August 1, 2014 in Features

Herzog collection a must for film fans

Rick Bentley Mcclatchy-Tribune
 

Leslie Mann in a scene from “The Other Woman.”
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New DVDs range from awful to awesome.

• “Herzog: The Collection,” A: Werner Herzog’s ability to blend the lines between reality and fiction has made him one of the most influential directors of the past five decades. His work is spotlighted in a new DVD collection.

The director’s unique style of moviemaking is perfect for this kind of collection. Spectacular sequences can be watched repeatedly.

Limited to 5,000 copies, the 13-disc box set includes 16 films and documentaries by Herzog. The Blu-ray version comes with a 40-page booklet that includes photos, an essay by Stephen J. Smith, and in-depth film synopses by Herzog scholars Brad Prager and Chris Wahl. The films include “Nosferatu the Vampyre,” “Fitzcarraldo” and “Heart of Glass.”

Any true film fan should own this collection.

• “The Other Woman,” F: Three women join forces to deal with the man who has been cheating on them. Wading through this cinematic dung pile are Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton. They play the wife and two mistresses of the businessman/bed jumper (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

Through a series of contrived situations, the three women find out about each other and become BFFs. Listen. That’s the sound of the last gasps of reality being sucked out of the movie.

Buried under the hackneyed story, uninspired performances, trite actions and forgettable direction is the suffocated idea about revenge. Had that point been developed, the movie might have crawled out of the toilet. With so much wrong with this stinker of a movie, pick any other new release to watch.

Also new on DVD:

“Five Dances”: Broadway star Ryan Steele makes his big-screen debut.

“Stanley Cup Champions 2014: Los Angeles Kings”: A look at how the Kings won the NHL championship.

“Noah”: Family rushes to build the Ark before the floods arrive.

“Lullaby”: A man decides to take himself off life support. Richard Jenkins stars.

“Bubble Guppies: Get Ready For School!”: Includes the music video, “Pencil Case!”

“Secret State”: Gabriel Byrne and Charles Dance star.

“Midsomer Murders”: Cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their sinister secrets.

“My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship”: Twilight Sparkle learns the true meaning and value of friendship.

“Shark Week: Predator of the Deep”: Discovery Channel’s look at the sea creature.

“Adventure Time: Princess Day”: Episodes featuring Lumpy Space Princess, Princess Bubblegum, Hot Dog Princess and Flame Princess.

“Neverlake”: American teen’s visit to Italy to be with her father ends differently than she expected.

“Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 30”: Includes “The Black Scorpion” and “The Projected Man.”

“Aloha, Bobby And Rose”: Young mechanic (Paul LeMat) falls for Rose (Dianne Hull).

“Terror on the Highway”: Police try to stop a kidnapper headed for the border.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection Party Van”: Includes all 10 seasons on 23 DVDs.

“At War With the Army”: The 1950 film starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis is being re-released.

“The Ong Bak Trilogy”: Tony Jaa stars the three-part epic tale of revenge.

“The Protector 2”: Man goes on the run after being falsely accused of a crime.

“Legendary”: Merciless trophy hunter seeks primeval monster.

“Grace Kelly Collection”: Includes “Dial M for Murder,” “The Country Girl” and “High Society.”

“Eyes Wide Open”: Documentary captures reactions of travelers to the holy land.

“Dragonwolf”: Two assassins become bitter rivals.


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