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30 Aug, 2010 By: Mike Clark

City Island

Anchor Bay, Comedy, B.O. $6.7 million, $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, ‘PG-13’ for sexual content, smoking and language.
Stars Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Ezra Miller, Alan Arkin, Emily Mortimer.
City Island’s screenplay is an original by director Raymond De Felitta and has a few roots in old-style sitcoms. All of the performances are spot on, with Andy Garcia as the patriarch of a family filled with people keeping secrets. There’s nothing fancy about this movie, but it has an assured tone that juggles comedy and pain against the implied advice it gives that people who live with each other might be better off if they just talked to each other at least once in a while.
Extras: One of the bonuses on the disc reunites the cast for a dinner table sit-around with real food, a kind of communal affair very much in keeping with the camaraderie it takes to get a labor of love like this made, to say nothing of breaking out of the pack.
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Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

Docurama, Documentary, B.O. $1.1 million, $29.95 two-DVD set, NR.
Someone in Aviva Kempner’s documentary about a multileveled pioneer calls Gertrude Berg an anomaly, which is as good a way as any to describe a well-dressed, opera-loving Park Avenue resident who created matriarch Molly Goldberg. The character was the centerpiece of television’s first successful sitcom ever, “The Goldbergs,” premiering in January 1949.
Extras: In addition to Kempner’s commentary, the extras are plentiful and require a second disc. They include a substantial tally of interview segments not included in the film and a sampling of complete “Goldberg” episodes including one with young actress Anne Italiano, later renamed Anne Bancroft when she went to Hollywood.
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L’enfance nue

Criterion, Drama, $29.95 DVD, NR.
In French with English subtitles.
Stars Michel Terrazon, Linda Gutemberg, Raoul Billery.
The late Maurice Pialiat’s film about foster care focuses on Francois (Michel Terrazon), who is frequently in scrapes, despite moments of tender behavior that keep the viewer off balance. The movie’s make-or-break moment comes early. Francois, with co-conspiring buddies, takes the cat belonging to the family with which he currently resides and drops it several floors down a stairwell. L’enfance nue is, actually (cat aside), quite accessible and journeys not an inch beyond the lives that uncountable people live everyday.
Extras: The movie isn’t at all an indictment of the French foster home system, though in a TV interview included in the bonus section, Pialiat chides himself for withholding insights his research had revealed — as in the significant number of foster children who commit suicide.
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Yellowstone Kelly

Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Western, $24.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Clint Walker, Edward Byrnes, John Russell, Andra Martin.
Though more familiarity might breed indifference were the movie not so infrequently shown these days, there’s definitely a nostalgic kick in re-seeing what was a very heavily promoted cross-demographic Western in its day. Kelly is ultimately a kiddie Western with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes of “77 Sunset Strip” for the teen girl demographic.
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