'Le Week-End' is an honest, funny depiction of a long relationship

'Le Week-End,' new on DVD, is an honest, funny depiction of a long relationship

Le Week-End

Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95

Available on VOD July 8.

In 2006, director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi collaborated on "Venus," a sweet, sensitive film about an elderly man feeling romantic stirrings for the first time in years. Michell and Kureishi work some of the same vein with their "Le Week-End," which stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as a British couple who celebrate their 30th anniversary by taking a vacation in France, hoping to recapture some of what they felt when they were newlyweds. From the superb cast — which also includes Jeff Goldblum as an old friend — to the honest, funny depiction of a long relationship, this is that rare animal, the movie for grown-ups. The DVD and Blu-ray include a Michell commentary track and featurettes.

Bad Words

Universal/Focus, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Available on VOD July 8.

Comic actor Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with "Bad Words," which stars Bateman as a middle-aged loser who takes advantage of a glitch in a national spelling bee's rules to try and belatedly become a champion, for personal reasons. Most of the humor is based on the foul-mouthed hero interacting with a bunch of elementary school kids, but as a comedy veteran, Bateman finds ways to elevate Andrew Dodge's script, just through inflection, reaction shots and editing. The result is a fitfully entertaining film, with enough highlights to overcome its over-familiarity. The DVD and Blu-ray add a Bateman commentary track, deleted scenes and a featurette.

The Raid 2: Berandal

Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99

Available on VOD July 8.

Gareth Evans builds on his stripped-down, ruthlessly efficient Indonesian action classic — which was set almost entirely in one apartment building — with the far more ambitious "The Raid 2." Iko Uwais returns as the loner super-cop Rama, who goes undercover with a mob family suffering through a regional gang war. Whenever Evans develops the plot, "The Raid 2" is pretty dull, but when Uwais starts fighting or chasing, the movie becomes one of the most stunningly kinetic (and brutally violent) action movies ever made. There's no emotional weight here, but plenty to make viewers gasp. Evans provides a commentary to the DVD and Blu-ray, which also come with featurettes, deleted scenes and an optional English dub.

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & Vol. II

Magnolia, $34.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

One of the boldest movie projects of last year — and definitely not for everyone — Lars von Trier's two-part, four-hour "Nymphomaniac" follows the erotic adventures of a psychologically damaged young woman named Joe, played by Stacy Martin as a young woman, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in middle age. For the first half of the story, Joe makes exploring her sexuality a full-time job, and in the second half, she tries to compensate for a sudden numbness, making her incapable of orgasm. Throughout, the bruised older Joe tells her story to a curious bookworm named Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who interrupts her with comments and digressions. Not really about sex, "Nymphomaniac" is more a highly allegorical autobiography of Von Trier himself, explaining what happens to an artist who suffers wild mood swings, from being maniacally driven to feeling hopelessly glum. The "Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & Vol. II" DVD and Blu-ray set adds featurettes.


Jodorowsky's Dune

Sony Blu-ray, $40.99

Available on VOD July 8.

Rigor Mortis

Well Go USA, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Southern Comfort

Shout! Factory Blu-ray, $29.93

Stage Fright

Magnolia/Magnet, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98


Koch, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Available on VOD July 8.


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