This week sees the release of the "Encore Edition" of "A Star is Born," the Julianne Moore drama "Gloria Bell," Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" and the digital release of the horror film "Us."
To celebrate the enduring popularity of "A Star is Born" and its Oscar run, Warner Bros. re-released the film with additional footage that extends a few musical numbers in the first act and the Roy Orbison rehearsal scene. It's not essential, but for fans who couldn't get enough of the original, there's enough here to justify the double dip.
In 2013 Chile's official submission to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category was "Gloria," the story of a 58-year-old divorcee who reintroduces herself into the club scene. It was a delightful film and I looked forward to the English language version that saw the original writer/director Sebastián Lelio returning with Julianne Moore as the lead. Something has been lost in translation. Moore is incredible, but the film itself doesn't quite have the impact that the original did.
Elsewhere we have the "J.T. Leroy" a biographical film about Laura Albert, a woman who found fame while masquerading as a young, troubled and male writer starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern; the improbable "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," a film from visionary director Terry Gilliam that took 17 years to make (his failed attempt to make the film with Johnny Depp in 1998 is captured in the great documentary"Lost in La Mancha") that sees Gilliam returning to form with a strange and wonderful tale that feels like a thematic extension of his 1988 film "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen;" and "Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith" a film by English alternative rock band Tindersticks that uses the science films made in early 1900s by F. Percy Smith-naturalist as their visual inspiration.
"The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection" brings together 23 episodes featuring guest stars Jonathan Winters, Dick Van Dyke, The Three Stooges, Cass Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas, Laurel & Hardy and more (the only missing episode featured the characters from the Addams Family). Also available this week is the seventh season of Adult Swim's "The Venture Bros."
Television releases includes the third season of "Delicious," a British drama with soapy elements involving a promiscuous chef and his wife and ex-wife starring Dawn French and Emilia Fox and featuring Iain Glen; Tom Clancy's popular character Jack Ryan gets revamped for this self-titled television series with John Krasinski taking over the title role; and the first season of "London Kills," a British mystery drama from Paul Marquess ("Suspects," " Hollyoaks") featuring a skilled detective who can solve any case except for the disappearance of his wife.
Catalog titles getting new Blu-ray releases include the 1971 adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel "The Andromeda Strain," a sci-fi drama that sees all the inhabitants of a New Mexico town die after a government satellite crashes near by and "Trapped Alive," a 1988 horror film where two women are trapped in a mine with a mutated-cannibal creature.
Millcreek Entertainment launches its 90s re-issue line with the absurd sci-fi action of "Double Team" starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke; "Excess Baggage" starring Alicia Silverstone as a woman who tries to fake her own kidnapping, but ends up really getting kidnapped instead; "Jury Duty," a Pauly Shore comedy that finds the actor portraying a man who attempts to prolong a murder trial so he can enjoy the free room and board provided to jurors; and Dana Carvey in "Opportunity Knocks," the story of two con men who take up residence in home when the owner goes on vacation and the housesitter is unable to watch the home.
Millcreek also has a trilogy of double features including the sci-fi horror films "Mindwarp" and "Brainscan," the '90s comedies "Mo' Money" and "High School High" and the dramas"Stepmom" and "The Deep End of the Ocean."
Three notable digital releases this week include the fascinating "The Mustang," a film about a violent criminal who rediscovers himself through a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs; Jordan Peel's doppelganger-horror film "Us" with Lupita Nyong'o and "Wonder Park," an animated feature about an amusement park that is built by a young girl's imagination.