Escape From Tomorrow (Gaiam, DVD, Blu-ray) is surely more famous for what it does—guerrilla filmmaking with hidden cameras and without permission within the magic kingdom of Disney World—than what it accomplishes. Shot on digital cameras and presented in a black-and-white mode with hallucinations transforming the fantasy land into a surreal nightmare, it’s the breakdown of a husband and father (Roy Abramsoh) while taking his two daughters to the park.
“As a movie, Escape from Tomorrow is a dark, weird, smutty, fitfully amusing comedy that ultimately wears out its welcome,” wrote RogerEbert.com critic and editor Matt Zoller Seitz in 2013. “As a provocation, it’s aces, especially if—like the film’s writer-director, Randy Moore—you hate Disney and everything it stands for.” Disney, to its credit, chose not to stop the film’s release so you can judge for yourself how this act of “cultural vandalism” (in Seitz’s words) hold up as storytelling.
The DVD features commentary with the filmmakers and stars (who perform in character). The Blu-ray edition of the disc is available exclusively from Best Buy through July, after which it will ostensibly be available elsewhere, and it includes a bonus making-of featurette. It is still available in digital and VOD formats.
Danny Miller interviews the director and stars of Escape From Tomorrow at Cinephiled here.
Labor Day (Paramount, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand), adapted by director Jason Reitman from the novel by Joyce Maynard, stars Kate Winslet as a divorced mother overwhelmed by depression and Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who gently takes them hostage while he holes up in their home while he recovers from an injury. It has “an implausible premise but a passionate commitment to its anxious, sidelined characters,” writes Seattle film critic (and colleague) Robert Horton for The Herald (link via Parallax View), but “instead of trying to surprise you, Labor Day does nicely by creating a sweltering setting for a group of frail people and creating little moments of emotion from the situation.”
The Blu-ray includes filmmaker commentary, a featurette and deleted scenes plus a bonus DVD copy. No supplements on the DVD edition.
Here’s a deleted scene from the film:
Gloria (Lionsgate, DVD, Digital HD, VOD, On Demand), which was Chile’s official submission to the Academy Awards, stars Paulina García as a divorced middle-aged woman blossoming after 60. Robert Horton reviewed the film for the Seattle Weekly: “Director Sebastián Lelio fills Gloria with colorful detail, to the point of occasional pushiness…. But he and García have created a character so richly imperfect and fully inhabited that her trajectory remains engaging despite the occasional overstatement.”
Features a behind-the-scenes musical montage and a bonus UltraViolet digital copy for download and instant streaming. Spanish with English subtitles.
Also new and notable:
The Best Offer (IFC, DVD), Giuseppe Tornatore’s romantic thriller set in the world of high art, stars Geoffrey Rush, Sylvia Hoeks, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.
The Selfish Giant (MPI, DVD), the second feature from British filmmaker Clio Barnard, is described as a “contemporary fable” about two outcast boys who sell scrap metal to a dealer with criminal connections.
These Birds Walk (Oscilloscope, DVD) is a documentary profiling Abdul Sattar Edhi, the humanitarian described as “the Mother Theresa of Pakistan,” and the runaway boys he cares for. With commentary and deleted scenes.
To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter (Icarus, DVD, VOD) is Emiko Omori’s tribute to the influential non-fiction filmmaker who died in 2012.
On Friday, May 2, the comedy Walk of Shame with Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden will be available to view On Demand same day as theaters. Also on Friday, the drama Decoding Annie Parker with Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt debuts On Demand in advance of theaters.
I, Frankenstein (Lionsgate, Digital HD), the critically lambasted monster superhero film with Aaron Eckhart, will be available for digital purchase on Friday, May 2, weeks in advance of disc.
Debuting On Demand weeks after disc release are The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Fox), Black Nativity (Fox) and the latest version of Great Expectations (Fox).
The Legend of Hercules (Lionsgate, Blu-ray 3D+2D, DVD, Digital, VOD, On Demand)
Gimme Shelter (Lionsgate, Blu-ray, DVD)
The Rocket (Kino Lorber, DVD)
Devil’s Due (Fox, Blu-ray, DVD)
The Rise and Fall of the Clash (Shout Factory, DVD)
Prince Killian and the Holy Grail (Shout Factory, DVD)
Bad Country (Sony, Blu-ray, DVD)
Dark Hearts (Vertical, DVD)
Dead Shadows (Scream Factory, Blu-ray, DVD)
Locker 13 (ARC, DVD)
Lady Peacock (QC, VOD, DVD)
Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed (Paramount, DVD)
New TV on Disc (covered next week):
Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series (Shout Factory, DVD)
Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Second Season (PBS, Blu-ray, DVD)
Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Fourth Season (Paramount, Blu-ray)
You, Me & Them: Series One (Acorn, DVD)
Father Brown: The Complete Collection (Acorn, DVD)
Dynasty: The Eighth Season, Volume One (Paramount, DVD)
Dynasty: The Eighth Season, Volume Two (Paramount, DVD)
Super Skyscrapers (PBS, Blu-ray, DVD)
Civil War: The Untold Story (Athena, DVD)
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle (PBS, DVD)
Classic and Catalog (covered later this week):
Il Sorpasso (Criterion, Blu-ray+DVD Combo, DVD)
Sophie’s Choice (Shout Factory, Blu-ray+DVD Combo)
Hallucination Strip (Raro, Blu-ray, DVD)
Up the Junction (Olive, Blu-ray, DVD)
Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Volume 3 (1932-1938) (Olive, Blu-ray, DVD)
Demons (Kino / Redemption, Blu-ray, DVD)
The Black Torment (Kino / Redemption, Blu-ray, DVD)
Hallucination Strip (Raro, Blu-ray, DVD)
The Strange Woman (Film Chest, DVD)
Gamera 4 Movie Collection: Volume 1 (Mill Creek, Blu-ray)
Gamera 4 Movie Collection: Volume 2 (Mill Creek, Blu-ray)
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection (Warner, Blu-ray)