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What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

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. In addition to my picks below, you can now watch Cadillac Records, Let the Right One In, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in the comfort of your own home.

If you still haven't seen Milk after all the months of accolades and awards, now's your chance to learn what all the fuss is about. In addition to being an incredibly moving story based on the real life of San Francisco gay activist Harvey Milk, it's wonderfully acted and directed. It's everything a biopic ought to be, right down to beautifully recreating the events of such an extraordinary life.

The cast is full of talented, adorable actors, like Sean Penn (who won the Oscar for his portrayal of Milk), James Franco, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, and Emile Hirsch. I am anxious to watch it again, even though it's so heartbreaking.

Special features include deleted scenes, a featurette about remembering Harvey, and another titled "Hollywood comes to San Francisco."

So much more to recommend, so


Rachel Getting Married
Even though this heavy portrayal of familial heartache and forgiveness is intense to watch, I highly recommend it. You may have noticed Anne Hathaway at a couple of awards shows this year — all due to this movie (not Bride Wars, just in case there's any confusion on that). Rosemarie Dewitt, also a phenomenal actress, is another reason to add this to your queue.

Special features include deleted scenes, filmmaker and cast commentaries, and "A Look Behind the Scenes of Rachel Getting Married."

Synecdoche, New York
You know him as the writer of such films as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and now Charlie Kaufman can add "Director" to his filmography with Synecdoche, NY. The movie stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Caden Cotard, a local theater director struggling to maintain his marriage with his more-famous wife, Adele (Catherine Keener). When she takes off for Germany with their daughter and Caden receives a grant, he decides to stage a giant-scale theater piece about life, setting it inside a towering replica of New York. It's a complicated, difficult, sometimes frustrating piece of cinema but I found the experience to be totally worthwhile.

Featurettes include "The Story of Caden Cotard: In Conversation With Philip Seymour Hoffman," "Infectious Diseases in Cattle: Blogger's Roundtable," and "NFTS/Script Masterclass with Charlie Kaufman."

I called this movie a sweet slice of life when I first saw it and I was thrilled when the talented Sally Hawkins won the Golden Globe for her performance in it. The movie is essentially plotless, focusing mostly on a woman whose outlook on life remains defiantly sunny despite the world's inevitable darkness and sorrow. It's so moving because despite it's bright and colorful surface, the film is also a meditation on sadness, longing, confusion, and hopefulness. You know, the stuff of life.

Special features include commentary by director Mike Leigh and the featurettes "Behind the wheel of Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Happy-in-character."

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mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Milk was beautiful. I already have it pre ordered, so hopefully it comes soon. :] Rachel Getting Married has been in my que for a while.
emalove emalove 8 years
I loved Rachel Getting Married...I'm going to buy it this weekend! And I have Milk in my queue right now :) Kaks11, I had an issue with "long wait" last started off with "very long wait", then it went to "long wait", and finally after a couple of weeks, the movie showed up. So annoying.
kaks11 kaks11 8 years
I have "The Boy in the striped Pajamas" arriving today. I found out about it on this website and read the book and can't wait to see the movie. I am also excited to see "Happy Go Lucky" (arriving tomorrow) now that I hear how good it is. I hope "Milk" doesn't have too long of a wait. Has anyone else had issues with "Long waits" lately? Netflix is making me mad!
alesimas alesimas 8 years
Synecdoche NY is such a journey. One that I intend to repeat many many times. Kaufman's mind is beyond words.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great releases this week! Milk ranks at the top of my list; can't wait to watch it again, especially for Sean Penn's phenomenal performance.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
I was pleasantly surprised with how good Happy-Go-Lucky was. I'm picking it up at Target, along with Milk, on my way home tonight.
jessr1214 jessr1214 8 years
Wow-great picks this week!! I am so excited to see all of these!
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