TOP PICK – DVD
One of the best movies of the past 10 years looks even more splendid on Blu-ray, enveloping itself in the visual flair of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s sweet fantasy-romance. Audrey Tautou is perfect as the pixie-like title character, who makes both the French and bangs tolerable. But it’s Jeunet’s candy-coated brushstrokes and roller-coaster rainbow of a thrill ride that dazzles. The behind-the-scenes extras pry into to the magic.
Fire and Rain
Don’t be put off by the subtitle of David Browne’s probing look into the post-’60s comedown. The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 isn’t a total bummer. Focusing on key albums by those four artists, Browne circles around the political and cultural implications of the groovy new decade until he zeroes in on the end of an era.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
One of Nintendo’s all-time best series continues its winning streak for the company’s new hand-held 3DS system. The storytelling and gameplay remain the big draws here, as you’re whisked into a fantasy world where brains are just as vital as sword skills. Clear your social calendar, because this great game will suck up most of your free time. And be sure to check around every corner to fall deeper into the game-world.
Peter Tosh reissues
Tosh was the more militant voice in the Wailers, balancing bandmate Bob Marley’s peace-and-love vibe. On his two best solo albums – 1976’s Legalize It and the following year’s Equal Rights – he champions his favorite pastimes: weed and pissing off the government. These expanded reissues add discs filled with outtakes, B-sides, and rare remixes from the reggae great’s archives.
The Warrior’s Way
(Twentieth Century Fox)
Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush are mere scenery in this visually arresting tale of an assassin who hides out in a small town after getting on the wrong side of some very bad men. First-time director Sngmoo Lee borrows a lot from spaghetti western master Sergio Leone. He also takes a lot from martial-arts movies, ninja flicks, samurai films, and even some Felliniesque carnival surrealism. It’s a mess, but a gorgeous one all the same.