January 23, 2007

DVD Pick of the Week: This Film is Not Yet Rated

Not a terribly exciting week of DVD releases. Despite the lackluster big picture, there are still a few worthy films to pick from. There are even a few films that I have not yet seen that could offer up something that is well worth watching. This week's pick, for that matter, could prove to be very interesting. Read on.

This week's release of choice is one that I have not seen, but heard about a while back and have been very interested in seeing. The film is the documentrary This Film is Not Yet Rated. It is said to be a humorous and insightful look into the MPAA and the battles that have been waged over the films they rate.

It is from director Kirby Dick, the Oscar nominated director behind (Twist of Faith). This time he sets his eyes on the practices of the MPAA, the battles directors have waged for their films, and the contol that the organization has on what films get made and which don't, and which films the public will get to see and which ones they won't.

This is definitely going to be an interestiong topic for any film fan. I found it amusing to see that when the movie was submitted to the MPAA for rating, they gave it an NC-17. I am not sure what the content could be that would push the rating there, but I am pretty sure it was their attempt to try and squash the film.

Also out this week:
  • The Guardian. This was actually a decent little action drama. Costner's veteran presence may have rubbed off on Kutcher who can use the instruction. This is well worth a rental.
  • Saw III. This was not half bad either. I enjoyed much more than the second one. Not sure I really buy it as genuine horror, but it will fill the bill for now.
  • The Invincible Iron Man. Another in Marvel's line of animated direct to DVD features. Could be interesting. I wonder if it will have any connection to the live action film due in 2008?
  • Yojimbo & Sanjuro - Two Films by Akira Kurosawa. These will also be available separately. Criterion is remastering some of their earlier titles, and I am sure these are going to be fantastic.
  • Sherrybaby. Lots of good word for this, including a Golden Globe nomination for Maggie Gyllenhaal.
  • Jesus Camp. This goes inside an evangelical Bible camp looking for the next Billy Graham.
  • Brokeback Mountain: Two Disk Collector's Edition. I liked the movie, not sure I need a two disk edition.

What are you getting this week?


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