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The Painless Way to See “127 Hours,” and More New DVDs

The Painless Way to See “127 Hours,” and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“127 Hours” (2010)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

With a fast-forward button at the ready on home devices, it’s high time more people see James Franco’s Spirit Award-winning performance as real-life adventurer Aron Ralston, who gets his arm trapped under a boulder in Utah’s Bluejohn Canyon and struggles to survive and free himself in Danny Boyle’s life-affirming followup to “Slumdog Millionaire.” (Matt Singer’s interview with James Franco and Danny Boyle is here.)

“420 High Desert Way” (2011)
Directed by Tom Breedlove
Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

Dealing with a different drug than the one suggested by the title, this procedural drama follows a young undercover cop who must refine his extreme sports skills as he infiltrates a drug cartel and must bust them before they learn his true identity.

“Bambi” (1942)
Directed by James Algar and Samuel Armstrong
Released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment

The animated classic comes to Blu-ray for the first time, illuminating every fiber on the whitetail deer’s head on his way to becoming prince of the forest. The new package includes deleted scenes, a six-part making-of documentary, a picture-in-picture special feature detailing the development of the film and more.

“A Beautiful Life” (2010)
Directed by Alejandro Chomski
Released by Image Entertainment

Bai Ling, Dana Delany and Debi Mazar are part of the supporting cast in Alejandro Chomski’s drama that revolves around an illegal immigrant and a runaway girl whose desperation leads them to become lovers and drug dealers.

“The Bleeding” (2009)
Directed by Charlie Picerni
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Not a “Twilight” fan? This thriller starring Vinnie Jones and Kat Von D as vampires may be the cure as DMX, Michael Madsen and Armand Assante team up to slay them.

“Burlesque” (2010)
Directed by Steven Antin
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

It got bludgeoned upon its release in theaters, but cult status begins now for the directorial debut of Steven Antin, brother to Pussycat Dolls creator Robin, that stars Christina Aguilera as a country girl who makes her way to Hollywood to become a star, if only she can get on stage at Cher’s burlesque club that is under threat of being foreclosed upon. Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet and Kristen Bell co-star.

02282011_CableGuy.jpg“The Cable Guy” (1997)
Directed by Ben Stiller
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Long known as the film Jim Carrey got $20 million for, the 15th anniversary of the dark comedy about a man (Matthew Broderick) who sees his life ruined by an obsessed satellite installer, which is only being released on Blu-ray, aims to restore its reputation with director Ben Stiller, producer Judd Apatow and Carrey providing a no-holds-barred audio commentary for the occasion, as well as deleted scenes, rehearsal footage and more.

“Cannes Man” (1997)
Directed by Richard Martini
Released by Cinema Libre Studio

Plenty of famous faces dot Richard Martini’s 1996 comedy about the film festival on the Croisette and Sy Lerner (Seymour Cassel) plays the wheeling and dealing producer who just tries to get noticed along with an aspiring screenwriter.

“The Clowns” (1970)
Directed by Federico Fellini
Released by RaroVideo

Having been a badge of honor on the shelves of DVD collectors who don’t let international borders prevent them from ordering rarities from around the world, RaroVideo is finally coming to America and their first release is one of the only Fellini films never to see a DVD release on our shores, the 1970 comedy in which he stars as the ringleader of a circus. In addition to the film, the DVD includes a 40-page booklet of rare Fellini sketches, a video essay and a rare Fellini short.

“Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde” (1976)
Directed by William Crain
Released by VCI Entertainment

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this blaxploitation horror film is a takeoff of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story with Bernie Casey as the scientist whose experiment goes horribly awry and faces an alter ego that he cannot control.

“Faster” (2010)
Directed by George Tillman, Jr.
Released by CBS Films

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is out for revenge as a recent parolee whose main objective is to take out those responsible for his brother’s death while being trailed by two cops (Carla Gugino and Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) in this thriller from “Notorious” director George Tillman, Jr.

02282011_GlennGouldGeniusWithin.jpg“Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” (2010)
Directed by Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont
Released by Lorber Films

The enigmatic Canadian pianist has inspired plenty of films about his work, but Hozer and Raymont present all sorts of never-before-seen footage and recordings of Gould for this documentary that examines the contrast between his public persona and private life, as well as shares interviews with collaborators, friends and obsessions (pop icon Petula Clark gets some camera time).

“Infinite Justice” (2006)
Directed by Jamil Dehlavi
Released by Platinum Disc

This drama revolves around an American reporter (Kevin Collins) who is taken hostage by Muslim extremists in protest of those held captive at Guantanamo Bay.

“Love & Other Drugs” (2010)
Directed by Edward Zwick
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

A break from the big-budget historical epics “The Last Samurai” director Edward Zwick’s known for in his film work, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this romantic dramedy about a pharmaceutical rep (Gyllenhaal) whose career is on the rise with the introduction of Viagra, but whose personal life takes a hit when he falls for a Parkinson’s sufferer (Hathaway).

“Mado” (1976)
Directed by Claude Sautet
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Michel Piccoli stars as a businessman struggling to save his company when his partner leaves him in a sea of debt after committing suicide and turning to a prostitute (Octavia Piccolo) for comfort as a rival attempts a hostile takeover in this drama from Claude Sautet.

“My Girlfriend’s Back” (2010)
Directed by Steven Ayromlooi
Released by Lionsgate

“Felicity” star Tangi Miller and Malik Yoba cross paths, but try to overcome poor timing in this romantic comedy from Steven Ayromlooi.

02282011_MyGirlfriendsBoyfriend.jpg“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (2010)
Directed by Daryn Tufts
Released by Good Times Home Video

After being unlucky in love, Alyssa Milano suddenly finds herself caught between two very different men (Christopher Gorham and Michael Landes) in this romantic comedy. Beau Bridges and Carol Kane co-star.

“S.W.A.T. Firefight” (2011)
Directed by Benny Boom
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

This DTV sequel to the Colin Farrell-Samuel L. Jackson redo of the TV show brings together former Terminators Robert Patrick and Kristanna Loken in this cop thriller about an LAPD lieutenant (Gabriel Macht) who is reassigned to Detroit where he faces off once again with corruption at the station.

“Satin” (2011)
Directed by Christopher Olness
Released by Monarch Home Video

Melissa Joan Hart and Robert Guillaume come to the aid of a down-on-his-luck Vegas crooner (Hamilton von Watts) who finds himself stuck in the tiny burg of Lost Springs when his car stalls out in this dramedy.

[Additional photos: “The Cable Guy,” TriStar Pictures, 1997; “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Lorber Films, 2010; “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” fiftyfilms, 2010]


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.