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New on disc: 'Crazy Heart,' 'Tales From the Script' and more …

19 Apr, 2010 By: Mike Clark

Crazy Heart

Street 4/20
Fox, Drama, B.O. $38.8 million, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for language and brief sexuality.
Stars Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell.
As broken-down singer “Bad” Blake, Oscar winner Jeff Bridges looks as if his halitosis has halitosis — though the moniker he carries in writer-director Scott Cooper’s script (adapted from Thomas Cobb’s novel) is effective in its hard-consonant directness and simplicity.
Extras: The actors talk about their attraction to the project on the Blu-ray, which also has a couple alternate cuts of tunes that the regular DVD doesn’t have. Both versions contain deleted scenes.
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Minority Report (Blu-ray)

Street 4/20
Paramount, Sci-Fi, $29.99 Blu-ray, ‘PG-13’ for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content.
Stars Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Colin Farrell, Neal McDonough, Steve Harris.
Director Steven Spielberg’s kinetic, futuristic take on the police procedural is still a dandy that shows how good an actor Tom Cruise can be.
Extras: Includes a newly edited mix of vintage and fresher material, plus an interview with Spielberg shot just as the movie was opening theatrically.
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Tales From the Script

Street 4/20
First Run, Documentary, B.O. $0.008 million, $24.95 DVD, NR.
“Talking heads documentary” can be a pejorative term, but when the subject is screenwriters discussing their craft and, too often, their heartbreak, the talk is likely to be on a very high level. Tales is the most telling screen portrait on its subject that we’re likely to have.
Extras: Whatever you do, don’t skip the DVD’s bonus section. The supplemental interviews have some of the juiciest anecdotes.
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Vivre sa vie

Street 4/20
Criterion, Drama, $39.95 DVD or Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot.
The movie is constructed as a dozen tableaux scenes chronicling a woman’s descent from a record store employee who can’t pay her rent into a prostitute. Like a lot of Jean-Luc Godard films, it eschews narrative fat for the so-called high points.
Extras: The DVD/Blu-ray transfers jump off the screen, and one of the many Criterion supplements is a vintage article describing how the natural sound recording here was very advanced for its time.
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Arizona Dream

Available now via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.95 DVD, ‘R.’
Stars Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Jerry Lewis, Lili Taylor.
Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis play car salesmen. For collectors of the peculiar, this may be your day.
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