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By Sarah Gopaul     Dec 2, 2014 in Entertainment
This week’s releases include a delectable dip into the world of the culinary elite; the zany adventures of two young women in New York; the second to last season of a gripping series; and a convoluted exploration of love and deception.
Broad City: Season One (DVD)
Paramount Home Media Distribution
Making quick bank by “returning” office supplies from your temp job? Check. Identifying the suspicious stains on the rental apartment wall? Done. The series follows the adventures of two best friends (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer) working in the big city. No matter how bad it gets, these broads are always down with whatever hits them.
Two broke twenty-somethings can get into a lot of trouble — most of which is not beyond the realm of reality save for the fact that it all happens to this pair of young women. The first episode sees them trying to raise the funds for an epic party via stolen office supplies and a questionable maid service. A lost/stolen cell phone takes them on a wild goose chase across the city, tracking its GPS from the Upper East Side to Central Park. A double date keeps getting a little too dualistic. Though the voyage to a wedding by every available means of transportation is probably one of the most ridiculous storylines. The show is funny precisely because it doesn’t resemble a traditional sitcom and the girls are not purely obsessed with falling in love and getting married.
Special features include: commentary on select episodes; outtakes and deleted scenes; and photo gallery. (Paramount Home Media Distribution)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Blu-ray & Digital copy)
DreamWorks Pictures
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all-out war between the two establishments — until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore.
Though not front and centre, the culinary world is built on fierce rivalries within the kitchen and between establishments. Papa and Madame Mallory engage in war at the food market and Hassan's love interest is a sous chef (Charlotte Le Bon) whose ambitions in the kitchen stand as an obstacle to their getting together. Though most of it is framed in lighthearted comedy, the deep-seated seriousness of the craft can still be detected. The Kadams are an amusing bunch. Papa is stubborn in his plans and his five children have no choice but to go along as he embarrasses them with his promotional tactics. Madame Mallory is the typical female entrepreneur with a tough exterior that is slowly penetrated by her rivals' spirit. Not surprisingly the upbeat score is provided by A.R. Rahman, adding flavour and texture to the narrative. The music is an important part of the story, regularly used to emphasize the diversity of French and Indian culture.
Special features include: “The Hundred-Foot Journey with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey”; “The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey”; “On Set With Oprah Winfrey”; and “Coconut Chicken.” (DreamWorks Pictures)
Justified: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman) is heading north to invest a $300,000 settlement from the Marshals Service in a brothel owned by Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), but it isn’t long before his cousin Daryl Jr. (Michael Rapaport) and the rest of their Florida crime family arrive to cash in, too. As Daryl looks to consolidate the business in Harlan, Boyd’s efforts to help Ava (Joelle Carter) fix her murder trial run aground, forcing him to reach out to ruthless crime bosses from Lexington, Detroit, and even Canada and Mexico. With the Crowes complicating life in Harlan, Boyd enters into a series of ill-fated alliances that threaten to bring him down and expose Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) involvement in a mobster’s questionable death. With Raylan’s future in doubt, a revenge attack catches Art (Nick Searcy) in its crosshairs, unleashing a federal investigation that throws the Crowes into turmoil and puts Boyd on a collision course with the law.
The penultimate season of the enticing crime drama sees Raylan closing the books on a few long running cases with the primary focus of each episode being the Crowe family. In between fighting the bad guys, he tries to keep a discreet, casual relationship with Allison (Amy Smart) while avoiding his familial responsibilities in Florida. The first episode shows nothing has changed for Raylan in terms of his sense of justice or level of comfort with intimacy. But he’s also just as charming and intelligent, even if that means he sometimes abuses his power for the greater good. Boyd is equally a staple of most storylines, trying his hand at some new illegal business ventures with varied success. Even though the body count was fairly high, the final season will undoubtedly be the climax as it wraps up matters that have stretched years.
Special features include: commentaries; deleted scenes; making-of featurette. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things (Blu-ray)
Paramount Home Media Distribution
Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) faces his greatest challenge as he’s transported through time — from his beginnings with the Enterprise to decades after his return to Earth — with no explanation of how or why… until Q (John de Lancie) reveals the true nature of his journey. The existence of all humanity is in danger, and Picard himself is the cause. The bonds and courage of his beloved crew are tested as they rush to repair the rupture at the focal point where time and anti-time exist and prove to Q once again that humankind is worth saving.
This independent release captures the final two episodes of the series, which consisted of a two-part story arc that spanned three time periods: past, present and future. Although linked to a rather dire situation, it is amusing for fans to revisit the early days of the Enterprise and what the future may hold for the crew as the series drew to an end. The future is particularly interesting as the power dynamics have shifted and the team has drifted apart. Of course this would not be the last time Picard would be at the helm as the series finale was followed by four feature films starring the original cast. Nonetheless, bringing back one of the show’s most favoured villains to give it its send-off was a terrific choice that works exceedingly well.
Special features include: commentary by Ronald D. Mooore and Brannon Braga; deleted scenes; “The Unknown Possibilities of Existence: Making “All Good Things”; and episodic promos. (Paramount Home Media Distribution)
Third Person (Blu-ray)
D Films
The film tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome through three couples who appear to have nothing related, but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, and children lost and found.
Even though writer/director Paul Haggis wants audiences to allow all the stories on the screen to melt into each other by the end, they’re better judged independently via the first three-quarters of the film. In spite of the parallels and pressure to view the picture as a cohesive whole, the tools may not be there to do so. Nevertheless, the actors are obviously invested in their characters and giving them all that’s necessary to draw a viewer’s interest. Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody and Liam Neeson each take on personalities contrary to their usual roles (particularly in recent years), delivering impressive performances that transcend the convoluted script.
Special features include: commentary by Paul Haggis, Moran Atias, Laurence Bennett, Jo Francis and Michael Nozik; making-of featurette; and Q&A with writer/director Paul Haggis. (D Films)
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