To be honest, there is little to watch this week on home video. That is, if you don't follow Indie films. So to educate anyone who doesn't know about these little films with big rewards, here's the new DVDs available for the first week in July.
"Afflicted"- What starts off as a standard "Found Footage" flick picks up with above average acting, solid special effects and an interesting set-up. Two friends (with camcorder in hand) travel abroad and one of them seems to come down with strange symptoms after a hard night of partying. Undoubtedly, blood will flow (in front of the camera) before they can find a cure. Writers, co-directors and stars Derek Lee and Clif Prowse's first feature won last year's Horror movie award at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Fest (this year's event starts later this month). Available on DVD and Blu Ray editions and you can rent it locally at Family Video.
"The Lunchbox"- A nourishing Bollywood Rom-Com about a blossoming love between a lonely widower (Irrfan Khan, "Slumdog Millionaire") and a bored housewife who have never met one another. Confusion in lunch deliveries at his office leads to love letters being sent back and forth in the serving containers. Sweet and satisfying, queue it up now at Netflix or stream it with Amazon Instant Video.
"The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears"- One of my choices for the Top 10 Indie Horror films of 2014... so far (look for that article later this weekend). Belgian husband and wife directing team-- Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet-- makers of "Amer", deliver another throwback to the Italian Giallo with even more illogical murders, weirder set pieces and wilder split screens. Beautiful cinematography and a soundtrack that takes its music from influential composers of the genre, like Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. Only available to own on Import DVD from Great Britain with English subtitles.
"The Unbelievers"- Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss crisscross the globe while giving public speeches about how reason disproves religious mythology. Frank and quite funny, this Documentary comes off as similar to a concert movie for men of science. Released Today on DVD, it's also available on iTunes for rental.
"The Wind Rises"- Hayao Miyazaki, master animator and the founder of Studio Ghibli, brings his final production, a well-engineered true life retelling of the man who designed the Japanese fighter planes used in World War II. A stunning work that will leave you breathless. Available now to purchase in an All Region Blu Ray imported from Japan with English subtitles. It may be a few more months before Disney releases their American edition with Hollywood actors dubbing in their voices.