This week’s new DVD releases range from the odd to the odder.
“CLOUD ATLAS,” GRADE B: Events and actions in one time period have an effect on past and future eras. Tom Hanks stars. Not since “2001: A Space Odyssey” has a film come along that’s such a marvel of moviemaking and a frustrating test of comprehension as “Cloud Atlas.” The latest work by Andy and Lana Wachowski, the minds behind “The Matrix,” re-imagines the art of moviemaking by creating a product that finds cohesion in confusion, distinction in disorder and symmetry in asymmetry. It takes an omnipotent look at how actions affect past and future generations as told through six stories set in diverse time periods covering a 500-year span.
“LIZ & DICK,” GRADE D: The stories that came out during the filming of this cable movie about the explosive relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were more interesting than the actual film. That’s what happens when you cast Lindsay Lohan. The film looks at the turbulent relationship that made the pair the most notorious of the time. There are some interesting moments, but they get buried by the uneven acting and uninspired camera work.
ALSO NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK:
“FRANKIE GO BOOM”: Two battling brothers join forces to undo damage caused by video.
“BACK TO 1942”: Travelers during World War II face the harsh realities of the time.
“TEXAS CHAINSAW”: Picks up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off..
“ESCAPE”: A young woman battles her captors.