By Diana Srougi
MONTREAL (RPRN) 23/04/09- Great titles are released on DVD this week, two of which were nominated at the Academy Awards this winter. You might however be unfamiliar with the third title; nevertheless it is well worth discovering.
This weekâ€™s major DVD release is â€œThe Wrestlerâ€, directed by Darren Aranofsky, mainly known for his highly esthetic style, his refined shots and his intelligent scenarios in such films as â€œPiâ€, â€œRequiem for a Dreamâ€ and â€œThe Fountainâ€. The screenplay for â€œThe Wrestlerâ€ was written by Robert D. Siegel, whoâ€™s only written one other motion picture script, last yearâ€™s â€œThe Onion Movieâ€. Aranofskyâ€™s film stars former professional boxer Mickey Rourke (â€œOnce Upon a Time in Mexicoâ€, â€œSin Cityâ€) and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (for her performance in â€œMy Cousin Vinnyâ€ in 1993), who play alongside Golden Globe nominee Evan Rachel Wood (â€œThirteenâ€). This drama follows the story of Randy â€œThe Ramâ€ Robinson, an aging professional wrestler who struggles with health problems and the approaching halt to his wrestling career. He therefore turns his attention to the aspects of his life outside the ring: his full time job, his growing romance with an aging stripper and the daughter he abandoned many years back. Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei were both nominated at the Academy Awards for their performances, but didnâ€™t take home the prize. Rourke did however win at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA awards, the Prism awards, among many others, and Tomei at the San Fransisco Film Critics Circle, the Phoenix Film Critic Society Awards, etc. â€œThe Wrestlerâ€ also won for Best Film at the Gotham Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, the London Critics Circle Film Awards, and Darren Aranofsky took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. This film screened at numerous festivals all over the world: Toronto, New York, Eurasia, London, Tallinnâ€¦
DVD release date: April 21st 2009
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Picture
After his box office successes â€œA Beautiful Mindâ€, â€œCinderella Manâ€ and â€œThe Da Vinci Codeâ€, Ron Howard does it again with his Oscar nominated film, â€œFrost/Nixonâ€, released on DVD this week. Peter Morgan (writer of â€œThe Last King Of Scotlandâ€ and â€œThe Queenâ€) adapted his play into the screenplay of this dramatic piece of American history. Frank Langella (â€œThe Ninth Gateâ€, â€œGood Night, and Good Luckâ€) stars as the 37th president of the United States Richard Nixon, and Michael Sheen (â€œKingdom Of Heavenâ€, â€œBlood Diamondâ€) plays the television presenter David Frost. This film is a dramatic reenactment of the post-Watergate-scandal television interviews between these two historical figures, having taken place three years after Nixon was forced to resign from office. While Frost is looking to obtain a televised confession and apology, Nixon, with the help of his chief of Staff Jack Brennon (Kevin Bacon), is seeking to outwit the pop culture entertainment interviewer and revive his political career. Howard, Morgan and Langella were all nominated at the Oscars, as well as Mike Hill and Daniel P. Hanley for Best Achievement in Editing. â€œFrost/Nixonâ€ was also nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Academy Awards, the BAFTA Awards, the Golden Globes and the Satellite Awards. It screened at several festivals including the London Film Festival and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
DVD release date: April 21st 2009
Distributor: Universal Pictures
The Last Word
Out on DVD this week in the USA (May 12th in Canada) is â€œThe Last Wordâ€ is a romantic drama written and directed by Geoffrey Haley. This is his second motion picture after â€œThe Parlorâ€ in 2001. This film stars Wes Bentley (â€œAmerican Beautyâ€, â€œP2â€), two-time Oscar nominee Winona Ryder (â€œNight On Earthâ€, â€œA Scanner Darklyâ€), and two-time Golden Globe nominee Ray Romano (for his performance in his successful television series â€œEverybody Loves Raymondâ€). â€œThe Last Wordâ€ is about a man who composes suicide notes for a living. Events lead him into a romance with the sister of a recent client, who enlisted his services before taking his own life. This film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
DVD release date (USA): April 21st 2009
Distributor: Image Entertainment