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New on Disc: 'The Queen of Versailles' and more …

12 Nov, 2012 By: Mike Clark


The Queen of Versailles

Street 11/13
Magnolia, Documentary, B.O. $2.38 million, $26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray, ‘PG’ for thematic elements and language.
2012.
In most ways other than nutritional or those involving overall taste and judgment, the likely-to-remain-indelible protagonists of director Lauren Greenfield’s access-heavy documentary don’t really come off as the predictable folks we love to hate when their actions (possibly oblivious) tell the world to eat cake during the worst economic years since the Great Depression. Jackie Siegel is a somewhat surprisingly down-to-earth trophy wife (and generous to friends in need). Husband David starts to look increasingly beaten to hell as his company (Westgate Resorts — billed as the country’s largest time-share concern) falls prey to the era’s economic meltdown just as he’s building the largest private home in the country, one where a clothes closet can be mistakenly taken for a bedroom.
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The Tall T

Manufactured on demand via online retailers
Sony Pictures, Western, $20.95 DVD-R, NR.
Stars Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O’Sullivan, Henry Silva.
1957.
Because Randolph Scott was among the most agreeably stalwart constants in the history of movies, the famed Scott-Budd Boetticher Westerns mostly rise or fall on the quality of their villains. Often, Scott and his designated nemesis find they have one or two things in common. This makes for a superb degree of cinematic tension on a meager budget, especially when the villain is portrayed by an actor as interesting as Richard Boone in The Tall T. Here, he’s in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with Scott — courtesy of a Burt Kennedy script that just barely led to the first movie adapted from an Elmore Leonard story.
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