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New on Disc: 'The Secret in Their Eyes,' 'That Evening Sun' and more …

20 Sep, 2010 By: Mike Clark

The Secret in Their Eyes

Street 9/21
Sony Pictures, Drama, B.O. $6.4 million, $28.95 DVD, $38.96 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language.
Stars Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella.
The Secret in Their Eyes, the most recent foreign-language Oscar winner, is several movies in one — beginning as a whodunit where we pretty well know who did it by the two-thirds mark. But it’s also about romance that gets frustrated over a period of decades; unspoken affection between members of different social classes; office politics and rivalries; political interference that prevents justice from being accomplished; and questions about what constitutes just punishment: execution or perhaps something more imaginative? It’s grown-up material that wasn’t designed for theaters that have video games in the lobby. Even those adverse to subtitles should still take the leap to enjoy a movie that’s fully accessible.
Extras: Director/co-writer Juan Jose Campanella delivers a commentary and appears in a couple featurettes.
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That Evening Sun

Image, Drama, B.O. $0.3 million, $27.97 DVD, $29.97 Blu-ray, ‘PG-13’ for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements.
Stars Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Mia Wasikowska, Walton Goggins, Carrie Preston.
Adapted from a short story by William Gay, Sun got a handful of commercial play dates (after considerable festival activity) in what felt like an attempt to get Hal Holbrook a best-actor Oscar nomination. I think this is a better movie than what eventually won, Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart.
Extras: Writer-director Scott Teems, who says he doesn’t like director commentaries, shares one here with key filmmaking associates, explaining the sweat that went into what was only a four-week shoot. A bonus visual essay about the movie doesn’t work all that well, but there is an excellent featurette about all that went into a key scene between Lonzo and his wife.
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The Wall: A World Divided

PBS, Documentary, $24.99 DVD, NR.
The degree to which political hacks based in East Berlin snooped on fellow citizens remains a profound shocker with built-in dramatic punch. One such victim describes what he discovered about his own files at roughly the midway point in this documentary, written and directed by Eric Stange. He was consigned to being blackballed for life over the discovery of posters for the Woodstock Festival on the walls of his room. Of course, it took a while for East Germany’s in-house spy mechanism to get oiled and operational, so this hour-long remembrance starts at the beginning and brings viewers all the way through to the fall of the wall with interviews with several of the statesmen involved, including Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush.
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Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Alan Ladd, Rossana Podesta, Lloyd Nolan, Chill Wills.
This engagingly middling action potboiler is not the place to go for a history lesson. It is, instead, a reasonably diverting Saturday matinee at the movies, though no one is going to send out the sentries if the pulp adventure nostalgists among us watch it some other time of the week.
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