All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. This week, it's pretty slim pickin' — though I should mention that Jonestown: The Life & Death of Peoples Temple also comes out today and is a fascinating film for all you documentary fans.
This ambitious narrative of the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy follows 22 different characters at the primary election night party. Plenty of A-list celebrities round out an impressive cast (Anthony Hopkins, Martin Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, among many, many others), though none gets significant enough screen time to take over as a protagonist. What makes the film interesting is the effective use of real footage of Robert F. Kennedy interspersed with the fictional scenes, ultimately providing a heartbreaking sense of hope lost.
Strangely, filmmaker Emilio Estevez doesn't offer a commentary in the DVD extras, but the director does take part in the "making of" documentary. The extra feature that looks most interesting, however, is the panel discussion with people who were actually at the Ambassador Hotel that fateful night. For a more in-depth look at the film, check out my review of Bobby.