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New on Disc: 'Eyes Without a Face' and more …

28 Oct, 2013 By: Mike Clark

Eyes Without a Face (Blu-ray)

Criterion, Drama, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
In French with English subtitles.
Stars Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Edith Scob.
When this all but unique French film opened in America around Halloween time and nearly three years late, what audiences ended up getting was a methodically paced under-your-skin chiller with so little graphic gore that even its most explicit shot is purposely out of focus. Worldwide, director Georges Franju was handicapped by working in a genre not conducive to the tastemakers of the day, so it took a while for Eyes Without a Face to see its reputation secured with sharper noggins. Aside from one key new featurette, this Blu-ray is an upgrade from Criterion’s 2004 standard DVD, and I have never seen the picture looking this good.
Extras: The carryovers include the director’s famous but infrequently shown Blood of the Beasts from 1949, a 22-minute documentary that redefines the word “clinical” in its no-holds-barred look at a Parisian slaughterhouse and everything that entails.
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The New York Yankees 2000 World Series: Collector’s Edition

A&E, Sports, $29.98 DVD, NR.
The first “Subway Series” since the 1950s was a five-game affair in which the New York Yankees won their third-consecutive World Series title and fourth in five years against the Mets. Every game here is a good one. Both Yankees fans and cultural historians will get a kick out of this set, though it’s a step down from more lavish past Series boxes that included odds-and-ends highlights or interviews, plus even a game or two from one of the winner’s earlier playoff games from that season.
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