‘Afflicted’, ‘The Lunchbox’ and 50% Off Criterion Collection This Week on DVD & Blu-ray


This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: July 1, 2014

I’m not sure what the deal is this week, but there are pretty much no new releases to discuss seriously in terms of purchasing. Thankfully, that opens the door for you to use all that money you’ve saved up for the Barnes & Noble 50% Off Criterion sale.

I posted an article yesterday with a bunch of recommendations, which you can check out here, but here were the top eleven suggestions:

The fact you can now get the Zatoichi collection of 25 films for only $112 when it’s regularly $224 is a steal. I own this set and have been watching Zatoichi movies since Christmas and have gone through 23 of them so far and still have the special features to watch.

So check out those titles, but if you want more suggestions click here.

Now for this week’s new releases…

Afflicted on DVD Blu-ray today
I saw Afflicted at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and while it would have worked just fine as a 15-20 minute short film, as a feature film it just doesn’t have the juice. You can read my full review here.

Buy Afflicted

The Lunchbox
Here is a film I’ve heard nothing but good things about, but have not yet seen it for myself so I can’t do anything more than offer you the synopsis:

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in their virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Buy The Lunchbox

The Unknown Known
Errol Morris sits down and talks with former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Worth a purchase?

Buy The Unknown Known