Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: audacious, adventurous documentaries

'The Great Flood,' 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' and 'Shoah' are @KennethTuran's DVD picks

Documentaries are a genre I favor, but even within this group, some stand out from the crowd for being especially audacious and adventurous.

In this group is "The Great Flood," a film directed by Bill Morrison, who combines newsreel and archive footage of the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 with a haunting, hypnotic score by Bill Frisell. It's been released on DVD by Icarus Films and is a knockout.

Just as good and one of my favorite docs, released by Cinema Guild, is Thom Anderson's 2-hour, 50-minute "Los Angeles Plays Itself," a completely fascinating look at the various ways the City of Angels has been used in feature films. Not to be missed.

Also of note in the doc world is that Claude Lanzmann's monumental "Shoah," an examination of the Holocaust regularly considered to be one of the greatest docs ever made, is now available for the first time for online streaming from the SundanceNow Doc Club.

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