A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Kino Lorber, $24.95; Blu-ray, $34.95
A true original, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour's bizarre and partly metaphorical vampire movie is set in a fictional Iranian town called Bad City, where criminals and degenerates reign. Amirpour adapts her own graphic novel (illustrated by Michael DeWeese) and plays around with all manner of pulp imagery, from horror to westerns to noir. But this film isn't really one for genre fans. It's a slow, moody piece that uses vampire mythology as a way to explore feminine empowerment in a repressive culture. Kino's Blu-ray set is suitably loaded with extras for such a one-of-a-kind picture, piling on deleted scenes, an Amirpour interview, a making-of documentary and a booklet containing a portion of the comic book.
20th Century Fox, $22.98; Blu-ray, $29.99
Fortitude: Season 1
The glut of quality cable dramas got more crowded this year when Pivot started airing the British series "Fortitude," starring
Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu — Three Crime Dramas
Yasujiro Ozu's quiet, carefully observed post-WWII melodramas are so steeped in Japanese culture that it took a little while for Western audiences to catch up to them. But before the war, Ozu worked in a variety of genres, many of which aped Hollywood movies. Criterion's Eclipse imprint collects three from Ozu's silent era into one inexpensive, extras-free box set. "Silent Ozu — Three Crime Dramas" contains two from 1930 (the sly "Walk Cheerfully" and the desperate "That Night's Wife") and one from 1933 (the rich character study "Dragnet Girl"), all of which reimagine the standard gangster saga as tales of well-meaning people in over their heads.
Escape from New York: Collector's Edition
Scream Factory Blu-ray, $29.93
Starz/Anchor Bay, $22.98; Blu-ray, $26.99
Anchor Bay, $22.98
20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99