A new year, new good DVDs for film lovers And only a couple of these releases played here first theatrically. So have a Pittsburgh premiere at home for new Indie DVDs for the first week ahead in 2013 with details where to rent or buy locally.
"Berberian Sound Studio"- Toby Jones, fresh off playing Hitchcock for HBO's "The Girl", revisits the frightful world of Murder/Mystery with a role as a transplanted British Sound Engineer slowly going mad. Essentially, a stranger in a strange land, working on a '70s Italian Giallo. Creepy, absorbing picture that gets all the best bits of this underground genre with references ranging from the visual cannon of Argento and Bava or music influenced directly from Goblin and Ennio Morricone. Only available to own on Import DVD from England, months before a stateside release.
"Little Birds"- A pair of girls (Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker) who come from the impoverished coastal town of the Salton Sea, escape to the new world. Run off to be with boys from Los Angeles and learn to live on it's grimy streets. Held together by the two leads, it paints an unsteady portrait of disassociated youth. This film was work-shopped through the Sundance Film Institute (and it shows with a bare bones production and limited locations). Available through Netflix.
"Looper"- An action-packed Sci-Fi feature that hits the mark, in a time-traveling tale of "Loopers". Hitmen from the future who travel back in time to wipe out various clients. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same character doing battle in a smart and intense flick lensed by Rian Johnson, the maker of "Brick". Available at local Redbox locations (click there to find or watch the Trailer).
"The Thompsons"- In the Butcher Brothers' follow-up to "The Hamiltons", the infamous vampire family is on the run from the law and heads to England as the Thompsons. Low-budget, ultimately low-rent rehash of undead gangs warring with each other. Self-described as "Tarantino meets Twilight" on the box cover. At least, it captures some balance with a different story for a sequel, old school gore (even some practical F/X) and furious violence. Exclusively available to rent at local Family Video stores.