th/19th Century British painter J.M.W. Turner in this latest period biopic by Topsy Turvy director Mike Leigh. A complicated man to say the least, at times piggish, at times generous and altruistic, at times cray cray in his methods — hey, he’s an artist — this is an enlightening portrait indeed. Extras include a commentary, two featurettes and a deleted scene.
($27.99 DVD: Strand)
Madame Sata, about a gender-bending, ass-kicking Brazilian favela-dweller, was one of the most blazingly original queer films of the previous decade. Its director, Karim Aïnouz, is back with a stunning cross-cultural feature about a Brazilian lifeguard who saves a German, setting off a profound chain of events and revelations.