This Month's Highlights
Plus Home Theater and Quadricentennial 2009.
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What to add to your Netflix queue this month
DVD Release Date: June 2, Paramount Home Entertainment
If you ever wanted to feel bad about living out in the ‘burbs, this film, about a married couple living in Connecticut in the 1950s, pulls no punches. Directed by American Beauty’s Sam Mendes and based on the novel by Richard Yates—himself a resident of Scarborough, where there’s an actual Revolutionary Road—the movie magnifies all the problems with that repressed, claustrophobic mid-century lifestyle. It also stars Titanic duo Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in lead roles that are much, much less romantic than their first on-screen pairing.
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director’s Cut
DVD Release Date: June 9, Warner Home Video
Gear up for Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock by brushing up on the original. The re-release of the award-winning documentary—the one that made split-screens cool—comes packed with never-before-seen extras sure to excite wannabe festival attendees. The four-hour director’s cut includes previously unaired performances by The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. If that isn’t enough ’60s nostalgia for you, there are also interviews with Michael Lang, Eddie Kramer, Martin Scorsese, and others, along with a 60+ page reprint of a Life magazine commemorative issue. Groovy.
DVD Release Date: June 2, Warner Home Video
If you’re in the mood for a gamble, you can take your chances with this film, which was unfortunately never released in theaters. But, with three of our favorite comediennes—Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch—we’re sure it’ll deliver some laughs. The trio plays a group of geeky friends who decide, even though they’re in their 30s, to go on spring break with all the college co-eds. Expect awkward embarrassment humor similar to The 40-Year-Old Virgin—only more girly.
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