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New on Disc: 'It's Complicated' and more …

26 Apr, 2010 By: Mike Clark

It’s Complicated

Street 4/27
Universal, Comedy, B.O. $112.7 million, $29.98 DVD, $36.98 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for some drug content and sexuality.
Stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Alexandra Wentworth.
The stars largely bail out the material, and Nancy Meyers’ film boasts a contender for last year’s single funniest movie scene.
Extras: Includes one of those no doubt sincere but nonetheless irritating featurettes where the co-stars praise their fellow actors. The non-actor personnel who accompany Meyers on the commentary include cinematographer John Toll.
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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Street 4/27
New Video, Documentary, B.O. $0.05 million, $29.95 DVD, NR.
This documentary about prominent 1960s and ’70s attorney William Kunstler (of Chicago 8 fame) was co-directed by his daughters.
Extras: Superb stuff, such as gritty footage from Attica, home movies, a college commencement speech in Buffalo Kunstler made just four months before his 1995 death, and a funny comedy club appearance he made less than a month before he died.
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The Fugitive Kind

Street 4/27
Criterion, Drama, $39.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton.
Certain things in life are basically a slam-dunk to elicit a risible reaction. One of them is seeing Marlon Brando in snakeskin, slinging a guitar and going by the name of “Valentine Xavier.”
Extras: A fine recent interview with director Sidney Lumet, an essay, a filmed portrait of playwright Tennessee Williams and a kinescope of 1958’s Lumet-directed Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, which aired on NBC’s “Kraft Television Theatre.”
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Andy Kaufman: World Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion

Street 4/27
Infinity, Comedy, $19.98 DVD, NR.
Stars Andy Kaufman.
When Andy Kaufman challenged the women of the world to pin him in the wrestling ring, the most original comic of his day proved beyond a doubt that there were no limits to his imagination.
Extras: On-screen Kaufman bio text, an “Andy Wrestles the Ladies!” featurette and home movies of Andy wrestling women at an L.A. comedy club.
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The Landlord

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MGM, Comedy, $19.98 DVD, ‘PG’ for.
Stars Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey.
Hal Ashby’s directorial debut gave Beau Bridges perhaps his best big-screen showcase, as a rich kid who spruces up a run-down tenement to befriend its tenants.
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