Even putting aside the aforementioned rerelease of Donnie Darko, this is a sparklingly good week for indie-friendly DVD releases. Other films joining Richard Kelly's director's cut on the New Release wall include:
Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn, a real-time, nearly-plotless love-letter to Dragon Inn, the 1968 film by King Hu that profoundly influenced Tsai Ming-Liang's career. The film sets up shop at a screening of the classic film at a movie house on its last night of operation, but eschews the self-important urgency of it's cousin The Last Picture Show for light, sly (but never slight) silent comedy. And it's sloooooooow, too. Highly recommended.
The Oscar-nominated young-Che biopic The Motorcycle Diaries stars hearthrob Gael Garcia Bernal as the future revolutionary, and Rodrigo de la Serna as Alberto Granado, his travelling companion on a bike trip through South America. Directed by Walter Salles, Jr, the film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival
Another Sundance graduate to make it big, Saw stars screenwriter Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes as two men who find themselves mysteriously chained to rusty pipes. Good thing there are a couple of hacksaws lieing around … or is it?
(Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin) x (Jane Fonda + Yves Montand) = Tout va Bien