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. Also out this week: The Haunting in Connecticut and ER: Season 11.
Like so many others, I am endlessly fascinated by the Beale women whose lives were captured in a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. Between their odd lifestyle on a once lavish estate and their familial connection to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the stories of both Edith Beales beg for a biopic. Now the HBO movie starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange is out on DVD and both turn in outstanding performances as daughter and socialite mother. If you didn't catch this when it aired on television, now's your chance to settle in and enter the bizarre and transfixing world of the Beales.
Special features include audio commentary with executive producers Michael Sucsy, Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Rachael Horovitz, a featurette titled "Grey Gardens: Then and Now," interviews with Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange and the Emmy-winning director of the documentary, Albert Maysles.
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The film follows the true story of a love triangle between the poet Dylan Thomas (played by Brothers and Sisters' Matthew Rhys), his wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller) and a woman named Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley). Vera eventually married William Killick (Cillian Murphy) but still couldn't tear herself away from her poet — despite becoming close friends with Caitlin. In the strange real-life story, the jealous William ultimately attacked Dylan and Caitlin's house.
Special features include commentary with director John Maybury and Matthew Rhys, a "Looking Over The Edge of Love" featurette, outtakes, and the theatrical trailer.
Mad Men: Season Two
I'm so excited for Mad Men to return to my TV on Aug. 16! I might even shake up a commemorative martini to drink during the premiere. If you missed the second season, well, now there is no excuse for not experiencing the awesomeness of this show. Then again, I have to say watching these episodes back-to-back without a week-long breather is probably intense. In this season so much happens, it makes the head spin.
Special features include feature-length audio commentaries on all episodes, a "Birth of an Independent Woman" featurette examining the rise of female independence in the 1960s, and a featurette titled "An Era of Style" that takes a close look into the fashion of the 1960s and its influence on designers today.