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article imageReview: New on DVD for July 24, 2012 Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Jul 23, 2012 in Entertainment
This week’s releases include a master of raw fish; an artsy thriller; a trip to the psych ward; a high-energy dance sequel; and library titles from classic actors.
Sony Pictures
Footnote (Blu-ray)
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honour for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father’s achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father’s.
Special features not available. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
The Island of Dr. Moreau: Unrated Director’s Cut (Blu-ray)
Dr. Moreau (Marlon Brando) uses the key of science to turn animal life forms into human-like beasts who threaten not only Moreau's island laboratory, but ultimately all mankind.
Special features not available. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Entertainment One
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Blu-ray)
Eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar. At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro's legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow.
Special features not available. (Entertainment One)
Entertainment One
Keyhole (DVD & Blu-ray combo pack)
After a long absence, gangster and father Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) arrives home to a house haunted with memories, towing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journeying through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. The equilibrium of the house has been disturbed and his odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the ghostly nooks and crannies of the house reveal more about the mysterious Pick family.
Special features not available. (Entertainment One)
Meeting Evil (DVD)
Richie (Samuel L. Jackson) is a mysterious stranger who shows up at John’s (Luke Wilson) door asking for help with his car. All too soon, the mild-mannered John discovers he has become an unwilling passenger, trapped in a murderous ride through town and deep into the countryside. When Richie decides to pay a visit to John’s wife (Leslie Bibb) and kids, John has no choice but to confront this sadistic and unpredictable killer - but saving his family will ultimately come at a terrible price.
Special features not available. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
On the Inside (DVD & Blu-ray combo pack)
A decent but troubled young man (Nick Stahl) is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.
The script is well constructed and executed, creating a picture with a slow build that pays off in the last 20 minutes. However, capping the runtime at 90 minutes means several details are glossed over. The head psychiatrist at the institution (Shohreh Aghdashloo) seems disinterested in the individual patients, only perceiving them as subjects of research and study. The attention given to the individual patients by the camera is interesting as it explores the underlying symptoms and causes of their illnesses. Stahl's character is at first an enigma, but he slowly develops into a sympathetic personality that the audience can support in his rehabilitation.
There are no special features. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Streetdance 2 (DVD & Blu-ray combo pack)
When top street dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel) is humiliated and laughed off stage by American crew Invincible, he sets off to gather the best dancers from around the world to take them on with a dance style they weren't expecting.
Special features not available. (Entertainment One)
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Gangsters – Humphrey Bogart (DVD)
All Through the Night: Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse: A brilliant Park Avenue doctor becomes a criminal to do research into the criminal mind.
High Sierra: After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.
The Petrified Forest: A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.
There are no special features. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
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